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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS LINDSAY K338

Photos and Documents

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Newspaper article on the naming and commissioning of HMCS Lindsay

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Lindsay K338 with Western Approach paint scheme

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Depth charge from HMCS Lindsay K338 exploding

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Convoy forming off Halifax. Stern of HMCS Lindsay K338 in foreground

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Lindsay K338 signalling ship in convoy. Note the trucks on the upper decks of the merchant ship

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Tanker in convoy off Newfoundland. Note the gun on the stern of the tanker. HMCS Lindsay in the foreground

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

1st Lt Bob Casement on harbour watch, HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Bob Leshien, Jim Coleman (sitting on the 4" gun) and Ivan Chamberlain, HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Bob Leshien has the drop on Jim Coleman

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

 

 

Top photo: HMCS Lindsay K338 alongside the fish jetty in Milford Haven, South Wales on 06 Aug 1944,  Note the damaged bow from a collision with a trawler off Ireland on 20 May 1944.

 

Bottom photo: HMCS Lindsay K338 in dry dock having her bow repaired.

 

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Milford Haven, South Wales

 

           

 

(1) L-R Unknown off Summerside, Coleman, Liddy off Summerside, Leshien, and Ivan Chamberlain swimming at Milford Haven, Wales  (2) Milford Haven  (3) Postcard - The Docks, Milford Haven  (4) Postcard - Charles Street, Milford Haven  (5) Main Street, Milford Haven  

 

           

 

(6) Milford Haven  (7) Veteran's Monument, Milford Haven, Wales  (8) Postcard - Hakin from Milford Haven  (9) Water Street, Milford Haven  (10) Jim Coleman standing on the Lindsay's screw while in drydock

Ivan Chamberlain on the Oerlikon, HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Lockheed Venture coastal patrol plane flying past HMCS Lindsay K338 - Starboard bridge 20 mm Oerlikon in foreground.

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Lindsay K338 portside aft awash in heavy seas

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Shore leave photos

 

          

 

(1) Group going to Loch Lomond and Glasgow  (2) Going to Loch Lomond  (3) Londonderry - Main Street  (4) Londonderry - Strand Road  (5) Plymouth - photo taken from HMCS Lindsay K338

 

                 

 

(6) J. Coleman, Ivan Chamberlain and two yanks they met in Scotland  (7) Ivan Chamberlain and two Canadian soldiers that he had a couple drinks with in Glasgow, Scotland (8) Plymouth - bombed area  (9) Plymouth - bombed area  (10) Plymouth - bombed area  (11) Aftermath of V2 attack in London - windows sucked right out of the buildings  (12) Aftermath of V2 attack in London

 

        

 

(13) Bomb damage - London  (14) Piccadilly Circus, London - air raid shelters in the foreground  (15) Piccadilly, London  (16) Piccadilly, London

 

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Red Boddy on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Lindsay's captain, Lt Thomson, changes places with the youngest crew member on Christmas day

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Christmas dinner on HMCS Lindsay K338 for a crew of 79 

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

A Happy group on HMCS Lindsay K338 dirking American canned beer

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Everyday work clothes aboard HMCS Lindsay K338

some of those in thephoto:  Steve Sorochan, Norman Cox (Gunners mate), Ivan Chamberlain,, Bob Leshien (kneeling)

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Red Boddy by the depth charge rails on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Ivan Chamberlain by the depth charge rails on HMCS Lindsay K338 - note the letter from home in his pocket

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Ivan Chamberlain with ship's mascot Lindy on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Red Boddy on HMCS Lindsay K338 with ship's mascot Lindy

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Red Boddy and Ivan Chamberlain on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Mathers, Martin, MacDonald, Chamberlain and ?? on HMCS Lindsay K338 - starting to grow beards

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Chamberlain, Coleman and Leshien goofing about while painting ship

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

LS Forest, unknown, Bernie Churchill, Rocco Leonzio, Murray Nicholson

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Coleman and Leshien all tidlied up

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Bob Leshien on the 4-inch gun deck of HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Jim Coleman on the 4-inch gun deck of HCMS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

The 4-inch gun crew on HMCS Lindsay K338 is closed up for action

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Sorochan, Leek and Chamberlain on the pom pom gun

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Steve Sorochan and Ivan Chamberlain by the stern rails on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Bob Leshien on the pom pom gun deck on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Lt Brockington, Sorochan and Chamberlain on the pom pom gun deck on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Ian Chamberlain by the depth charge rails on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Coleman, Leonzio and Williams on the quarterdeck of HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Painting party at sea

