HMS JERVIS BAY

 

Armed Merchant Cruiser

 


 

HMS JERVIS BAY

Armed Merchant Cruiser

 


 

Commissioned: 15 Oct 1939

Fate: Sunk in action on 05 Nov 1940

 

This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of HMS JERVIS BAY, but a record of sailors of the ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY who served in her, photos they took and stories they may have shared with their families.

 

HMS Jervis Bay (F40) Armed Merchant Cruiser, built by Vickers Ltd. (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.). Commissioned Oct. 15, 1939.Lost Nov. 05, 1940 at position 53.41N, 32.17W.On November 05, 1940, H.M.S. Jervis Bay (A/Capt. Edward Stephen Fogarty Fegen, R.N.) was shelled and sunk in position 5241'N, 3217'W by the German pocket-battleship Admiral Scheer while engaging the superior enemy ship in a heroic, if hopeless, fight to give the 37 merchants in the convoy HX-84 a chance to escape, because the armed merchant cruiser was the sole escort. Her sacrifice allowed many ships of the convoy to scatter and escape in the night. Capt. E.S.F. Fegen (R.N.) was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, 190 men were lost, while 65 survivors were picked up by the Swedish merchant Stureholm that had turned back during the night to search for survivors.

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

BLANCHARD, Joseph

Sto 1c, RCNR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

CARSON, Morley W.

O/Sig, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

DANBY, William H.

O/Sig, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

HAWN, David E.

LS, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

JOHNSON, Alexander

Sto 1c, RCNR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

MacDONALD, Alexander

Sto 2c, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

MacKAY, William A.

ERA 4c, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

McRAE, Harry S.

ERA 4c, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

MOORE, Harry A. J.

ERA 4c, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

PRICE, Albert E.

ERA 4c, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

 

ROSS, Patrick L.

O/Sig, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

TAYLOR, Harold J.

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

WOOD, Roy M.

Sto 1c, RCNR

MPK - 05 Nov 1940

 

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

(s) - Survived the sinking of HMS JERVIS BAY

 

 


 

 


 

The article below was originally published in MACLEAN'S magazine - Dec 1959

Source: archive.macleans.ca

 

 


 

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