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HMCS ASSINIBOINE I18

HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa 1934-1944

DND/RCN photo

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic 1939-45,   Biscay 1944,   English Channel 1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 18 Oct 1930

Launched: 29 Oct 1931

Commissioned: 1932

Transferred to the RCN: 19 Oct 1939

Commissioned: 19 Oct 1939

Paid off: 08 Aug 1945

Fate: Wrecked - 10 Nov 1945

 

Completed in 1932 as HMS Kempenfelt. She was transferred to the RCN at Devonport on 19 Oct 1939 and commissioned as HMCS Assiniboine I18. She arrived in Halifax on 19 Nov 1939. Assigned to the America and West Indies Station, she left for Jamaica on 05 Dec 1939 to carry out Caribbean patrols. While so employed Assiniboine assisted in the capture of the German freighter Hannover in the Mona Passage and towed her into Kingston, Jamaica. She returned to Halifax on 31 Mar 1940, and was employed there as a local escort until 15 Jan 1941, when she sailed for the U.K. to join EG 10, Greenock. With the formation of Newfoundland Command in Jun 1941, "Bones" was allocated to it for mid-ocean escort service. While thus employed with convoy SC.94, on 06 Aug 1942, she rammed and sank U 210, necessitating repairs at Halifax from 29 Aug to 20 Dec 1942. Not long after her return to service, while on passage to Londonderry on 02 Mar 1943, she attacked a U-boat with depth charges set too shallow, causing serious damage to her stern. Repairs were effected at Liverpool from 07 Mar to 13 Jul 1943, when she joined EG C-1 of MOEF. In Apr 1944, she returned to Canada for refit at Shelburne, N.S., and on 01 Aug 1944 arrived at Londonderry to become a member of EG 12 and, a few weeks later, EG 11. In Dec 1944 she was loaned to EG 14, Liverpool, and remained with it until VE-Day. She returned to Canada in Jun 1945, and, after brief employment as a troop transport, was paid off 08 Aug 1945. On 10 Nov 1945, en route for scrapping at Baltimore, Assiniboine broke her tow and was wrecked near East Point, P.E.I. Her remains were broken up on the wreck site in 1952.

 

Photos and Documents          CPO Max Bernays - A history maker of the RCN

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Edmond Rollo Mainguy, RCN - 19 Oct 1939 - 02 Apr 1940

Commodore George Clarence Jones, RCN - 03 Apr 1940 - 15 Sep 1940

Capt Cuthbert Robert Holland Taylor, RCN - 16 Sep 1940 - 29 Oct 1940

Commodore Leonard Warren Murray, RCN - 30 Oct 1940 - 11 Feb 1941

A/LCdr John Hamilton Stubbs, RCN - 12 Feb 1941 - 01 Oct 1942

Lt Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN - 02 Oct 1942 - 01 Dec 1942

Cdr Ernest Patrick Tisdall, RCN - 02 Dec 1942 - 10 Feb 1943

Cdr Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN - 11 Feb 1943 - 08 Jun 1943

A/LCdr Robert Philip Welland, DSC, RCN - 09 Jun 1943 - 07 Jul 1943

Cdr Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN - 08 Jul 1943 - 30 Sep 1943

A/LCdr Robert Phillip Welland, DSC, RCN - 01 Oct 1943 - 13 Oct 1944

A/LCdr Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN - 14 Oct 1944 - 21 Feb 1945

Cdr Edgar Lorne Armstrong, RCN - 22 Feb 1945 - 08 Aug 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

FORWARD, Albert Edward

AB, V/2256, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1941

HORNBY, Lloyd Kempton

OS, V/18423, RCNVR

DOW - 05 Aug 1942

MARSHALL, Albert Walter

PO.Ck(O), 40581, RCN

MPK - 14 Oct 1942

while on passage on SS Caribou from Sydney to Port Aux Basque

WATSON, Kenneth William

OS, 4354, RCN

DOW - 06 Aug 1942

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aucoin, Milton A.