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Jim Veitch by the depth charge rails

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Lt Brockington on the bridge of HMCS Lindsay K338.  Photo from the crows nest

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Allied ships seen from HMCS Lindsay K338

 

         

 

(1) British aircraft carrier off Plymouth Harbour  (2) British sub near Portsmouth  (3) Battleship HMS Rodney

 

     

 

(4) Unknown destroyer  (5) Unknown corvette  (6) HMS Jed K235

 

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Ivan chamberlain at his action station on HMCS Lindsay K338 - the 20 mm Oerlikon

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Boucheer, Churchill, Coleman, Veitch, Ivan Chamberlain and PO Cameron on the foc's'le, skiving

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Looking forward on HMCS Lindsay K338 from the 4-inch gun deck.  The hedgehog ready-use lockers in the forground

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

     

 

Jim Coleman on the iced-up 4-inch gun platform on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

 

Hands to stations to chip ice

HMCS Lindsay K338 iced-up

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMS Poppy coming alongside HMCS Lindsay K338 to deliver messages

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

D-Day  06 Jun 1944

 

 

Lt G.A.V. Thomson, CO of HMCS Lindsay K338, reading Winston Churchill's invasion message to the ship's company

 

     

 

(1) HMS Watchman, senior escort in our group  (2) HMS Ganilly, later sunk  (3) HMS Ganilly (left) and HMS Scalpay (centre)

 

Historical note:  HMS Ganilly (T/Lt. Richard Beattie, RNVR), an Isle Class Minesweeping Trawler was torpedoed and sunk by U-390 off Utah Beach, Normandy. 3 Officers and 37 ratings were missing presumed killed, 1 officer and 3 ratings survived the sinking and were picked up by HMS Watchman

 

           

 

(4) HMS Watchman, HMS Ganilly, and HMS Scalpay  (5) HMS Warspite en route to the invasion beaches for shore bombardment  (6) Air force observers on the bridge of HMCS Lindsay K338  (7) Landing Craft Infantry heading to the Normandy Beaches  (8) The invasion fleet heading to Utah Beach

 

 

                 

 

(9) Troop ferry on the way to France  (10) Fort on a mole near Cherbourg, France  (11) German Reconnaissance plane over English Channel  (12) Waist and Stern Oerlikon on HMCS Lindsay K338 - possibly Mulberry docks astern  (13) the invasion fleet underway

 

A life raft was found off the coast of France during the Normandy invasion.  Pieces were cut off and autographed.

 

AB H. Penny, V40799, HMCS Lindsay 10 Jun 1944

 

Jim Veitch "Hello in France"

Carl Regan, AB, V57628

Murray (Nick) Nicholson, AB, V45998

HMCS Lindsay 10 Jun 1944, Cherbourg, France, Off French Coast

Special Invasion Money

 

     

 

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

 

Boat crew of HMCS Lindsay K338, Rescue downed U.S. Thunderbolt airman Lieut. Robert M. Meade.

 

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

A/LCdr George Alexander Victor Thomson, Commanding Officer, HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

L-R:  Lt Harold Agar, XO; Lt Victor Thomson, CO; Slt Roy Armstrong

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Lindsay K338 entering St John's, Newfoundland. Cabot Tower on Signal Hill on the right.

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Lindsay K338 alongside at St. John's, Newfoundland

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Henry Williams on Gangway Sentry Duty, St. John's, Newfoundland

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Norman Martin and Don Cumming at the gangway on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Looking over the fo'c's'le of HMCS Lindsay K338 at the pack ice surrounding the ship

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Atkins, Nicholson and Forest on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Atkins, Russell and Nicholson on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Les Leek in zoot suit on watch on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Bernie Churchill and Rocco Leonzio painting ship - HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Star shell fired by American ship while we were engaging E-boats.

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Mascot Lindy in her hammock on HMCS Lindsay K338

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Damage to HMCS Lindsay K338 after the collision with HMS Brilliant on 22 Jan 1945

 

                       

 

(1) Damage to port side - J. Hamelin (front), Alec Came (2nd)  (2) Cumming, Leonzio and Forest clearing damage  (3) Bernie Churchill and Johnny Forest  (4) Don Cumming and Earl Sawyer  (5) Immediately after the collision  (6) Churchill throwing damaged articles over the side  (7) Hole in boiler room covered with canvas  (8) Twisted depth charge hoist

 

        

 

(9) wreckage on port side  (10) Wreckage on port side  (11) Tarbutt and Callendar in hole in radar cabin  (12) Callander, Hamelin, Boucher, Nedokis, Leek, Veitch, Cox, Bohrson, and Lt Brockington surveying the damage from the collision with HMS Brilliant  (13) Newspaper article on the collision between HMCS Lindsay and HMS Brilliant

 

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Newspaper article on collision between HMCS Lindsay and a destroyer.

