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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS BEACON HILL K407 / 303

 

SEMPER LIBER

 

Post WW II Badge

HMCS Beacon Hill - Jan 1966.  2nd Squadron

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

 

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

 

 

Laid down: 16 Jul 1943

Launched: 06 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 16 May 1944

Paid off 05 Feb 1946

Re-Commissioned: 16 May 1949

Paid off: 1954 for Prestonian class conversion

Re-Commissioned 21 Dec 1957

Paid off: 15 Sep 1967

Fate: Broken up in 1968

 

built by Yarrows Ltd., Esquimalt, BC, she was commissioned there on 16 May 1944. Beacon Hill arrived at Halifax on 11 Jul 1944, having escorted Puncher from New Orleans to New York en route, and proceeded to Bermuda to work up. On her return to Halifax she left in Sep 1944 to join EG 26, an RCN support group based at Londonderry, but for varying periods was detached to Plymouth and Portsmouth. She remained in U.K. waters for the balance of the European war, leaving Greenock for home on 28 May 1945. Intended for Pacific service, she underwent tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S., from Jun to Nov 1945, and sailed from Shelburne for Esquimalt on 22 Dec 1945. She was paid off at Esquimalt on 06 Feb 1946, but re-commissioned in the summer of 1949 for cadet training. she was again paid off in 1954 for conversion to a Prestonian class ocean escort, was commissioned as such on 21 Dec 1957, and served on the west coast until finally paid off on 15 Sep 1967. She was broken up in 1968 at Sakai, Japan.

 

Commanding Officers

A/Cdr Edward Theodore Simmons, DSO, DSC, RCNVR - 16 May 1944 - 02 Mar 1945

Lt Hall William Frederick Tingley, RCNVR - 03 Mar 1945 - unk

Cdr Robert Mariott Aubrey, RN - 05 Mar 1945 - unk

LCdr Howard Lee Quinn, DSC, RCNVR - 13 Sep 1945 - 05 Feb 1946

Lt Joern Eilert Korning, RCN - 16 May 1949 - 15 Sep 1949

LCdr Robert Waugh Murdoch, RCN - 15 Apr 1950 - 23 Sep 1951

LCdr J.W. McDowall, RCN - 24 Sep 1951 - 20 Sep 1953

Cdr George Albert LaRue, RCN - 21 Sep 1953 - 04 Jan 1954

LCdr P.F. Wilson, RCN - 21 Dec 1957 - 14 Nov 1958

LCdr Frederick Graham Henshaw, RCN - 15 Nov 1958 - 01 Dec 1958

LCdr W.S. Blandy, RCN - 02 Dec 1958 - 18 Aug 1959

LCdr A.G. Kilpatrick, RCN - 19 Aug 1959 - 24 Aug 1961

LCdr Jack Leroy Panabaker, RCN - 25 Aug 1961 - 17 May 1962

LCdr Arthur Clark McMillan, RCN - 18 May 1962 - 15 Sep 1963

LCdr K.M. Young, RCN - 16 Sep 1963 - 27 Oct 1964

LCdr W.A. Hughes, RCN - 28 Oct 1964 - unk

LCdr Gordon Voldar Hartman, RCN - 10 Jan 1966 - 01 May 1966

LCdr Pierre Edouard Gerard Simard, RCN - 02 May 1966 - 11 Sep 1966

LCdr Sidney Charles Gould, RCN - 12 Sep 1966 - 15 Sep 1967

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aust, Edward G.

1916-2009

Belcher, Frank

1917-1993

Benjamin, Gordon

1937-2013

Bernard, Pierre Yves

1918-2015

Bingham, Harold Wesley

1920-2001

Blandy, Walter Stairs

1924-2014

11th Commanding Officer

Bugslag, John Charles

1922-2013

Burges, David Frederick

1923-2016

Served in Beacon Hill during WW 2

 

 

C-D

Campbell, David

1928-2016

Chorneyko, Oleh

1928-2007

Cochrane, Adam

1920-____

Considine, Michael Auriel

1923-2009

Served in Beaconhill in 1953 as Lt, RCN,  CommO Pacific Training Squadron

Cooke, Philip Chesshire Hamel

1919-2011

Crickard, Frederick William

1930-2012

Cuthbert, Lawrence J.

1933-2018

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

 

 

E-F

Eastick, David Charles

1940-2017

Fenwick, Charles Wayne

1942-2006

 

 

 

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

Good, Jack Williamson

1938-2018

Goossen, George

1932-2018

Gorman, Andrew Drummond

1931-2007

Gould, Sidney Charles

1922-2016

19th Commanding Officer

Guthrie, Robert John

1923-2003

Guttormsson, Kristjan Vigfus

1929-2010

Haigh, James Dawson

____-2007

Served in Beacon Hill during WW2

Hamel, Doug

____-1999

Hendrickson, Melvin Lawrence

1929-1993

Henshaw, Frederick Graham

1926-2014

10th Commanding Officer

Howarth, William

1923-2016

Hughes, William Andrew

1927-2013

16th Commanding Officer

 

 

I-J

Jackson, Roy Mathew

1927-2016

 

 

 

 

K-L

Krieger, Willy

1928-2006

Langlois, Howard Francis Sr.

1931-2002

Lorriman, Clarence Ashford

1912-____

Drafted to Beacon Hill 21 Jul 1944 as an A/Lt, RCNVR

 

 

M-N

McKinnon, Donald T.

