For Posterity's Sake         

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 J.L. 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

Bernard, Pierre

1918-2015

Bingham, Harold Wesley

1920-2001

Blandy, Walter Stairs

1924-2014

11th Commanding Officer

Burges, David Frederick

1923-2016

Served in Beacon Hill during WW 2

 

 

 

 

C-D

Chorneyko, Oleh

1928-2007

Considine, Michael Auriel

1923-2009

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

Cooke, Philip Chesshire Hamel

1919-2011

Crickard, Frederick William

1930-2012

deRosenroll, Glen Michael

1926-2006

E-F

Fenwick, Charles Wayne

1942-2006

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gammon, Bryan T.

1929-2008

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

 

 

 

M-N

McKinnon, Donald T.

1926-2013

McMillin, Andrew Clark

1926-2013

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

 

 

O-P

Parsons, Harvey

1936-2016

Preston, Anthony John

1925-2008

 

 

 

Q-R

Rowse, Arthur William

1931-2017

Served in Beacon Hill in 1952

 

 

 

 

S-T

Scheer, Albert Alex

1921-2005

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

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

 

 

 

U-V

Vauthrin, Gordon

____-____

Vergouwen, Peter J.

1931-2016

 

 

 

W-X

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

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

 

Lorriman, Clarence Ashford, A/Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jul 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

 

Tingley, Hall William Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 16 May 1944

 

Wilson, Roger Allardyce, Sto 1c

 

Photos and Documents

 

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

 

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