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Royal Newfoundland Navy
Donated by Len Taylor
| Otto Taylor was born in Jun of 1920, the son of Walter
Cameron Taylor and Jessica Collins. Otto died 10 Dec 1997, and is
buried in the Field
of Honour with his wife, Ellen [1919-1999]. The Field of Honour is
located in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. John's, NL.
Otto joined the Royal Navy [Newfoundland] during WW II. |
The following is an excerpt from Herb Wells' book "Comrades in Arms". The crew of the corvette H.M.S. Campanola consisted of the following Newfoundlanders. Mike Keough, Walter Holwell, Robert Crosbie, William Hurley, Jack Turner, Anthony Taylor and Otto Taylor. Nicholas Monsaratt was Sub-Lieutenant, Western Approaches, Liverpool based, 1940-1941. This ship was featured in a movie "Compass Rose" which was based on some Newfoundlanders who served on her.
North Sea Patrols - action intercepted German convoy off Norwegian Coast. Sank anti-aircraft carrier Bremse and armed trawler.
Escort for Victorious during Bismark chase. Assigned to "K. Force" with Penelope, Lance and Lively based at Malta. On November 8th and 9th, 1941 intercepted coonvoy 40 miles from coast of Italy; 10 merchant ships carrying supplies to Rommel were sunk, two Italian destroyers were sunk, and two others were damaged.
Escort duty with supplies to Malta. Estimated 200,000 tons of shipping sank by K Force. Force joined by H.M.S. Neputune and Kanidhar. While moving to intercept enemy convoy near Tripoli, ran into minefield. Neptune and Kanidhar were lost, Aurora and Penelope hit mines, Returned to Malta where ships were dispatched with skeleton crews for repairs in the United Kingdom and United States. Penelope was nicknamed H.M.S. "Pepperpot" when she arrived in the United States for repairs.
Evacuated from Malta on H.M.S. Welshman.
H.M.T. St. Day, Newfoundlanders Otto Taylor and Gus Ghent.
Contraband control Straits of Gibralter Invasion of North Africa.
H.M.S. Antelope - Newfoundlanders Otto Taylor. Invasion of Sicily and Italy.
Returned to United Kingdom. Joined H.M.S. Trumpeter October 1945. Newfoundlanders Budd Beauchamp and Otto Taylor. North Sea and Russian Convoys, winter of 1944-1945.
Military Records Contact: Daniel B. Breen
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