Allied Warships

HMAS Lismore (J 145)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 145 
Built byMorts Dock (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered4 Dec 1939 
Laid down1 Mar 1940 
Launched10 Aug 1940 
Commissioned24 Jan 1941 
End service3 Jul 1946 

HMAS Lismore served at the British East Indies Station from June 1941 onwards. The ship was based in Colombo and later in the Red Sea. In May 1943 she went to the Mediterranean and was involved in the Sicily landings the following July. HMAS Lismore went back to the Eastern Fleet in October 1943 and was transferred to the British Pacific Fleet in 1945.

Decommissioned and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 3 July 1946 being renamed Hr.Ms. Batjan.


Commands listed for HMAS Lismore (J 145)

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1Lt. Stanley Hamill Crawford, RANR(S)Nov 194014 Feb 1943
2T/Lt. Lancelot Claude Graham Lever, RANR(S)15 Feb 19433 Jan 1945
3T/Lt. David Simpson Thomson, RANR(S)4 Jan 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Lismore include:

3 Feb 1942

Convoy JS 1.

Convoy from Colombo to Batavia .
Departure date: 3 February 1942.
Arrival date: 14 February 1942.

This convoy was made up of the following ships;
British transports; Adastrus (7905 GRT, built 1923), Alice Moller (4986 GRT, built 1914), Filleigh (4856 GRT, built 1928), Lulworth Hill (7628 GRT, built 1940), Modasa (9070 GRT, built 1921), Prominent (2232 GRT, built 1918) and Yoma (8131 GRT, built 1928).

Norwegian transports Hai Lee (3616 GRT, built 1934) and Hermion (5202 GRT, built 1937).

The Alice Moller had to return to Colombo with defects.

The convoy sailed from Colombo on 3 February 1942 and was escorted initially by the British heavy cruiser HMS Cornwall (Capt. P.C.W. Manwaring, RN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Bathurst (Lt.Cdr. A.V. Bunyan, RANR(S)) and HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)).

The Australian minesweepers parted company with the convoy on 5 Februaury. HMS Cornwall was relieved by HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN) on 10 February in position 05°40'S, 93°00'E.

On 11 Februry 1942, the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) apparently joined the escort and remained with it until 13 February.

On 12 February 1942, the British destroyer HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) and the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (Cdr. W.R. Shewring, RIN) joined the convoy.

On 13 February 1942 the convoy was split up and the Filleigh Lulworth Hill, Yoma, Hai Lee and Hermion arrived at Oosthaven, Sumatra. They were escorted by HMAS Hobart and HMIS Jumna. HMIS Jumna remained at Oosthaven to provide A/S protection for that port together with the Australian minesweepers HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Burnie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Gough, RANR(S)).

The other ships of the convoy, the Adastrus, Modasa, and Prominent arrived at Batavia on 14 February 1942 escorted by HMS Electra. (1)

5 Jul 1942
HrMs K XIV (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Bombay for Colombo. She makes the passage together with HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN). They were escorted by the Australian minesweeper HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)).

Because of defects HrMs K XIV returned to Bombay the next day. (2)

3 Apr 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMS Scout (Lt. R.G. Woodward, RN) and HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. L.C.G. Lever, RANR(S)). (3)

23 Apr 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMAS Maryborough (A/Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) and HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. L.C.G. Lever, RANR(S)). (3)

17 Jun 1943
HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. L.C.G. Lever, RANR(S)) picks up survivors from the British troop transport Yoma that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-81 northwest of Derna in position 33°03'N, 22°04'E.

27 Jun 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. D.R. Wilson, DSC, RANVR) departed Brisbane for Sydney. She was escorted by HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. D.S. Thomson, RANR(S)). (4)

17 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) departed Sydney for Auckland. She was escorted by HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. D.S. Thomson, RANR(S)).

For the daily positions of HMS Vox during this passage see the map below.



  1. ADM 199/426
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/20343
  5. ADM 173/20354

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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