____-2000

Banfield, Nelson Ralph

1917-2007

Barron, Ian James

1921-2013

Benjamin, Carman Luther

____-2001

Bernays, Max Lepold

1910-1974

Bonney, Charlie Fredrick

____-2014

Brunet, J.A. David

____-2005

Budge, Patrick David

1904-1998

Bushen, Lee Palmer

____-2009

C-D

Campbell, William Franklin

See HMCS Louisburg

Clarke, John James Ashworth

1919-2015

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Derbyshire, William Stephen

1913-2010

Dickson, Stanley Philp

1917-2008

E-F

Evans, Harold William

____-2014

Fee, Roland Alonzo Burr

1911-1995

Served in Assiniboine 08 Oct 1930 - 06 Aug 1940 as a V.PO, RCN

Ferguson, John Rolfe

1916-2008

Forsythe, Arthur

____-____

Frayer, Donald Lauren

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

G-H

Gardiner, Leslie

____-1979

Gray, Ernest Lawrence

1924-2008

Green, Allan Miles

1925-2014

Hartlen, Wolfred Gerald

Served in Assiniboine 18 May 1940 - 24 Aug 1940 as an AB, RCN 

MPK - 16 Apr 1943

while serving at

HMCS Stadacona

Harvey, William James

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Hawley, John

1920-1975

Hefferman, William James

Died - 26 Jan 1943

while serving in

HMCS Sorel K153

Heiberg, Kenneth G.

MPK - 13 Sep 1942

while serving in

HMCS Ottawa H60

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien

1918-2014

6th Commanding Officer

12th Commanding Officer

Hulley, Kenneth

____-1948

I-J

Ireland, Alexander Doug

1922-2010

Jones, George Clarence

1895-1946

2nd Commanding Officer

K-L

Lydiatt, Gordon Frederick

1921-2016

 

M-N

MacMillan, A.I.,

____-____

Served in Assiniboine as a Ch/Sto. Onboard Assiniboine for battle with U-210)

Mainguy, Edmond Rollo

1901-1979

1st Commanding officer

McKee, William

1925-2012

McNeney, James Robert

Served in Assiniboine 18 Oct 1939 - 22 Aug 1940 as an O/Sig and Sig & 12 Feb 1942 - 25 Jul 1942 as a L/Sig , RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Moir, Douglas A.

1923-2006

Served in Assiniboine Sep 1943 - Jun 1944

Murray, Leonard Warren

1896-1971

4th Commanding Officer

Noseworthy, Donald Clarence

____-2003

 

 

 

O-P

Parnell, George F.

Served in Assiniboine 10 May 1941 - 10 Oct 1941 as a L/Sto and A/Sto PO, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Pattison, Ralph Reginald

1904-1972

Piers, Desmond William

1913-2005

Porteous, William Walter

1902-1969

Served in Assiniboine in 1939 as Engineering Officer

Porter, Robert Noel T.

Served in Assiniboine 15 Oct 1940 - 31 Jul 1942 as an A/SLt and Lt, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Portree, Donald

1911-1994

Served in Assiniboine as ERA 4c

Primiani, Costantino

1924-2017

Priske, Sydney Robert

Served in Assiniboine 18 Oct 1939 - 22 Nov 1939 as an AB, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Pullen, Thomas Charles

1918-1990

 

Q-R

Redburn, Charles

____-____

Rhydderch, Rhys

____-2013

Robertson, Theodore M.

