They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Lawrence Newton Campbell


Petty Office Higher Submarine Detector, V14372, RCNVR


Born: 31 Aug 1921, Nanaimo, British Columbia


Died: 09 Mar 1944 St. John's, Newfoundland


Book of Remembrance


CAMPBELL, Lawrence Newton, PO, V14372, RCNVR, died - 09 Mar 1944, HMCS COLUMBIA, HMCS AVALON - Son of Archibald Burton and Evelyn Theresa Campbell, of Vancouver, BC; husband of Helen Louise Campbell, of Vancouver, BC.


PO Campbell died in the Royal Canadian Naval Hospital, St. John's NFLD on 09 Mar 1944 as a result of a fractured skull; an injury received during HMCS COLUMBIA'S accident at sea, when on 26 February 1944, due to heavy fog she rammed a cliff in Motion Bay, Nfld. PO Campbell is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, St. John's, Newfoundland.


Ships served in:

RCNVR DIVISION VANCOUVER - Enlisted 25 Sep 1939. Commenced Active Service - 18 May 1940

SS PASTEUR (Troopship) - Served in PASTEUR 27 Aug 1940 - 19 Sep 1940 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in ASSINIBOINE 31 Oct 1940 - 08 Nov 1940 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS ST FRANCIS - Served in ST FRANCIS 20 Nov 1940 - 12 Dec 1941 as an OS and AB, RCNVR.  Rated AB 11 Apr 1941

HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Served in PRINCE HENRY 13 Dec 1941 - 17 Dec 1941 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS COLUMBIA - Drafted to  COLUMBIA 30 Mar 1942 as an AB, RCNVR/  Rated A/LS 01 Apr 1942. Rated A/PO 01 Apr 1943

HMCS AVALON - Landed to AVALON 26 Feb 1944 after being injured on HMCS COLUMBIA when she rammed a cliff in Motion Bay, Newfoundland on 25 Feb 1944







(LC01-LC03) Certificate of Service - pages 1-3)  (LC04-LC05) Letters to PO Campbell's widow



Second World War Casualty Index