Survivors

Ships Complement 255 / Casualties 190 / Survivors 65

Officers

     

BUTLER. Ronald Alfred Gardyne 'Rags'. R.N.R. Midshipman. (Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.) Action Station - After Gun Control. Won D.S.C. Medal (Distinguished Service Cross) - " was one of the last to join the raft having been in the water for some time. He immediately took charge and showed outstanding leadership and initiative."

BYAM - CORSTIAENS. Guy Frederick. R.N.V.R. T/A/ Sub. Lieutenant (E.) (Newport Pagnall, Buckinghamshire, England.) Known as 'Guy Byam', wounded and invalided out of the R.N.V.R., he joined the B.B.C. (radio) in England 1944 as a war reporter. Plane shot down and killed in a dawn raid over Berlin 3/2/1945.

CURRIE, John Hewitt, R.N.R., 2nd Radio Officer (Totnes, Devon, England). Worked in a factory in the North of England after WW2, but spent most of his working life at the BBC Monitoring Service at Caversham Park, near Reading, Berkshire, England.

     

MOSS. Harold Gordon. R.N.R. T/Lieutenant (E.) (Lambeth, London, England.)

ROBERTSON. Arthur John. R.N.R. T/Lieutenant (E.)

SARGEANT. John Gordon. R.N.R. T/Paymaster Lieutenant=T/Lt (S.)

     

SHACKLETON. Richard. R.N.R. 2nd Radio officer. (Keighley, West Yorkshire, England.)

URQUHART. Randolph William. R.N.R. 3rd Lieutenant (E) . (North Shields, Durham, England.) Due to lengthy time in North Atlantic and on life raft, suffered badly from the cold. Died prematurely of a heart attack 23/3/1942, attributed to heart weakness due to his time on the liferaft.

WOOD. Norman Edgar. R.N.R. T/Lieutenant. Won D.S.O. Medal (Distinguished Service Order) - "as the senior surviving officer, I was impressed by his modesty and by the manner in which he took charge of the survivors in the Stureholm and since arrival at Halifax."

     

Canadian Ratings

     

ARMSTRONG. John Robert. R.C.N.R. Stoker. (Halifax, Nova Scotia.)

BEAMAN. George. R.C.N.R. Stoker. (Halifax, Nova Scotia.) Action Station - Released smoke floats/firefighting duties. Won D.S.M. (Distinguished Service Medal) - "did excellent work in getting the rafts out and later on dived into the water several times in attempts to rescue...men."

DARNBROUGH. Walter L. R.C.N.V.R. A.B. (Toronto, Ontario.)

     

FUNGE. Christie. R.C.N. Stoker. (Halifax, Nova Scotia.)

GREENE. Dalton. R.C.N.V.R. Engine Room Articifer (E.R.A.) (Ottawa, Ontario.)

MARGINSON. Kenneth. R.C.N.V.R. E.R.A. (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.)

     

MORROW. Everett. R.C.N.R. Scullion. (Saint John, New Brunswick.)

SMITH. John Thomas. R.C.N.V.R. Stoker. (Toronto, Ontario.)

STEVENS. Warren D. R.C.N.R. Stoker. (Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.)

     

Newfoundland Ratings

At the time of her sinking, Newfoundland was not part of Canada. Newfoundland joined Confederation March 31, 1949.

 

SQUIRES. George Malcolm. H.O. Ordinary Seaman. (St Johns, Newfoundland.)

TAYLOR. Arthur William. H.O. Ordinary Seaman. (St, Johns, Newfoundland.) After WW2, went to New York, USA to find work. Unhappy, he returned to Newfoundland to learn the trade of electrician. He worked in various companies, Art Noseworthy Ltd & the Janeway Children's Hospital, St Johns being two of them.

TILLEY. Lewis. H.O. Ordinary Seaman. (St Johns, Newfoundland.)

     

British Ratings

     

APPLEYARD. Arthur Robert. ('Titch'.) R.F.R. A.B. (Boston, Lincolnshire, England.) Action Station - Shell magazines. Regularly attended J.B. crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

BAIN. Donald. R.N.R. Seaman. (Wick, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Member of anti-aircraft gun-crew. Awarded D.S.M. (Disinguished Service Medal.) - "was extensively burnt endeavouring to save one of the same gun's crew who was on fire. He had previously been slightly wounded on the scalp."

BARKER. John. ('Jack'). R.N.V.R. A.B. (Harlesden, Middlesex, England.) Action Station - Member of S.B. Anti-Aircraft gun-crew

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BARNETT. William. M.N. T-124. Assistant Steward. Action Station - Shell magazine room. Awarded D.S.M. (Distinguished Service Medal) - "was stationed in the foremost shell room, when things went wrong and the lights went out. Barnett stuck to his post endeavouring to get the emergency lighting to work. He would not leave his post until (receiving) orders to do so, although he could serve no useful purpose by remaining below."

BILLINGE. Frederick W.G. R.F.R. A.B. (Peckham, London, England.) Action Station - Member of S2 gun-crew. Regularly attended J.B. crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

BONNEY. Harry Lionel. ('Tiddly'.) R.F.R. Leading Seaman. (Ealing, London, England.) Action Station - Member of S3 gun-crew. Regularly attended J.B. crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

     

CASTLE. Charles. R.N. Petty Officer. (Dover, Kent, England,) Action Station - Generating Room. Awarded D.S.M. (Distinguished Service Medal) - "displayed marked courage and leadership both during the action and later on after the ship had been abandoned. His example under most trying circumstances was a great help."

CHRISTIE. Donald. M.N. T-124. Assistant Steward. Action Station - Ammunitions.