Served in Kempenfelt / Assiniboine 30 Sep 1939 - 08 Sep 1940 as a Sto 1c / A/L/Sto, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Rolston, Keith

____-2013

Russ, Frank Arseth

Served in Assiniboine 08 Jun 1940 - 12 Sep 1940 as a Tel & A/L/Tel, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

S-T

Senior, James Albert

1907-1976

Served in Assiniboine Nov 1939 - Dec 1939 as Sto P.O., RCN

Sharp, Kenneth George

1918-2003

Served in Assiniboine 12 Nov 1941 - 09 Oct 1942 as ABST

Smith, Christopher Gordon

1920-1997

Served in Assiniboine in 1941 as Slt, RCN, XO

Stearn, Arthur David

1921-2015

Stubbs, John Hamilton

____- 1944

5th Commanding Officer

See HMCS Athabaskan G07

Taylor, Cuthbert Robert Holland

1895-____

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick

1906-1965

7th Commanding Officer

 

 

3rd Commanding Officer

W-X

 

Watkins, Harry

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Welland, Robert Philip

1918-2010

Drafted to Assiniboine on 02 Apr 1943 as Lt, RCN. 9th and 11th Commanding Officer

Whaling, Francis Gerald

1923-2018

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-210 sunk on 06 Aug 1942 by HMCS Assiniboine I18 in position 54-25 N, 39-37 W

 

Former Crew Members

Almas, Gordon, AB - 1942 - (o/b for battle with U-210)

 

Bailey, Thomas James, A/Sig/Bosn, RCN, Jan 1944

 

Birch, Trevor, Electrical Artificer, RCNVR

 

Bonnell, Henry Nathan, A/LCdr (E), RCNR - 21 Jul 1943

 

Boyer, Frederick John, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1941

 

Burgon, William James, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1944

 

Campbell, Bruce Alexander, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 13 May 1941 / 19 Jul 1941

 

Chown, Edwin George, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1944

 

Clarke, John Henry 

 

Clemens, Steven Albert, A/Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1944

 

Cooper, John Sidney, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

 

Falconer, James Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1942

 

Frost - Dec 1940

 

Garven, Alexander Smith, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1942

 

Gearing, Dan, Torpedoman, D.S.M. - 1942 (o/b for battle with U-210)  

Greening, Kenneth Norman Haynes, Slt, RCNVR - 31 May 1941

 

Hadden, George, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1943

 

Hardy, Patrick Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1945

 

Hart, James, AB - 1942 (o/b for battle with U-210) 

 

Jeckell, Allan Wray, LCdr, RCNVR - 25 May 1943

 

Knowlton, John Grant, Cdr (E), RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

LeClair, Henri, L/Sto - Nov 1940

 

Lindsay, Bert, AB - 1942 (o/b for battle with U-210) 

 

Livingstone, Arnold, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1942

 

Mainguy, James Wishart, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1942

 

Manfield, William Alexander, A/Gnr (T), RCN - 06 May 1940

 

McLean, M.B., Cook - 1940

 

Medland, Morson Alexander (Miff), Lt (G), RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Meredith, Kenneth Elliott, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Jun 1941

Patterson, (??), Cook - 1940

 

Putnam, James Malcolm, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 13 Feb 1943

 

Rayner, Herbert Sharples, Lt (T), RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Rosier, Claude Harry, Lt (E), RCNVR - 15 Jun 1944

 

Ruddle-Browne, Herbert William, Mate, RCNR - 05 Apr 1942

 

Savoy, John Alfred, O.B.E. - 1942 (o/b for battle with U-210) 

 

Seager, Leonard F., PO - 1942 (o/b for battle with U-210)

 

Sleight, James Alfred, Lt, RCNR - 26 Jan 1944

 

Stirling, Michael Grote, Lt, RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Stubbs, William James, Lt, RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Sutherland, Hugh John Gunn, Wt/Mech, RCN - 01 May 1940

 

Tobin, Eugen, Sig - 1942 (o/b for battle with U-210) 

 

Tuck, George, AB - 1942 (o/b for battle with U-210) 

 

Wilkins, George Arthur, Lt (E), RCNR - 27 Jul 1942

 

Wright, Eric Nicholas Henry, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1944

 

Young, Frank Malcolm, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMS Kempenfelt (prior to transfer to RCN and renamed HMCS Assiniboine I18)