1926-2013

McLeod, Cathel James

1919-2017

McMillin, Andrew Clark

1926-2013

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

 

O-P

Panabaker, Jack Leroy

1923-2017

13th Commanding Officer

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Preston, Anthony John

1925-2008

 

 

Q-R

Rose, Bernard John

1924-2002

Served in Beacon Hill during WW 2

Rowse, Arthur William

1931-2017

Served in Beacon Hill in 1952

Russell, James

1925-2018

 

 

S-T

Sailor, Frank

1928-2012

Scheer, Albert Alex

1921-2005

Seright, Harry

1926-1994

Simard, Pierre Edouard Girard

____-1999

18th Commanding Officer

Simmons, Edward Theodore

1910-1988

1st Commanding Officer

Sommer, Gordon George

1924-1983

Served in Beacon Hill May 1944 - Sep 1945

Taylor, Warren T.L.

1934-2011

Teeple, Clarence Norman

1935-2015

Tingley, Hall William Frederick

____-1992

Drafted to Beacon Hill 15 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, standby. Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR, X.O.

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

U-V

Vauthrin, Gordon

____-____

Vergouwen, Peter J.

1931-2016

 

 

 

W-X

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

Webb, Frederick Arthur Henry

____-1992

Wickware, Michael John

1947-2014

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Ambrose, Paul Hamilton, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944

 

Aust, Edward Girardot, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1945

 

Bell, George Alfred (Dinger), Sto 

 

Berbeck, Robert, Jun 1967 - Sep 1967

 

Bernatchez, Joseph Louis Philippe, Inst/Lt, RCN - 16 May 1949

 

Borland, William John, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jul 1944

 

Burton, Len, RCNR 

 

Carmichael, Currie McRae, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1945

Choat, Russel Frederick, Lt, RCN - 09 May 1949 (Stand by) / 16 May 1949

 

Crawford, George Lyndon, Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1944

 (Stand by) / 16 May 1944

 

Fleming, John Henderson, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Greene, Justin Wilfred de Puisaye, Lt, RCN(R) - 10 Jun 1950

 

Hunt, William George, Lt, RCN - 16 May 1949, XO

 

Jones, Marus Ormond, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1945

 

Kent, Roland McCormick, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jul 1944

Kellington, Thomas Martin, Cd (E), RCN - 15 May 1950

 

Longworthy, William Harold, Lt (E), RCNVR - 22 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 16 May 1944

 

Morrison, David Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1944

 

Okros, Richard Dennis, Midshipman, RCN, 1950

 

Shuckburgh, Trevor Cole, LCdr, RCN, Sea Training Officer

 

Smith, Roy, Lt (E), RCN - 16 May 1949

 

Wilson, Roger Allardyce, Sto 1c

 

RCN Memories - Gut Instincts or Don't forget the funnel covers

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Frank Belcher

Ship's company photos for HMCS Beacon Hill

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Beacon Hill in wartime camouflage circa 1944.

Source: CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Photo Catalogue No. VR991.383.1

V.E. Day on HMCS Beacon Hill K407 - Cdr Ted Simmons addresses his crew

 

     

 

From the collection of Dick James

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Splice the Mainbrace on HMCS Beacon Hill circa 1945

Gordon Sommer front, centre. Other three sailors unknown

from the collection of Gordon Sommer

Courtesy of Janet Hillaby

Music in the mess deck on HMCS Beacon Hill K405 circa 1944-1945

Gordon Sommer in front playing guitar. Other sailors unknown

From the collection of Gordon Sommer

Courtesy of Janet Hillaby

HMCS Beacon Hill K407 circa 1944

HMCS Beacon Hill  303, 09 May 1959

Source: City of Vancouver Archives. Photographer: Walter E. Frost

Lowering the ensign for the last time on HMCS Beacon Hill. P2SG Rosie Dale on the right and LSSG Robert Berbeck on the left

Courtesy of Robert Berbeck

Roger Allardyce Wilson, Stoker

Only son of Harold and Margaret Wilson, Roger was born at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, November 6, 1925. He attended Hollywood and Langruth schools. He enlisted on July 8, 1943, at H.M.C.S. Chippawa, Winnipeg. After three months training, he went to Esquimalt on the west coast where he took courses at H.M.C.S. Givenchy and H.M.C.S. Naden I. In the spring of 1944, he joined the H.M.C.S. Beacon Hill and via the Panama Canal went overseas. He was stationed at Londonderry, Ireland, where the Beacon Hill belonged to the striking force. At the close of hostilities Roger returned to Canada in the Beacon Hill and volunteered for Pacific duty. He was at Liverpool, N.S., until November, 1945, when he received his discharge at H.M.C.S. Chippawa, Winnipeg. He returned home and after a two-year course in agriculture at the University of Manitoba, he started farming in the Langruth district.

Source: "A Tribute to the Soldiers and Pioneers of the Langruth District", published 1950



CPO2 BN4 Harold Wesley Bingham receiving his CD

 

CPO2 (BN4) Harold Wesley Bingham (born 11-10-1920 - died 01-02-2001) was the last Cox'n on the Beacon Hill before she was paid off. Her last cruise was a West Coast "show the flag" down the Pacific Coast as far as Mexico before working her way home back to Victoria. Dad was fortunate to receive one of the original ship's copper rum tots with Beacon Hill's crest attached and it was engraved by the boys onboard "HMCS Beacon Hill 1944-1957" with Dad's name on the back.

 

Courtesy of Stafford Bingham

HMCS Beacon Hill 303

Courtesy of Gary Robertson

HMCS Beacon Hill 303

Courtesy of Gary Robertson

Newspaper article on the collision between HMCS Beacon Hill 303 and HMCS New Glasgow 315 off Hawaii - year unknown

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

HMCS Beacon Hill 303

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson

G.A. Broster (left) on HMCS Beacon Hill - date unknown

From the collection of Gordon Arnold (Art) Broster

Courtesy of Cathy Robinson\

 

 

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