For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Drumheller K167

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Laid down: 1 Feb 1940

Launched: 04 Dec 1940

Commissioned: 05 Jul 1941

Paid off: 11 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1949


Built at Collingwood, Ont, she was commissioned at Montreal on 13 Sep 1941. Drumheller arrived at Halifax on 25 Sep 1941. She joined Sydney Force in Nov 1941 after completing workups, but soon afterward transferred to Newfoundland Command, and left St. John's on 11 Dec 1941 to join her first convoy, SC.59, for Iceland. Drumheller was employed for two months on that convoy run, but on 06 Feb 1942, arrived at Londonderry - one of the first Canadian ships to do so. She left for St. John's the following week, but developed mechanical defects en route and returned to the U.K. to refit at Southampton. On completion of the repairs she arrived at Tobermory on 22 Mar 1942 to work up, resuming ocean escort service at the end of Apr 1942 as a member of EG C-2. She served with the group until Apr 1944, with respite only from mid-Nov 1943 to 15 Jan 1944, while undergoing a refit, including fo'c's'le extension, at New York City. Her most hectic convoy was the combined ON.202/ONS.18 of Sep 1943, which lost six merchant vessels and three escorts. On 13 May 1943, while escorting HX.237 she, HMS Lagan, and a Sunderland aircraft collaborated in sinking U 456. In Apr 1944 Drumheller was allocated to Western Approaches Command, Greenock, for invasion duties, transferring in September to Portsmouth Command. She served with the latter until the end of the war, escorting convoys in U.K. coastal waters, and returned to Canada in mid-May, 1945. Paid off on 11 Jul 1945, at Sydney, she was broken up in 1949 at Hamilton, Ont.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          HMCS Drumheller - Face in the Blue


Commanding Officers

A/Cdr George Humphry Griffiths, RCN - 13 Sep 1941 - 15 Oct 1942

Lt Leslie Perman Denny, RCNR - 16 Oct 1942 - 20 Aug 1943

LCdr Anthony Hubert Gleadow Storrs, RCNR - 21 Aug 1943 - 26 Sep 1943

Lt L.P. Denny, RCNR - 27 Sep 1943 - 07 Dec 1943

Lt Harry Romeyn Beck, RCNR - 28 Dec 1943 - 11 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

BURNS, Francis Connolly

Stoker 1c, V/37387, RCNVR

died - 01 Sep 1943 

FREURE, James Ralph

Coder, V/38509, RCNVR

died - 25 Oct 1943 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Anderson, Murray


Armstrong, William James


Beachey, Hubert Thomas


Beck, Harry Romeyn


Beemer, Clarence


Blain, James







Davies, William Arthur







Forbes, Ross H.







Hayward, Robin Blakeney







Knight, Roland Bradley


Served in Drumheller 04 May 1943 - 15 Nov 1944






MacDonald, John Malcolm


drafted to Drumheller 07 Jun 1943 as Slt, RCNVR

McMahon, Johnston Alsenas






Plunkett, John Harold







Smith, Howard


Stephen, John McKay


Storrs, Antony Hubert Gleadow


3rd Commanding Officer

Tessier, Cyrille Antoine Jules McKenzie

drafted to Drumheller on 10 Jun 1943 as Lt, RCNVR



U-Boats Sunk

U-753 (Korvkpt Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein) sunk on 13 May 1943 by HMCS Drumheller K167, HMS Lagan, and BR SQN 423 in position 47-00 N, 22-00 W


Former Crew Members

Baker, George Allan, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1943


Bourdeau, Robert Anthony


Clarke, John Alfred Givson, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Kent, Ronald McCormick, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942


Paul, Gerald, PO

Present, Edward John, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1945


Rodrique, Joseph Theodule Victor, Slt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944


Service, Walter McIndoe, Wt (E), RCNR - 08 Mar 1944

Tripp, Grant Adams, A/Lt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945


Twining, Russel Cornell, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 1944


Photos and Documents


HMCS Drumheller K167 entering harbour

HMCS Drumheller K167

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Drumheller K167 Gunshield Art - 1943

From the collection of Roger Litwiller