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HMCS OTTAWA H60

Former HMS CRUSADER

HMCS Ottawa H60

Source: Naval Museum of Manitoba

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-42

 

 

Laid down: 12 Sep 1930

Launched: 30 Sep 1931

Commissioned: 02 May 1932

Transferred to RCN: 05 Jun 1938

Commissioned: 05 Jun 1938

Sunk: 13 Sep 1942

 

Built by the Naval dockyard, Portsmouth, UK, she was commissioned on 02 May 1932 as HMS Crusader. She was purchased by the RCN and commissioned as Ottawa on 15 Jun 1938 at Chatham, U.K. She arrived at Esquimalt 07 Nov 1938 and, the war intervening, left for Halifax almost exactly a year later. Though assigned to the RN's America and West Indies Station, she remained based at Halifax as a local escort to eastbound convoys. She left Halifax for the Clyde 27 Aug 1940, and on arrival was assigned to EG 10, Greenock, until the formation of Newfoundland Command in Jun 1941. Ottawa then shifted her base to St. John's and was employed as a mid-ocean escort from Jun 1941 onward, joining EG C-4 in May 1942. On 13 Sep 1942, while escorting convoy ON.127, she was torpedoed and sunk by U 91 in the North Atlantic with a loss of 116 officers and men.

 

From the war diary of  Joseph Ambrose Walter Lees: "The Ottawa got it on the 13th, there were only 69 survivors out of a crew of 175, plus 50 that they had picked out of the water. She was hit in the mess deck and in the boiler room. She broke in two. The halves stood on end and went straight down."

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Victor Gabriel Brodeur, RCN - 15 Jun 1938 - 01 Oct 1938

Cdr Cuthbert Robert Holland Taylor - 02 Oct 1938 - 20 Nov 1938

Capt George Clarence Jones, RCN - 21 Nov 1938 - 01 Apr 1940

Cdr Edmund Rolllo Mainguy, RCN - 02 Apr 1940 - 20 Jul 1941

A/LCdr Angus (Gus) George Boulton, RCNVR - 21 Jul 1941 - 18 Aug 1941

A/Cdr Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN - 19 Aug 1941 - 13 Nov 1941

A/Cdr Colin Degge Donald, RCN - 14 Nov 1942 - 04 Jul 1942

A/LCdr Clark Anderson (Larry) Rutherford, RCN - 05 Jul 1942 - 13 Sep 1942

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

ADLINGTON, Howard Hibbert

Supply Ass't, V25539, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

ASHLEY, Robert P

AB, V9615, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BAGGS, William Frederick

AB, D/JX 181712, RN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BAIRD, John Allison

Sto, V2608, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BAKER, Elgy Edward

Sto, A2309, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BEDDIS, Samuel John

ERA, 21605, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BELL, David Ovenston

OS, V27435, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BOWEN, Stephen David

Sto, V22566, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BOWMAN, Eric Jack

AB, V17584, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BROWN, Robert David

LS, V5407, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BUCHESKI, William

AB, V19035, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BURN, Albert Edward

OS, V14823, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

BURROUGHS, Walter Payne

AB, V17304, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CAMPBELL, Gordon Keith

OS, 4345, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CAMPBELL, Woodrow Wilson

OS, V19589, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CHANDLER, Harry Manfield

AB, V1364, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CHISHOLM, Robert Donald

AB, 4241, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CLEMO, Frederick John Byron

AB, 4216, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

COLLIER, Chesley

AB, A1275, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

COLLIN, Joseph Adelard Jean Louis

Sto, V3686, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CONNOLLY, Richard Joseph

L/Sto, V25107, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

COOMER, Frederick William

AB, V22886, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

COOPER, Ewart Beaumont

LS, V18165, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

COUSINEAU, Lionel

Sto, V4447, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CRANE, Walter James

Sig, V8330, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CRAWFORD, Gordon Ralph

PO, V14333, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CREANEY, Thomas

AB, V5490, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CRESSEY, Harold Franklin

