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HMCS LOUISBURG K143

HMCS Louisburg K143 - 19 Oct 1942

From the collection of Thomas J. Simpson.

 

Laid down: 04 Oct 1940

Launched: 27 May 1941

Commissioned: 02 Oct 1941

Fate: Sunk on 06 Feb 1943

 

Built at Quebec City and commissioned there on 02 Oct 1941, Louisburg arrived at Halifax on 15 Oct 1941. She was assigned to Sydney Force until mid-Jan 1942, when she was transferred to Newfoundland Command. On 01 Feb 1942 she left St. John's for Londonderry as escort to convoy SC.67, another of whose escorts, HMCS Spikenard, was lost. After a long refit at Halifax, from 27 Mar 1942 to 27 Jun 1942, Louisburg made two more round trips to 'Derry before being assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch," the invasion of North Africa. She arrived at Londonderry on 23 Sep 1942, then proceeded to the Humber for fitting of extra A/A/ armament. This work was completed on 18 Oct 1942. On 09 Dec 1942, while anchored at Londonderry, she was accidentally rammed by HMS Bideford, necessitation five weeks' repairs at Belfast. Louisburg had scarcely commenced her "Torch" duties when, on the afternoon of 06 Feb 1943 near Cape Tenes, Algeria convoy KMF-8 (Gibraltar to Bone) was attacked by Italian Planes Savoia 79. HMCS Louisburg was hit by bombs and torpedoes and sank in position 36║15'N, 00║15'E. Forty-three of her crew were lost including several R.N. sailors and 2 Canadian sailors who died later of injuries received as a result of the sinking.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr William Franklin Campbell, RCNVR - 02 Oct 1941 - 06 Feb 1943

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

ADAMS, Charles J

AB, C/JX 155111, RN

MPK - 06 Feb 1943

ALDRED, Leslie

AB, V/22924, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

ANDERSON, Archibald Frederick

Stoker, V/14692, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

ANDERSON, Cecil Floyd

L/Sig, V/8276, RCNVR

DOW - 18 May 1943 

ANNABLE, Grant Carl

OS, V/33367, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

BANKS, Merl Alexander

AB, A/4891, RCNR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

BENJAMIN, Stanley

AB, V/2320, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

BETTESS, Edward

AB, V/24438, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

CAMPBELL, William Franklin

LCdr, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

Appointed to Louisburg 19 Jul 1941 as LCdr, RCNVR, CO, Stand by, then 02 Oct 1941 as LCdr, RCNVR, CO

CARTWRIGHT, Kenneth

OS, P/JX 334566, RN

MPK - 06 Feb 1943

COURNOYER, Roland

Stoker, V/4453, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

DUNCAN, James

OS, D/FX 83112, RN

MPK - 06 Feb 1943

FORREST, George Arthur Crites

ERA, V/33125, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

GARDEN, Rayburn Vincent

ERA, V/25691, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

GAUVIN, Joseph Magloire RenÚ

OS, V/35564, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

GILBERT, William Mccombie

Tel, V/13821, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

GRAVES, Carleton Scott

AB, A/1369, RCNR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

GRIFFIN, Earle Frederick

AB, V22559, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943

HALL, James

AB, V/18600, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

HANCOCK, Archibald

L/Radio Mech, P/MX 117624, RN

MPK - 06 Feb 1943

LEWIS, William Erskine

AB, V/1595, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

LIDDLE, Eric

OS, P/JX 334632, RN

MPK - 06 Feb 1943

MACDONALD, Donald Malcolm

LS, V/6251, RCNVR

DOW - 08 Feb 1943 

MACGREGOR, Duncan

Stoker, V/19596, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

MACLEOD, Gordon Irwin

Sig, V/319, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

MACPHAIL, John Angus

Coder, V/1588, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

MACPHAIL, Sidney John

Stoker, V/456, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

MCCLELLAN, John F.

AB, 4612, RCN

killed - 06 Feb 1943

MCDONALD, Ronald Joseph

AB, V/11491, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

MCNEILL, Donald

CERA, V/23718, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

MERRYWEATHER, Hugh

Coder, V/12751, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

MORIN, Joseph Georges Edouard Vincent

OS, V/3985, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

NINIAN, Thomas Maxton

Ord. Tel, V/13776, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

PATERSON, Robert Laurence

Sig, V/24617, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

RICE, Stanley Norman

Stoker, V/31943, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

ROBINSON, Elwin

Tel, V/22987, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

SHEPPARD, Thomas W

AB, D/JX 147250, RN

MPK - 06 Feb 1943

SMITH, Arthur John

PO Tel, V/9368, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

STEVENSON, James C.R.

LS, V/5282, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

TANNER, James Arthur

AB, V/22913, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

VIKSTROM, Jack Richard

AB, V/33099, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

WATSON, Norman Russell

Stoker, V/9654, RCNVR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

WILSON, Ernest

Lt, RCNR

killed - 06 Feb 1943 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

I-J

Jarvis, Robert A.

____-1993

Survived the sinking of Louisburg. Lt at the time of the sinking

 

 

 

 

M-N

McLean, Elvin Raymond

____-1972

Survived the sinking of Louisburg. AB at time of sinking

McDonald, Mel

1923-2011

Money, John

1919-2000

 

 

O-P

Parks, Blanchard S.

