For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS DIGBY J267 / 179

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Digby J267

Credit: H.S. (Tim) Lee

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-44,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942, 1944

 

 

Laid down: 20 Mar 1941

Launched: 05 Jun 1942

Commissioned: 26 Jul 1942

Paid off: 31 Jul 1945

Re-commissioned: 29 Apr 1953

Paid off: 14 Nov 1956

Fate: Sold in 1960 and broken up.

 

Built at Levis, Que, she was commissioned at Quebec City on 26 Jul 1942, she arrived at Halifax on 15 Aug 1942, and after completing workups at Pictou, was assigned to WLEF. When WLEF was divided into escort groups in Jun 1943, Digby became a member of EG W-5. In Apr 1944, she arrived at Lunenburg to commence a refit that continued at Shelburne and at Halifax and was completed on 07 Aug 1944. She then proceeded to Bermuda for workups. On returning she was allocated to Sydney Force and, in Feb 1945, to Newfoundland Force. She was paid off on 31 Jul 1945, and placed in reserve at Sydney. Digby was proposed for transfer to the marine section of the RCMP in 1945, to be re-named Perry, but was not taken over. She lay in strategic reserve at Sorel until re-acquired by the RCN in 1951 and refitted for training duties. She was re-commissioned on 29 Apr 1953, finally being paid off on 14 Nov 1956 and scrapped.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Stanely Warren Howell, RCNR - 26 Jul 1942 - 09 Jul 1943

Skpr/Lt John Winston Sharpe, RCNR - 10 Jul 1943 - 06 Apr 1944

Lt Edward Oswald Ormsby, RCNVR - 07 Apr 1944 - 01 Jul 1945

LCdr E.G.T. Fisher, RCN - 29 Apr 1953 - 07 Dec 1954

LCdr E.T. Coggins, RCN - 08 Dec 1954 - 28 Sep 1955

LCdr A.F. Rowland, RCN - 29 Sep 1955 - 14 Nov 1956

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Arnason, Johann T.

1921-2017

Served in Digby during WW2

Bandoian, John Vartkas

1923-2008

 

 

 

C-D

Clark, William George

1923-2004

Served in Digby 30 May 1944 - 07 Aug 1944 as A/L/Tel

Coates, John Jeffrey

1919-2010

Dobing, Sidney

1922-2013

Doyle, John J.

1922-2010

 

E-F

Elliott, Ronald Edwin

____-2011

 

 

 

 

G-H

Goyetche, Arthur Raymond

____-2015

 

 

 

 

M-N

Marsh, Arthur Thomas

1918-____

 

 

 

 

O-P

Ormsby, Edward Oswald

1905-1973

Drafted to Digby 15 Mar 1943 as Lt, RCN(R).

3rd Commanding Officer

Paterson, William Argyle

1930-2007

Pelletier, Alfred William

1922-2008

Pow, James Davidson

1921-2011

Pridham, Ernest Robert

1924-2014

S-T

Slaght, William Henry

1926-2012

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

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Former Crew Members

De Lotbiniere, Edmond Joli, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1942

 

Dube, Jacques, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 26 Jul 1944

 

Farrand, Charles Jackson Snider, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1942

 

Ford, Phillip Ernest, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1945

 

Griffin, Thomas Francis, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943

Howe, William, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1944

 

Kurtz, Edmund Franklin, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944

 

MacKinnon, Donald Leslie John, A/Wt (E) RCNR - 30 Apr 1942 / Wt (E), RCNR - 26 Jul 1942

 

Perrault, Paul, Skpr, RCNR - 13 Jul 1942 (stand by)

Revfem, Erik, Lt (E), RCNR - 11 Jun 1943

 

Stephens, Robert Eric, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 20 Mar 1945

 

Tangye, Walter Addy, Slt (E), RCNVR - 23 Jul 1944

 

Wilcox, John Philip, A/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of William (Bill) George Clark

Personal photo gallery of Sid Dobing

The Memory Project - John J. Doyle

 

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