Sig, V22573, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CUDMORE, Alfred

AB, V1422, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

CULLIFORD, Doyle Ingram

Sto, V8846, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

DAVIES, William Thomas

AB, 4242, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

DEEVES, Arthur James

L/Tel, 2813, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

DON, John Rutherford

Tel, 3710, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

DORAN, Patrick Dixon

Sto, V2844, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

DOUGLAS, Albert

AB, V9393, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

DUGUAY, Henri Robert

Cook, V4361, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

EMERSLUND, Arnold Goodwin

Tel, 3691, RCN

DOW - 13 Sep 1942 

FISHER, John Agnew

AB, 4288, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

FROATS, Donald MacRae

Cook, 40572, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

GALLAGHER, Howard Joseph

LS, 3596, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

GARLAND, Melvin

AB, 40815, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

GIBB, James Arthur

AB, 4244, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

GLASGOW, Charles Edmund

AB, V5909, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HARKER, James Sharp

L/Tel, V30011, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HARRIS, Carl Norman

OS, V335, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HEIBERG, Kenneth Gordon

PO, 2599, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HENDRY, George Ainslie

Surg/Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

Drafted to HMCS Ottawa on 09 Mar 1942

HENRY, Robert

AB, V7609, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HICKEY, John Chelsey

AB, A4613, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HOBBIS, William Herbert

Electrical Artificer, 40625, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HOCKLEY, John Wood

Stwd, X41056, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HOLMES, Earl Ira

AB, 4066, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HOUGHTON, David Harvey

Ord. Sig, V27568, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HOWARD, Frederick Chaffer

Tel, 3774, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

HUNT, William Edward Davis

Sto, V11819, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

KING, Arthur Haliburton

OS, V452, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

KOSTENKO, Nicholas

Tel, 4677, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

LABONTE, Ernest

Sto, V4391, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

LEROY, Charles Edgar

AB, V19286, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

LESLIE, Kenneth Lloyd

Sto, A1315, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MACDONALD, Arthur Andrew

L/Supply Ass't, V25249, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MACDONALD, Herbert Colquhoun

Chief Sto, 21237, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MACKENZIE, Charles Alexander

PO, V7757, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MACMILLAN, Alexander

L/S.B.A., V18315, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MADOLE, Carl Hubert

OS, V10743, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MASSON, Andre

AB, A4291, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MCKECHNIE, Morton Hugh

AB, V10554, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MCLEOD, Ian Stanley

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

Drafted to HMCS Ottawa on 20 Apr 1942

MILBURN, John Robert

Ordnance Art., 40939, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MILLER, Earl Glawson

Sto, 21692, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MOORE, Albert Arthur

Sto PO, V5964, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MORRISON, Francis Alexander

Sto PO, A2239, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MORRISON, Harry

Sto, V27050, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MUCHMORE, John Vincent

Sto, 21884, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

MURPHY, Gerald William

OS, V331, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

NEATH, John Frederick Earl

AB, V22970, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

NEIL, Percy Thomas

AB, V6513, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

PALMER, Ralph Barry Nelson

AB, V9785, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

PARADIS, Paul Vincent

AB, V3312, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

PEPPLER, Stanley

AB, 4299, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

PETTITT, John Bertum

Sto, V18293, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

PIONTEK, Jack Wallace

AB, V7512, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

POOLES, Donald Hamilton

Tel, V9834, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

PORTER, Harold Steven

OS, V27475, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

PURCELL, Herbert Augustus

ERA, A1056, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

QUIGLEY, Lloyd Peter William

AB, 4253, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

RASMUSSEN, Clifford John

OS, V24916, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

RICHES, Clifford

AB, V7830, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

ROBERTSON, Earl James

Coder, V9967, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

ROBINSON, Walter Victor

AB, 2783, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

ROBSHAW, George Albert

AB, 4214, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

ROOP, Roy Munroe

AB, A4747, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

RUTHERFORD, Clark Anderson

LCdr, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SECORD, Gerard Frederic

AB, V2272, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SHEPPARD, David George

L/Sig, V9817, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SHILLITO, John George

AB, 4291, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SIMONS, Clinton Le Roy

Ord. Sig, 4639, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SLAUNWHITE, Harry Melvin

AB, A4589, RCNR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SMITH, Alexander Dyer

AB, V24133, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SMITH, Arthur Stanley

AB, 4224, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SMITH, Kenneth Gordon

Cook, V14721, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SMITH, Roseville St Clair