____-2001

Survived the sinking of Louisburg. OS at time of sinking

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Robinson, William Edward

____-2007

Survived the sinking of Louisburg. L/Tel at time of sinking

 

 

 

 

S-T

Tingley, Hall William Frederick

____-1992

Survived the sinking of Louisburg. Lt at the time of the sinking.

 

 

 

 

W-X

White, George Edward

1913-2002

Wright, William Richard

____-____

Drafted to Louisburg 28 Apr 1942 as Slt, RCNVR. Survived the sinking of Louisburg

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

(SD) = Survived sinking of HMCS Louisburg K143 on 06 Feb 1943

Anderson, C., L/Sig, RCNVR (SD)


Ayres, OS (SD)


Brewer, F., Sto, RCNVR (SD)


Buckley, Andrew, LS, RCNVR (SD)

 

Carragher, Frank, Cook, RCNVR (SD)

 

Charlton, John, AB, RCNVR (SD)


Cornell, James, L/SBA, RCNVR (SD)


Crone, K.K., Tel, RCNVR (SD)


Dupont, I.J., Tel, RCNVR (SD)


Gibson, Lorne, AB, RCNVR (SD)


Guersette, Joseph Rene, OS, RCNVR (SD)


Hawes, James, Sto, RCNVR (SD)

 

Heslam, Richard Murray, Lt (G), RCNVR 

 

Jenkins, Gordon, AB, RCNVR (SD)

Juillette, Charles, PO, RCNR (SD)


Keenan, R., Stwd, RCNVR (SD)


Keill, John, LS, RCNVR (SD)


Latremouille, J.M., L/SA, RCNVR (SD)


MacDonald, Donald, LS, RCNVR (SD)


McCauley, J., Stwd, RCNVR (SD)


McDonald, G., AB, RCNR (SD)


McIntyre, A., PO, RCN (SD)


McNeney, James, PO, Sig, RCN (SD)


McPhee, Daniel, PO ERA, RCNVR (SD)


Mercer, Maxwell, CPO, RCN (SD)


Morrison, H., Sto, RCNR (SD)


Musselman, D., AB, RCNVR (SD)

 

Tingley, Hall William Frederick, Lt, RCNVR -  Jan 1942 (SD)

 

Oliphant, W., Sto, RCNVR (SD)

Pain, Ernest, AB, RCNVR (SD) (Ernest Pain retired from the Navy as a CPO. In Nov 2017 he was still alive)

 

Quinsey, W.J., AB, RCNR (SD)


Ransome, Wilson, L/CK, RCN (SD)


Regan, M., AB, RCNVR (SD)


Reimers, I., Sto, RCNVR (SD)


Rhodes, Hubert, AB, RCNVR (SD)


Ritson-Bennett, W., AB, RCNR (SD)


Ruthven, Albert, AB, RCNVR (SD)


Senior, Arthur, OS, Royal Navy (SD)


St. Laurent, James, OS, RCNVR (SD)


Stewart, D., AB, RCNVR (SD)


Tembley, R., OS (SD)


Welsh, C., OS, RCNVR (SD)


Willett, James A., L/Sto, RCNVR (SD)

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Louisburg

Newspaper article on 4 brothers who served in WW II - one, RenÚ Gauvin - lost when HMCS Louisburg was sunk

Courtesy of Rene Gauvin (nephew of RenÚ Gauvin)

Duncan Macgregor, Stoker, V/19596, RCNVR

Photo taken in from of the family home on Hall Ave, Windsor, Ont.

Courtesy of William (Bill) Macgregor

Newspaper article on the sinking of HMCS Louisburg K143

The Toronto Globe and Mail - 17 Feb 1943

Source: Democracy at War (Canadian War Museum)

Drawing that appears in local newspapers on the loss of HMCS Louisburg K143

From the collection of Blanchard (Budd) Parks

Courtesy of Karla Kordyban

"A Gallant Ship"

Newspaper article on the loss of HMCS Louisburg K143

From the collection of Blanchard (Budd) Parks

Courtesy of Karla Kordyban

Newspaper article on 4 survivors from the sinking of HMCS Louisburg K143

From the collection of Blanchard (Budd) Parks

Courtesy of Karla Kordyban

Newspaper article on the loss of HMCS Louisburg K143

Courtesy of Beverley Plume

Newspaper article from the Globe and Mail, 17 Feb 1943 on the loss of HMCS Louisburg K143

Courtesy of Beverley Plume

Newspaper article from the Family Herald and Weekly Star on the loss of HMCS Louisburg K143

Courtesy of Beverley Plume

Photos of Louisburg survivors and casualties - from the Daily Star 16 Feb 1943

Courtesy of Beverley Plume

Photos of HMCS Louisburg casualties from Toronto, ON

Courtesy of Beverley Plume

List of survivors of HMCS Louisburg K143

Courtesy of Beverley Plume

HMCS Louisburg K143 - Casualty list

Courtesy of Beverly Plume

Newspaper article on the loss of HMCS Louisburg - survivors tell their story

The Moncton Daily Time - 11 Mar 1943

Courtesy of Beverley Plume

 

 

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