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HMCS ESQUIMALT J272

HMCS Esquimalt J272

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-44,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942

 

 

Laid down: 20 Dec 1940

Launched: 08 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 26 Oct 1942

Fate: Sunk on 16 Apr 1945 by U 190

 

Commissioned at Sorel on 26 Oct 1942, Esquimalt arrived at Halifax on 21 Nov 1942. Chronically plagued by mechanical troubles, she underwent repairs there until 27 Mar 1943, and again throughout most of May 1943. She was then assigned to Newfoundland Force until Sep 1944, when she was transferred to Halifax Local Defence Force. Late in Sep 1944 she underwent a three-month refit at Halifax. While on A/S patrol on 16 Apr 1945, she was torpedoed and sunk by U 190 five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax, with the loss of 44 of her ship's company. Esquimalt's survivors were rescued by HMCS Sarnia J309.

 

Historical note: U.190 was a IXC/40 type U-boat, built by Deutsche Schiff und Machinenbau AG Weser, Bremen, launched 8 Jun 1942, commissioned 24 Sep 1942, in service 32 months, with a record of sinking 2 ships, for a total of 7,605 tons.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt F.J.L. Davis, RCNR - 16 Oct 1942 - 05 Feb 1943

Lt Paul Dalrymple Taylor, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1943 - 12 Mar 1944

Lt James Manley Scott Clark, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944 - 14 Dec 1944

LCdr W. McIsaac, RCNVR - 29 Dec 1944 - 01 Feb 1945

Lt Robert Cunningham MacMillan, DSC, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1945 - 16 Apr 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

BELLAZZI, Joseph Oliver Fernand

Skipper, RCNR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

Drafted to Esquimalt on 15 May 1944 as Skpr, RCNR

BERGE, Olaf Elmer

Sto, V73882, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

BLAND, John Basil

Sto, V58685, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

CARLSEN, Harvey Morris

Sto, V75523, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

CLANCY, Gregory Joseph

Tel, V74066, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

CONN, James Ralph

L/Stwd, V67835, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

DEVINS, James Edward

Sto, A5544, RCNR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

DOWNIE, Byron Ross

L/Tel, V14857, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

DUCHARME, Joseph Roger Daniel

AB, V59462, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

DUNLOP, Ronald Ewing

Motor Mech, V57236, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

EADIE, Clifford John

AB, V35874, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945   

EDWARDS, Charles

AB, V77053, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

FANNING, Huntley Allison

Electrical Art., V38246, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

FITZPATRICK, William

AB, V16717, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

GALLAGHER, Anthony

Sto, V75077, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

GRANAHAN, Edward John

L/Sig, V7566, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

HEDSTROM, Arnold Douglas

L/SBA, V35221, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

HUGHES, David Anderson

L/Stores Ass't, V8384, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

JACQUES, Carlton Joseph

ERA, V19139, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

JOHNSTON, Howard Elmer

Motor Mech, V12610, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

KNIGHT, Herbert Russel

LS, V19140, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

KNOWLES, John Chesworth

PO, 4004, RCN

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

KYNMAN, Albert

CPO, A2440, RCNR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

LE DREW, Frederick

L/Sto, V26321, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

LEROUX, Leo Joseph

AB, V68160, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

MCCONNELL, Lawrence Michael

LS, V6640, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

MCINTYRE, Thomas James

L/CK, V83944, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

MONACHAN, John Martin

AB, V47505, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

PARKER, Jack Reginald

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

Drafted to Esquimalt on 16 Jul 1944

PARTINGTON, Richard

LS, V11325, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

PEDDIE, Roy Norman

Stwd, V91648, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

POOL, Ralph Bradford

Shpt 4c, V87252, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

PORTER, John Clifford

Ch Motor Mech, V17539, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

ROBERTS, James Elder

Wt (E), RCNR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

Drafted to Esquimalt on 17 Jul 1944 as A/Wt (E)

SHAVE, Chesley Norman

CERA, A5075, RCNR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

SMART, John Morris Gregory

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

SMITH, Kenneth Harry

AB, V70955, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945   

STAFFORD, John Hamish

L/ Coder, V37267, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

STANLEY, James Clifford

AB, V81451, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

TRUDEL, Joseph Mailly Rodrigue

AB, V57947, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

WARE, William John

Tel, V23827, RCNVR

MPK - 16 Apr 1945 

WHITE, Donald Winchester

AB, V88056, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

WHITEHEAD, Bruce Mansell

Slt, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

ZBARSKY, Ralph

AB, V37720, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1945 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aitkren, Robert

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Bexrud, Kenneth

1915-2006

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

 

 

 

C-D

Campbell, Albert Bruce

1915-2009

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Campbell, Bruce Magee

1925-2008

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Dempster, Edward

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Dickie, William Innis

1922-2012

 

G-H

Gladwin, Wynyard Robert

1919-2015

Halley, Andrew F.

1921-2008

Henderson, William James

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Hillier, Norman Harry

____-____

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Hook, William Walter

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

K-L

Kazakoff, Mike

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Kidd, Thomas George

1925-2009

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Lamont, William

1921-2003

Served in Esquimalt as a SBA

 

 

M-N

MacMillan, Robert Cunningham

____-____

Drafted to Esquimalt 29 Jan 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR. Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Manuel, Terrence Charles

____-2004

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Marcelus, Allan Rodney

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

McDonald, Duncan Thomas

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

McDougall, Leo Stephen

1922-2015

McGrath, Edward

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Meyer, Montague Barrington

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Mimee, Frederick Percy

____-2011

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Murphy, Herbert

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

 

O-P

Parnell, Harold Leslie

1915-2002

Peck, Brendan

1925-2009

 

 

 

Q-R

Ramsey, William

____-____

Richard, Joseph Aurele Francis

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Rowe, Kenneth Earl Williams

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

 

 

S-T

Sargent, Jack Ronald

____-____

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Schwenger, Arthur Cope

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Smith, Frank William

____-2003

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Taylor, Paul Dalrymple

1910-1989

2nd Commanding Officer

Thomas, Donald James

____-____

Survived the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

W-X

Ware, Jack Edward

____-____

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

Survived sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Ball, Jordan Richard, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944

 

Gilmour, Douglas Wilson, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1943

Hatch, William McLaren, Slt, RCNVR -21 Feb 1944

 

Johnson, Ernest Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Jan 1943

Norton, George R.W., Skpr, RCNR - 15 Mar 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

A Memory Stirred - Story of HMCS Esquimalt 16 Apr 1945

Casualty and Survivors List from the sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

HMCS Esquimalt's Final Survivor - Tom Hawthorn's Blog

Joe Wilson - Last survivor of HMCS Esquimalt - Buried at Sea

Last survivor of HMCS Esquimalt buried at sea

Sailor was a true comrade in arms - Frank William Smith

The Memory Project - Louis Henry (Lou) Howard - "Survivors Ahead, Survivors Ahead"

The Sinking of HMCS Esquimalt

Sailor was one of 27 saved from the Esquimalt

Service Records of CERA Norman Chesley Shave

U-190 and the HMCS Esquimalt - by Bill Walker

War Story - Joe Wilson

 

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