Monument to HMS / HMCS Aurora

by Christopher J. Cole 2016

HMCS Aurora

HMCS Aurora (Photo from the Canadian Navy Heritage website. Image Negative Number E–6546–2. )

HMS Aurora was an Arethusa–class light cruiser built at Devonport Dockyard, and commissioned into the Royal Navy in September 1914. She served with the Grand Fleet 1914–1916. She was teh first ship in action at the Battle of the Dogger Bank in 1915 and was present at the surrender of the German High Seas Fleet in November 1918.

Following the war, Aurora was placed in reserve and in 1920, the cruiser was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. After her arrival in Canada she set out on a training cruise to Esquimalt BC via teh Panama Canal and returning to Halifax. Her service with the Royal Canadian Navy was brief, being paid off in 1922. The cruiser was sold for scrap in 1927 and broken up by A.A. Lasseque, Sorel, QC.

Plaque Aurora

Plaque outside the Merchant Navy, Army, Navy & Air Force (ANAF) Hall at Sidney BC. (Photo from the Christopher James Cole collection. )

There is an error on the plaque. She was the first ship into action at the battle of Dogger Bank, 24 Jan 1915, not Jutland.

Gun Aurora

HMCS Aurora, Quick–Fire 4–inch/45 Mk IV Gun, on display in front of the Merchant Navy, Army, Navy & Air Force (ANAF) Hall, 9831 4th St, Sidney, BC. (Photo from the Christopher James Cole collection. )

This gun was one of six of this type carried by the Aurora.

Gun AuroraT

HMCS Aurora, Quick–Fire 4–inch/45 Mk IV Gun, on display in front of the Merchant Navy, Army, Navy & Air Force (ANAF) Hall, 9831 4th St, Sidney, BC. (Photo from the Christopher James Cole collection. )



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