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HMCS ETTRICK K254

Former HMS ETTRICK K254

HMS Ettrick K254

Source: Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 11755

 

Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944,   Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 31 Dec 1941

Launched: 22 Feb 1943

Commissioned: 11 Jul 1943

Transferred to RCN: 29 Jan 1944

Commissioned: 29 Jan 1944

Returned to RN: 30 May 1945

Paid off: 30 May 1945

Fate: Broken up Jun 1953

 

Named after a river in Scotland, HMS Ettrick was commissioned  on 11 Jul 1943, as an RN ship and assigned to EG C-1, a Canadian escort group. On 29 Jan 1944, while undergoing a refit in Halifax, she was transferred to the RCN, and on completion of the refit on 06 May 1944 she was assigned to EG C-3. She arrived in Bermuda on 30 Sep 1944 for a month's working-up, and on her return made two round trips to Londonderry with EG C-3, before being transferred in October to EG 27, Halifax. She was employed locally until VE-Day, and on 30 May 1945, returned to the RN at Southampton. She was then converted to a combined operations HQ ship, though never employed as such, and in Apr 1946, was laid up at Harwich. In 1953 she was broken up at Grays, Essex.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr William Rolland Stacey, RCNR - 29 Sep 1944 - 20 Feb 1944

LCdr Edward Middlemas More, RCNR - 16 Mar 1944 - 30 May 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

Dobson, Clifford

1926-2008

 

 

 

E-F

Friend, James Thorpe

Killed 11 Apr 1945 on HMCS Strathadam

Served in Ettrick 29 Jan 1944 - 08 Mar 1944 as Ord Tel (T.O.)

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gray, Ernest Charles

1925-2014

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jones, Herbert W.

____-____

 

 

 

 

M-N

McGrath, Donald King

1917-1984

Served in Ettrick 04 May 1945 - 29 May 1945. Part of crew returning Ettrick to England for transfer back to RN

 

 

 

 

S-T

Stables, John Stirling

1924-2013

Stacey, William Roland

____-1961

1st Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Barlow, Douglas Wilson, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944

 

Buie, John Carscadden, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944

 

Bohme, John David, Lt, RCNVR - 06 May 1944

 

Cowburn, Herbert Houston, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945

 

Dick, Howard Douglas, Slt (E), RCNVR - 16 Mar 1944

Gardiner, Cyril Herbert, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1945

 

Heward, Charles Denys, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1944

 

James, John Edwin, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944

 

Lofthouse, Robert Noel, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944

 

Haldane, Alexander Goodall, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945

Rejall, Harold William, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1944

 

Sanders, Robert Lewis, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Feb 1944

 

Slater, Anthony Herbert Murray, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944

 

Smith, Malcolm Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Battle for Convoy BX-141

Personal photo gallery of James Thorpe Friend

 

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