Sto, V23564, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

SOUTHALL, Harry Kenneth

AB, V24012, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

STEPHENS, Oswald Bertman

Sto, 21661, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

STREET, Leslie G

AB, P/JX158647, RN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942

TAYLOR, Ernest Francis

AB, V8299, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

TAYLOR, Frederick Francis Monroe

AB, V19524, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

TRAINOR, Alfred Noel

PO Stwd, 40459, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

TREMBLEY, Joseph Antonio

AB, 4255, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

TRUDEL, Camille Gerard

Stoker, V3555, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

WHITING, Basil Evans

AB, 4037, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

WILSON, Archibald Whetsone

Sto, 21535, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

WILSON, Donald Alexander Kenneth

Slt, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

WRIGHT, Keith Francis

Slt, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

YOUNG, Thomas William

AB, 3497, RCN

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

 

ZINCK, Cyril Milford

Supply Ass't, V25607, RCNVR

MPK - 13 Sep 1942 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Benson, Patrick Campbell

1916-1998

Served in Ottawa in 1940 as an Ordinary Seaman

Bernard, Pierre

1918-2015

Served in Ottawa 05 Jun 1938 - 13 Sep 1942. Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa.

Bissett, Aubrey Allison

1901-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

Blakelock, John Clifford

____-2005

Drafted to Ottawa 06 Feb 1940 as Lt, RCN

Budge, Patrick David

1904-1998

Drafted to Ottawa on 06 May 1940 as Gnr (T), RCN

C-D

Clarke, Edward Newton

1914-2011

Drafted to Ottawa in 1940 as Engineering Officer

Clarke, John James Ashworth

1919-2015

Served in Ottawa 1940-1941 as an AB, Gunner, RCN

Daley, Arthur T.

1922-2006

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

Dobing, Sidney

1922-2013

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

Donald, Colin Degge

1899-1974

7th Commanding Officer

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

 

 

 

 

G-H

Grivel, George

____-1996

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

 

 

 

 

I-J

Jenson, Latham Brerton

1921-2004

Served in Ottawa as Gunnery Officer. Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

Jones, George Clarence

1895-1946

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

K-L

Lantier, Joseph Antoine Jacques Dunn

1916-1985

 Drafted to Ottawa on 27 Apr 1942 as Lt, RCNVR. Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

Logos, Steve Frank 

1924-2012

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

 

 

 

M-N

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Ottawa in 1940

Mainguy, Edmond Rollo

1901-1979

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

O-P

Owen, Mervyn

1922-2007

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa. Was an AB at the time of the sinking

Paige, Leslie Arthur Coope

____-1952

Pullen, Hugh, Francis

1905-1983

Drafted to Ottawa  on 15 Jun 1938 as LCdr (G), RCN, 1st Lt.

6th Commanding Officer

Pullen, Thomas Charles

1918-1990

Drafted to Ottawa 17 Feb 1942 as Lt (G), RCN. Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

 

Q-R

Rollinson, Frederick M.

____-1950

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa  

 

 

 

 

S-T

Skillen, Clement Roallan

1918-2006

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

Soles, Norman Storie

1922-1992

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa. He was an Able Seaman at the time of the sinking

Stubbs, John Hamilton

____-1944

See HMCS Athabaskan G07

Taylor, Cuthbert Robert Holland

1895-____

2nd Commanding Officer

Tizard, John

1918-1987

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

U-V

Underhill, Alvin Richard

1921-2012

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, Kenneth Eric

1924-2011

Waller, James

1917-1973

Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa. Was a A/PO, Cook(S), RCN at the time of the sinking

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

(SD) = Survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa H60 on 13 Sep 1942

Abwheeler, Vernon, ERA 3c, V22137, RCNVR (SD)


Acton, Robert G., AB, V18199, RCNVR (SD)


Archbald, Herbert L., AB, 3124, RCN (SD)


Barriault, Michael, A/L/Steward, A2961, RCNR (SD)


Billard, Robert A., Shipwright 3c, 40663, RCN (SD)

 

Buchanan, Thomas Hugh, Slt, RCNVR drafted to HMCS Ottawa on 11 May 1942 (SD)


Carracher, F., Cook, V1521, RCNVR (SD)


Causley, John L., Supply Assistant, V19414, RCNVR (SD)

 

Charrier, Georges Joseph 


Currie, Patrick D., PO, 2800, RCN (SD)


Doucette, Wilfred U., AB, A4762, RCNR (SD)


Eagle, Frederick W., CERA, 21549, RCN (SD)


Foy (Fox?), Edward R., AB, V22894 (SD)


Fraser, Alexander, OS, V326, RCNVR (SD)


Gignac, Robert H., Stoker, V19217, RCNVR (SD)

 