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMS Kempenfelt (prior to transfer to RCN and renamed HMCS Assiniboine I18)

From the collection of John James Ashworth Clarke

Courtesy of Eric Clarke

HMCS Assiniboine I18

From the collection of Joseph Henri Lionel Forget

Courtesy of Johnny Forget

HMCS Assiniboine I18 alongside in Halifax

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

HMCS Assiniboine leaving Halifax on 30 Sep 1940 to join convoy HX 77 as a local escort.  HMCS Saguenay following astern

Source Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta / IKMD-03420

View of RN destroyer as seen from HMCS Assiniboine taking over escort of Convoy HX180 - 19 Mar 1942

Source: Lt Gerald M. Moses / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-180611

Cooks M.B. McLean and Patterson mixing rum into a Christmas pudding aboard the destroyer HMCS Assiniboine, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Dec 1940

Source: Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-1044

HMCS Assiniboine laying smoke in the English Channel

Courtesy of Lou Ranahan

After a storm, damage to HMCS Assiniboine is assessed by crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo from the collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN

Courtesy of Stephen Tomlinson, Lt, RCN

After a storm, damage to HMCS Assiniboine is assessed by crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo from the collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN

Courtesy of Stephen Tomlinson, Lt, RCN

After a storm, damage to HMCS Assiniboine is assessed by crew members of HMCS Swansea K328

Photo from the collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN

Courtesy of Stephen Tomlinson, Lt, RCN

The officers of HMCS Assiniboine pictured with their wartime mascot. The man holding the dog is the late, Lieutenant-Commander John Stubbs, who was just 28 when he received command of of HMCS Assiniboine in January 1941. For the next two years he commanded the ship on the treacherous North Atlantic run.

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

 

Battle between HMCS Assiniboine I18 and U-210 on 06 Aug 1942

 

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(1) U-210 on the surface attempting to escape HMCS Assiniboine.  Photo Credit: Library and Archives of Canada PA 37443 - From the collection of Donald Noseworthy.  Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

 

(2) U-210 on the surface attempting to escape HMCS Assiniboine. From the collection of Donald Noseworthy. Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

 

(3) Conning tower of U-210 visible between the guardrails of Assiniboine.  Photo Credit: Library and Archives of Canada PA 37444.  From the collection of John Wampler.  Courtesy of Barb Ishler

 

(4) U-210 just before she was rammed by HMCS Assiniboine.  From the collection of John Wampler. Courtesy of Barb Ishler

 

(5) Fire fighting teams attack the fire on the boat deck of HMCS Assiniboine caused by gunfire from U-210.  ERA 4c Donald Portee in foreground with his back to the camera. From the collection of John Wampler. Courtesy of Barb Ishler

 

(6) Survivors from U-210 being picked up.  From the collection of John Wampler.  Courtesy of Barb Ishler

 

(7) Damage to HMCS Assiniboine from the battle with U-210.  From the collection of John Wampler.  Courtesy of Barb Ishler

 

(8) Damage to HMCS Assiniboine from the battle with U-210.  RCN photo negative # NF773.  From the collection of Hamilton Skilling.  Courtesy of Chris Skilling

 

(9) Burial at Sea. Ordinary Seaman Kenneth Watson, youngest rating on board, killed in action in the battle against U-210, 06 Aug 1942, is buried at sea. He was hit twice while carrying ammunition to "A" gun. DND/RCN photo

 

(10) German prisoners being led of HMCS Assiniboine to a ship alongside while the crew of HMCS Assiniboine looks on. RCN Photo Negative # NF800.  From the collection of Hamilton Skilling. Courtesy of Chris Skilling

 

(11) German prisoners being taken ashore (blind folded). Note: they were not blindfolded when the left HMCS Assiniboine, but may have been blindfolded on the inboard ship. From the collection of Donald Noseworthy. Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

 