Source: City of Kawartha Lakes Digital Archives

Having returned to Canada following temporary repairs in the UK after her collision with HMS Brilliant, HMCS Lindsay K338 is alongside at Saint John, NB preparing for refit. Note that her 4-inch gun has been removed.

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS St Catharines K325 (left) and HMCS Lindsay K338 (right) in dry dock at Saint John, NB circa spring 1945

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Lindsay Sailors on leave home in Canada

 

                                            

 

(1) Ivan and his mother Uraina Olga Chamberlain - Duke St  (2) Ivan Chamberlain with his father Edward circa 1944  (3) Ivan Chamberlain and sister Norma - Duke St  (4) Ivan Chamberlain, Bill Campbell, and unknown  (5) Jim Coleman and Bob Leshien with Janet and Catherine Doyle (how two shipmates and best friends became brother's-in-law)  (6) Catherine Boyle and Bob Leshien - Duke St  (7) Ivan Chamberlain with Janet and Catherine Doyle  (8) Jim Coleman, Bob Leshien and Ivan Chamberlain - Duke St  (9) Ivan Chamberlain with L.A.C. Alf Gadsby Taken at 152 Ontario St, St. Catharines, March 25, 1945  (10) Stoker George Ward - York St.

AB James (Jim) Veitch and other HMCS Lindsay sailors commended for impromptu V.E. Day concert in Saint John, NB.

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

 

The Reunion of the Crew of HMCS Lindsay K338 and post war items

 

The letters and documents below are from the collection of Ivan Chamberlain who was a gunner and seaman on board HMCS Lindsay during WW2. Mr. Chamberlain organized the first reunion of the Lindsay's crew that took place in Lindsay, ON in Sep 1990. The documents below include their post reunion correspondence and the creating of a memorial for their ship.

Letter from Vice Admiral R.E. George, Commander, Maritime Command to the wartime crew of HMCS Lindsay on the occasion of their first reunion - dated 30 Jul 1990

In the same boat: former mates recall time on the Lindsay

 

The Lindsay Daily Post, 10 Sep 1990 page 3

Jacket crest that was created for the Lindsay's first crew reunion

 

In the lead up to the reunion, Ivan Chamberlain tried to contact Lt Robert Meade, the US pilot that was rescued by HMCS Lindsay's crew. Regretfully he had passed away many years earlier. Herewith is the information sent by a friend of his and fellow pilot, L.D. Damewood.

 

Letter from L.D. Damewood

23 Aug 1990

Transcription of the

 L.D. Damewood letter

Lt R. Meade (left)

371st Fighter Group photo

406th Fighter Squadron

emblem

           

 

Post Reunion Letters

 

Reunion Letter

Issue # 1

Dec 1990

Reunion Letter

Issue # 2

Aug 1991

Reunion Letter

Issue # 3

Jun 1992

Reunion Letter

Issue #5

Feb 1994

Ivan Chamberlain

Letter to Shipmates

Dec 2004

Ivan Chamberlain

Letter to Shipmates

Jan 2006

Notes from Jack Tice on a HMCS Lindsay memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

The HMCS Lindsay Memorial

 

A memorial designed by former HMCS Lindsay crew members. It is currently on display in Lindsay's old city hall (green building), near the entrance way.

 

           

 

"The Gang"

 

Courtesy of Jack Tarbutt and Dave Chamberlain

Former HMCS Lindsay crew members Ivan Chamberlain, Wally Muloin, Bernie Churchill and Art Moger get together in Bridgewater, NS - mid 1990.

Also visiting is Mary Erwin from California who was in NS for the WRCNS reunion in Halifax

Shipmates Jim Coleman and Bob Leshien on HMCS Lindsay and 50 years later as brothers-in-law

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Certificate documenting the presentation of the ship's bell from HMCS Lindsay to the town of Lindsay, Ont.

Source: City of Kawartha Lakes Digital Archives

Waves of memories wash over wartime sailors - Jun 1992

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

 

 

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