COOPER. William James Albert. R.N.V.R. A.B. (Edmonton, London, England.) Action Station - Sightsetter on P1 gun-crew. Awarded D.S.M. (Distinguished Service Medal) - "was sightsetter on P1 gun. Orders had been given to abandon the forecastle and all the surviving men had left except Cooper. He had received no orders through his telepad and remained at his post alone. He stayed there quietly awaiting orders until he realised that the fore part of the ship had been abandoned. Then only did he leave."

     

CROWSON. George. M.N. T-124. Stoker 1st Class. Action Station - Ammunitions.

DAVISON. Thomas. ('Davo'.) R.N.R. A.B. (Dover, Kent, England.) Action Station - Member of P3 gun-crew. Regularly attended J.B. crew reunions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

DOULL. George. R.N.R. Seaman. (Wick, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Action Station - Member of anti-aircraft gun-crew.

     

DOVE. Charles. M.N. T-124. Assistant Steward. Action Station - Ammunitions.

DRAPER. Bernard. R.F.R. A.B.

DRURY. Dennis. M.N. T-124. Stoker. Awarded D.S.M. (Distinguished Service Medal.) - "took a prominent part in organising the launching of the rafts. The ship was being heavily shelled and Drury's coolness and determination were an example to everyone." Regularly attended J.B. crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

     

DUNBAR. David. R.N.R. Seaman. (Lybster, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Action Station - Member of anti-aircraft gun-crew.

DURRAND. John S. R.N.R. Seaman. (Wick, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Action Station - Member of anti-aircraft gun-crew.

DURRAND. Robert. R.N.R. Seaman. (Wick, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Member of anti-aircraft gun-crew.

     

EGGLESTON. John Christopher. ('Eggy'.) R.F.R. A,B. (Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.) Action Station - Chief Gunner of P2 gun-crew. Awarded D.S.M. (Distinguished Service Medal.) - "...was No.1 of P2 gun. He was wounded but remained at his post and by his example, kept the surviving members of the gun's crew together." Regularly attended crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

ELLMES. Shedrack C. M.N. T-124. Stoker 1st Class.

GIBBS. Frederick. R.F.R. Leading Seaman. (Hornchurch, Essex, England.) Regularly attended J.B. crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

     

GRUBB. Victor S. R.N.V.R. A.B.

GUNN. Robert. R.N.R. Seaman. (Wick, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Member of anti-aircraft gun-crew.

HANDLEY. Alfred. R.F.R. A.B.

     

HANLON. John Thomas W. ('Tom'.) R.F.R. Leading Seaman. ( Shepherd's Bush, London, England.) Action Station - Member of P1 gun-crew. Regularly attended J.B. crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

LANE. Henry James. H.O. A.B. (London, England.)

LIS. Frank Sidney. R.N.R. Seaman.

     

MACQUEEN. William G. M.N. T-124. Storekeeper. (Lossiemouth, Morayshire, Scotland.)

McCONNELL. John. M.N. T-124. Stoker 1st Class.

MOONIE. Alec. R.N.R. Seaman. (Wick, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Member of anti-aircraft gun-crew.

     

MORDAUNT. Charles. M.N. T-124. Assistant Steward. Action Station - Ammunitions.

MORRILL. Thomas Arthur. R.F.R. A.B.

NICHOLLS. Horace J. R.F.R. A.B.

     

OAG. William. R.N.R. Seaman. (Thrumster, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Member of After-gun/ Anti-Aircraft gun-crew.

ORMSTON. Sidney Walker. M.N. T-124. Assistant Butcher.

PATIENCE. Samuel S. R.N.R. Seaman. (Inverness, Highlands, Scotland.) Action Station - Member of P1 gun-crew.

     

PAYNE, Percy Charles (Whacker).- M.N. (T124) Assistant Steward. (Weymouth, Dorset, England). Went on to work for ferry companies after WW2 (British Rail Ferries amongst others), sailing to France from England later in his career, so I am led to believe. From 1952, He lived in Saint-Malo, France. Percy Payne died 7th February, 1974, at the 'Seamen's Hospital' in Greenwich, London (aged 63 years.)

REID. James. R.N.R. Seaman. (Wick, Caithness, Scotland.) Action Station - Member of aftergun/ anti-Aircraft gun-crew.

RUSHALL. Francis B. ('Crackers'.) R.F.R. Leading Seaman. (Shirley, Birmingham, West Midlands, England.) Action Station - Member of P2 gun-crew.

     

SPILLER. Charles H.J. R.F.R. A.B.

SQUIRES. Robert A. R.N.R. Seaman. (Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.) Married his Canadian sweetheart and moved to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after WW2, where he lived as one of the last remaining crew survivors, until his death in the late 2000's. He took part in many wreath laying services for J.B. crew at the J.B. memorial in Saint John.

WALLIS. Walter R. R.N.R. Petty Officer. (Kingston Upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England.) Action Station - Steered the ship into enemy action. Regularly attended the J.B. crew re-unions at the Marylebone Station, London from 1946.

     

WHITING. Hugh Douglas. R.N.R. P.O. Pensioner. (Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England.)

WOOD. James Harold. ('Slinger'.) R.N.R. Leading Seaman. (Southport, Lancashire, England.) Awarded C.G.M. (Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.) - "showed outstanding leadership and initiative on the raft after the ship was abandoned. He gave everyone confidence and encouragement and concealed the fact that he was wounded in both thighs." Regularly attended the J.B. crew re-unions at Marylebone Station, London from 1946. Wood continued to fight in WW2 with great distinction, after overcoming his injuries. He later lost a hand and after WW2, he worked for the Council In Southport where he lived, until passing away at the relatively young age of 53 years.

 
     
     
     

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