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HMCS BRANDON K149

HMCS Brandon K149

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1945 

 

 

Laid down: 10 Oct 1940

Launched: 29 Apr 1941

Commissioned: 22 Jul 1941

Paid off: 22 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1945

 

Built at Lauzon, Que, she was commissioned at Quebec City on 22 Jul 1941.  Brandon arrived at Halifax on 01 Aug 1941. She joined Newfoundland Command in September after working up and left St. John's 26 Sep 1941 for her first convoy, SC.46. She served as an ocean escort to and from Iceland until Dec 1941, when she arrived in the U.K. for three months' repairs at South Shields. From mid-Mar 1942, after three weeks' workups at Tobermory, she served on the "Newfie-Derry" run almost continuously until Sep 1944. From Dec 1942, onward, she served with EG C-4, helping defend the hard-pressed convoy HX.224 in Feb 1943, and in the following month escorting convoys to and from Gibraltar. In Aug 1943, she had a three-month refit at Grimsby, England, including fo'c's'le extension. She left Londonderry 02 Sep 1944, to join her last transatlantic convoy, ONS.251, and, after two months' refit at Liverpool, N.S., worked up in Bermuda. On 05 Feb 1945, she arrived at S. John's to join EG W-5, Western Escort Force, in which she served until the end of the war. Paid off at Sorel on 22 Jun 1945, she was broken up at Hamilton, Ont. in 1945.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr John Coldecott Littler, RCNR - 22 Jul 1941 - 19 Aug 1942

Lt R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR - 20 Aug 1942 - 20 Sep 1942

A/LCdr J.C. Littler, RCNR - 21 Sep 1942 - 24 Nov 1942

Lt H.E. McArthur, RCNVR - 25 Nov 1942 - 25 May 1944

Lt John Forbes Evans, RCNVR - 26 May 1944 - 26 Apr 1945

Lt Philip Joseph Lawrence, RCNR - 27 Apr 1945 - 22 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

LAURIE, William Drennan

LS, V/23158, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jan 1942 

KILN, Alec Ronald

LS, 2224, RCN

MPK - 20 Dec 1942 

RICHARDSON, William Edward

ERA 4c, V/23098, RCNVR

MPK - 14 Oct 1941 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Charnell, Robert Francis

1919-2010

Served in Brandon as a Telegraphist

E-F

Fram, Joseph

1921-2013

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hainsworth, John

1921-2014

Hall, Edward George

____-____

Served in Brandon 16 Sep 1941 - 20 Apr 1943

K-L

Laroque, Gerald T.

____-1998

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rogers, Jack D.

____-2003

S-T

Saari, Ossie

____-2003

Schneider, Lloyd Clarence

1910-1980

Shipman, Edwin Leonard

1921-1972

Served in Brandon 16 Sep 1941 - 31 Dec 1944

W-X

Wilson, H. Grant

____-2007

Would, Thomas Arthur

____-2015

Served in Brandon as a Radar Operator

 

Former Crew Members

Briggs, John Gordon Wilson, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1942

 

Gansler, William George, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1944

 

Graham, John Boyd, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jun 1942

 

Hermann, Charles Bismarck, Slt, RCNVR - 11 May 1942

Littler, John Coldecott, A/LCdr, RCNR - 03 Jun 1941 (Stand by) CO

 

Miller, William James, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945

 

Murray, John Clayburn, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1943

 

Patterson, Gordon Henry, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1941 (Stand by). Commissioning crew as Lt, RCNVR.

Price, Robert Alfred, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1944

 

Stranger, Edgar Thorney, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1943

 

Webster, Walter Cyril Leslie, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1943

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Ship's company photos for HMCS Brandon

 

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