Haddon, Philip Edwin, Lt, RCN - 02 Apr 1940


Hard, Arthur A., A/PO, 3267, RCN (SD)


Hawkins, George H., Sto, V18463, RCNVR (SD)

 

Hill, Jimmy - 1942


Hood, Patrick A., LS, 2486, RCN (SD)


Hunger, Herbert, OS, V14625, RCNVR (SD)


Johnson, George D., Sto, V8887, RCNVR (SD)

 

Jones, Ernest Usher, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1940

 

Jones, Lloyd Irwin, Gunner, RCN drafted to HMCS Ottawa on 08 Jun 1941 as A/Gnr (T) (SD)

Joseph, Aurelle F., AB, 4248, RCN (SD) 


Kirkpatrick, James J., Stwd, V13662, RCNVR (SD)

 

Knowlton, John Grant, Cdr (E), RCN

 

Lanman, Albert Cyril, Lt (E), RN - 23 May 1938 (Stand by)

 

Layman, Albert Cyril, Lt (E), RN - 15 Jun1938


Leighton, Thomas A., Sig, V24029, RCNVR (SD)


Locke, Maurice M., ERA 3c, 21650, RCN (SD)


MacKinnon, Duncan L., OS, V10550, RCNVR (SD)

 

Madwick, Edward Thomas, Lt, RCN - 09 Jun 1940


Mason, Roy, A., Cook (S), A834, RCNR (SD)

 

McCauley, Harry - 1942


McCauley, Henry A., AB, V6239, RCNVR (SD)


McGillivray, Donald Lachlan, Lt (E), RCNVR (SD)


McGiyn, George H., L/Sto, 231592, RCN (SD)


McLaurin, Donald, Writer, V6440, RCNVR (SD) 


McLeod, Malcolm A., L/Sto, 21759, RCN (SD)


McQueen, William S., L/Sig, V2110, RCNVR (SD)

 

Mills, James Gordon, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 194

 

Nolan, James, Lt, RCNR - 06 May 1941


Paradis, Anthony G., Supply Ass't, 40719, RCN (SD)


Parent, Joseph N., Sto 2c, V3723, RCNVR (SD)


Pattern, Kenneth, L/Cook (O), V13806, RCNVR (SD)

 

Reeves, Douglas H., AB, 4254, RCN (SD)

Scott, Peter W., AB, V7623, RCNVR (SD)


Seath, Ritchie O., Coder, V23611, RCNVR (SD)


Sinclair, Roy C., A/Sto PO, 21564, RCN (SD)


Smith, Cecil, A/ERA 3c, V30468, RCNVR (SD)


Smith, John PO, 1861, RCN (SD)


Stone, Douglas B., AB, 4222, RCN (SD)


Taylor, David S., PO, 3393, RCN (SD)


Terrabassi, Joseph, OS, V19351, RCNVR (SD)


Thomas, Fernard, OS, 4171, RCN (SD)


Thomas, Richard H., A/Sto PO, V15131, RCNVR (SD)

 

Turnbull, Alexander Reginald, Lt, RCN - 15 Jun 1938


Walterson, Budmende J., A/L/Sto, V2201, RCNVR (SD)


Waycik, Walter E., AB, V22866, RCNVR (SD)


Wedmark, Alvin G., AB, V9592, RCNVR (SD)


Weir, Robert R., AB, V17167, RCNVR (SD)


Williamson, John N., Stoker, V1680, RCNVR (SD)


Wilson, John E., Stoker, V12367, RCNVR (SD)

 

Winterburn, George Frederick, Lt (E), RCNR - 25 May 1940


Withus, Alfred S., AB, V16464, RCNVR (SD)


Works, Harlan, Stoker, V26154, RCNVR (SD)


Worth, Elton, AB, V1227, RCNVR (SD)


Wortman, George E., A/Sto PO, 21200, RCN (SD)

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Battle for Convoy HX-133

Board of Inquiry - Loss of HMCS Ottawa

Convoy O.N. 127 and the loss of HMCS Ottawa

Diary entry of Sid Dobing leading up to and including the commissioning of HMCS Ottawa H61

HMCS Ottawa / HMS Crusader - Naval History Net

"Our Gallant Doctor" Enigma and Tragedy: Surgeon Lieutenant George Hendry and HMCS Ottawa 1942

Personal photo gallery of John James Ashworth Clarke

Personal photo gallery of Sid Dobing

The Memory Project - Georges Joseph Charrier

 

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