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HMCS BUCKINGHAM K685 / 314

HMCS Buckingham 314 after conversion to a Prestonian Class Frigate

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1945

 

 

Laid down: 10 Nov 1943

Re-named: 05 Apr 1944

Launched: 28 Apr 1944

Commissioned: 02 Nov 1944

Paid off: 16 Nov 1945

Sold: to Marine Industries Ltd:

Re-acquired by RCN: 

Re-commissioned 25 Jun 1954

Paid off: 23 Mar 1965

Fate: Broken up 1966

 

Laid down as HMCS Royalmount, she was renamed Buckingham on 05 Apr 1944. Commissioned on 02 Nov 1944, at Quebec City, she proceeded to the east coast and sailed from Halifax on 18 Dec 1944 for Bermuda to work up. She returned in mid-Jan 1945, and in Feb 1945 was assigned to EG 28, as a member of which she carried out escort and patrol duty out of Halifax until VE-Day. In May she arrived at Shelburne, escorting the surrendered U 889. In Jun 1945 she began a tropicalization refit at Liverpool, N.S., continuing it at Shelburne until 20 Aug 1945, when it was suspended. Buckingham was paid off on 16 Nov 1945 at Sydney and placed in reserve at Shelburne until 1946, when she was sold to Marine Industries Ltd. Re-acquired by the RCN, she was converted to a Prestonian class ocean escort, 1953-54, and re-commissioned for training purposes. Further modified by the addition of a helicopter landing deck aft, she carried out, Oct-Dec 1956, trials preliminary to the design of the destroyer helicopter carriers. In Apr 1963, 12 RCN ships, Algonquin, Micmac, Cayuga, St. Croix, Terra Nova, Kootenay, Swansea, La Hulloise, Buckingham, Cape Scott, CNAV Bluethroat and CNAV St. Charles, took part in NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven, an exercise designed to test convoy protection tactics (click here to see the newspaper article). She was paid off for the last time on 23 Mar 1965. On 22 Mar 1966, Buckingham left Halifax under tow and arrived at Le Spezia on 11 Apr 1966 for scrapping.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr M.H. Wallace, RCNR - 02 Nov 1944 - 07 Nov 1945

Lt R.M. Montague, RCNVR - 08 Nov 1945 - 16 Nov 1945

LCdr John William Roberts, RCN - 25 Jun 1954 - 07 Sep 1955

LCdr T.E. Connord, RCN - 08 Sep 1955 - 30 Sep 1957

LCdr Donald Mackay MacLennan, RCN - 06 May 1958 - unk

LCdr T.L. Hebbert - 14 Dec 1959 - unk

LCdr R.F. Choat, RCN - 15 Sep 1962 - 07 Jun 1963

LCdr Charles Edmund Musgrave Leighton, RCN - 08 Jun 1963 - 31 Mar 1964

LCdr Norman Shuttleworth Jackson, RCN - 01 Apr 1964 - 10 Jan 1965

Lt Edmund George Alfred Bowkett, RCN - 11 Jan 1965 - 15 Jan 1965

Lt (S) J.T. Stuart, RCN (OIC) - 16 Jan 1965 - 23 Mar 1965

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

MAKSVYTIS, Joseph Douglas William

OS, 47759-H, RCN

died - 20 Mar 1961 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Achen, John Milton

1924-2003

Bagshaw, Lawrence Brian

1914-1998

Barna, Bohdan

____-2005

Bowman, Donavin Bernhard

1940-2014

Served in Buckingham Sep 1962 - Mar 1964

 

C-D

Clark, David Wesley

____-2013

Combo, Stuart

____-2016

Cottenden, Harry Roland

1930-2016

Cox, Edward Clifford

1925-2012

Cox, Thomas

____-2010

Daniels, Robert Hugh

1934-2016

 

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fenson, Morley

1922-2013

 

 

 

 

G-H

Haigh, James Dawson

____-2007

Served in Buckingham during WW2

Hart, William Edgar

____-2004

 

 

 

I-J

Irvine, Thomas Arthur

1924-2008

Served in Buckingham in 1956 as Lt, RCN, XO

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kosonic, Edward Raymond

1924-2011

Landversitch, Blake

1926-2009

Luck, Thomas Campbell

1920-2004

 

 

M-N

Maloney, Gerald James

1930-2015

Mason, John William R.

1923-2016

McCreath, Robert

1919-2011

 

 

O-P

Potvin, Maurice Jean-Paul

____-____

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ring, Gordon Russell

____-2016

Ritcey, John F.

1924-2012

 

 

 

S-T

Tickner, Leslie Edward

1926-2014

Tobias, James J.

____-2006

 

 

 

W-X

White, Gregor Ian

1923-2012

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Archer, George Ross, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

 

Brown, Alexander, Lt (E), RCNR - 20 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

Campbell, Patrick Gregory, Lt (E), RCNVR - 11 Jun 1945

 

Croshaw, Bill

 

Gilbert, Kenneth McArthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945

Jones, Morton Hooper, Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1945

 

McCreath, Robert Scott, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1945

 

Walker, Lloyd Brian, Slt (E), RCNVR - 20 Jul 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

Battle for Convoy BX-141

HMCS Buckingham Facebook group

 

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