(12) Crew of "A" Gun of HMCS Assiniboine who took part in the sinking of U-210 on 06 Aug 1942. Photo taken St. John's Newfoundland, 10 Aug 1942  Source: Lt Gerald M. Moses / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-115355

 

(13) Lt R. Hennessy, Admiral L.W. Murray, A/LCdr John Stubbs (Commanding Officer HMCS Assiniboine) on the jetty with the crew of HMCS Assiniboine along the rails after her battle with U-210.  Note the A/LCdr Stubbs still has his Mae West on. RCN Photo: Negative # HS0015. From the collection of Hamilton Skilling. Courtesy of Chris Skilling

 

(14) Crew of HMCS Assiniboine and their mascot returning from sea after sinking the German submarine U-210 in August of 1942. Library and Archives Canada MIKAN 3576701

 

(15) Admiral L.W. Murray addressing the crew of HMCS Assiniboine I18 on the quarterdeck. RCN Photo Negative # NF810. From the collection of Hamilton Skilling. Courtesy of Chris Skilling

 

(16) The bow of HMCS Assiniboine after ramming U-210. From the collection of Donald Noseworthy. Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

 

           

 

Newspaper articles on the sinking of U-210 and HMCS Assiniboine crew members from Ontario

 

From the collection of Donald Portree

Courtesy of Donna Portree

Donald Portree (right) and unknown sailor HMCS Assiniboine I18

From the collection of Donald Portree

Courtesy of Donna Portree

Sailors on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa Nov 1941 - Oct 1942

Ken Sharp 2nd from left

From the collection of Ken Sharp

Courtesy of Phil Sharp 

HMCS Assiniboine I18 outboard of another vessel at the US Army Dock (today Pier 17) St. John's, Newfoundland, circa May 1942

Photographer: Roy T. Cardy

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

CLARKE, John Henry, Able Seaman (3666) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Assiniboine - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 12 Dec 1942 and London Gazette of 03 Dec 1942.

 

CLARKE. John Henry, 3666, AB, RCN, MID~[12.12.42] - "This rating was in "A" gun's crew and after casualties had reduced the number of the crew to three, he continued to keep the gun firing whilst under fairly heavy fire from an enemy U-Boat."

HMCS Assiniboine, St. John's, NFLD, date unknown

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

Newspaper article on HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa 1943

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

HMCS Assiniboine I18 - date unknown

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

Sailors on HMCS Assiniboine I18 - date unknown

From the collection of Donald Noseworthy

Courtesy of Steve Gemmill

HMCS Assiniboine I18

From the collection of Eric Baird

Courtesy of Roger Clarke

 

Messages received by HMCS Assiniboine announcing the German surrender and the end of the war

 

  

 

Message to the Commander German Forces Channel Islands

061119B

     

 

Grouper received by HMCS Assiniboine

(decoded copy not available)

071629B

  

 

Message announcing Germany's unconditional surrender

080012B

     

 

Message from Field Marshal Montgomery to the First Sea Lord (1 & 2)  and the First Sea Lord's reply (3)

080418B

  

 

Message from the Board of Admiralty congratulating all officers and men in their victory 

090416B

  

 

Message on proclamation ceremony on 12 May on the Channel Island

111805B

 

  

 

Message on formal surrender of Channel Island

121230B

 

 

From the collection of John MacMillan

Courtesy of Jamie MacMillan

Wreck of HMCS Assiniboine I18 off PEI

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Wreck of HMCS Assiniboine I18 off PEI.

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Remains of former HMCS Assiniboine I18 near South Lake, PEI circa 1969

Courtesy of Lou Ranahan

 

Webmaster's note: The wreck was salvaged/broken-up in 1952. These photos show what the breakers didn't bother to salvage

Remains of former HMCS Assiniboine I18 near South Lake, PEI circa 1969  "This photo was taken while looking in the cut away where you see the plank at the water line in the first photo. It is looking to the aft of the ship and there is still a fair amount of structure below the water line right to the stern."

Courtesy of Lou Ranahan

 

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