For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS BATTLEFORD K165

Then ARA LIBERTAD (1946)

HMCS Battleford K165

From the collection of John Wood (Jack) Gibson

Courtesy of Jack Gibson

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Laid down: 30 Sep 1940

Launched: 15 Apr 1941

Commissioned: 31 Jul 1941

Paid off: 18 July1945

Sold: 1946 to Venezuelan Navy

Fate: Wrecked on 12 Apr 1949

 

Built at Collingwood, Ont., she was launched on 15 Apr 1941. Commissioned at Montreal on 31 Jul 1941, she arrived at Halifax on 04 Aug 1941, remaining there for six weeks while undergoing repairs, radar installation, and workups. Briefly a member of Sydney Force, Battleford transferred to NEW and left Sydney on 28 Nov 1941 to escort convoy SC.57 to Iceland. Returning to Halifax on 07 Jan 1942, she went to Liverpool, N.S., for a refit that kept her idle until the end of Mar 1942. Arriving in the U.K. with a convoy early in May 1942, she completed further repairs at Cardiff in mid-Jun 1942, then carried out workups at Tobermory. From July 1942 to May 1943 she was a member of EG C-1, and in Dec 1942 was escort to convoy ONS.154, which was badly mauled, losing 14 ships. She participated with other RCN escorts in the destruction of U 356 on 27 Dec 1942. Arriving at Halifax on 23 Apr 1943, with her last ocean convoy, ONS.2, she commenced a two-month refit at Liverpool, N.S., joining EG W-4 of WLEF in mid-Jun 1943. Early in Apr 1944, she commenced a long refit at Sydney, including fo'c's'le extension, which was completed 31 Jul 1944, following which she proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Returning to Halifax, she was employed for the balance of the war as a local escort with EG W-3 and was paid off at Sorel 18 Jul 1945. Sold to the Venezuelan Navy in 1946 and renamed Libertad, she was wrecked 12 Apr 1949.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Roland Joel Roberts, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1941 - 05 Oct 1942

Lt Frederick Allan Beck, RCNR - 06 Oct 1942 - 05 Jul 1943

LCdr Alan Herbert Easton, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1943 - 20 Aug 1943

Lt F.A. Beck, RCNVR - 21 Aug 1943 - 07 May 1944

Lt Hugh Hathaway Turnbull, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 - 19 Jun 1944

Lt Phillippe Albert F. Langlois, RCNVR - 20 Jun 1944 - 23 May 1945

Lt Francis Dudley Wickett, RCNVR - 24 May 1945 - 18 Jul 1945

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Archibald, Vernon W.

____-1998

Bremner, William

____-____

Brown, Gerald Anthony

1922-2011

 

 

C-D

Chipley, Victor

____-2007

Cooke, Philip Chesshire Hamel

1919-2011

Drafted to Standard Coaster 31 Jul 1941 as Slt, RCNVR

Deveaux, Joseph Eugene

1926-2013

 

 

E-F

 

Easton, Alan Herbert

1902-2001

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gibson, John Wood

1922-1981

 

 

 

 

K-L

Keegan, Frederick Clarke

___-1966

Long, John Herbert

1923-2013

 

 

 

O-P

Panter, Thomas Phillip

1925-2012

 

 

 

 

S-T

Thomas, John (Jack)

1922-2011

Tuckey, Jack Charles

____-2011

 

 

 

U-V

Varley, Lawrence

____-2008

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, Douglas William James

1924-2004

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-356 sunk on 27 Dec 1942 by HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Battleford K165, HMCS Napanee K118 and HMCS Saint John K456 in position 45-30 N, 25-40 W

 

 Former Crew Members

Abbott, Ralph Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jul 1943

 

Aselton, John Reginald, Slt, RCNVr - 27 Jul 1943

 

Baker, William George, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Barker, William Crichlow Lamond, Lt, RCNVR

 

Bland, Ward Farrow, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1944

 

Elkin, Frederick Gerald, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Fisher, Eric Gerald Tice, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Apr 1945

 

Graft, Eddie, Stoker

Harcourt, Percy William Edward, Wt (E), RCNVR - 19 Jul 1944

 

Hawkins, Art

 

Hay, Jack Leslie, War (E), RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945 / Wt (E), RCNVR - 19 Jun 1945

 

Mann, Roger James, Lt, RCNR - 20 Feb 1944

 

McCormack, Bernard Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1942

 

McIsaac, Wilfred, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1941

 

Murphy, William Patrick, Mate, RCNR - 17 Jul 1941 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1941

Roberts, Roland Joel, Lt, RCNR - 20 Jun 1941 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1941

 

Short, Peter William, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jun 1944

 

Sibilleau, Romeo 

 

Thomas, Charles Humbert Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Thompson, John William, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1942

 

Turnbull, Hugh Hathaway, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1943

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Battle for Convoy ONS-154

The Battle for ONS 154

 

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