For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS FRASER H48

former HMS CRESCENT

HMCS Fraser on 25 Jun 1940, shortly before her loss

 

Battle honours and Awards:  Atlantic  1939-40

 

 

Laid down: 01 Dec 1930

Launched: 29 Sep 1931

Commissioned: 15 Apr 1932

Transferred to RCN: 20 Oct 1936

Commissioned: 17 Feb 1937

Sunk: 25 Jun 1940

 

Commissioned on 15 Apr 1932 as HMS Crescent, she was purchased by the RCN on 20 Oct 1936. Fraser was commissioned on 17 Feb 1937, at Chatham, U.K. She arrived at Esquimalt on 03 May 1937 and was stationed on the west coast until the outbreak of the war. Ordered to Halifax, she arrived on 15 Sep 1939 and, like her sisters, was put to work as local escort to ocean convoys out of Halifax. In Nov 1939 Fraser was transferred to operational control of the RN's America and West Indies Station, but continued to be based at Halifax until ordered in Mar 1940, to join Jamaica Force for Caribbean patrol service. On 26 May 1940 she left Bermuda for the U.K., arriving at Plymouth on 03 Jun 1940 for a minor refit in which her torpedo tubes were removed and AA guns mounted. A participant in the evacuation of France, she was returning to Plymouth from St. Jean de Luz with HMCS Restigouche and the cruiser HMS Calcutta. While sailing towards Bordeaux, still in the Girone River estuary, with a destroyer on each bow of HMS Calcutta, line ahead was ordered and Fraser on Calcutta's starboard bow, turned to port intending to turn inward and run down the cruiser's starboard side. Calcutta thought she intended to cross her bow and run down the port side and she therefore turned to starboard and in the poor visibility sheered through Fraser's forecastle sinking her with a loss of 65 of her crew. Most survivors went to HMCS Margaree and were lost when she sunk after a collision with MV Port Fairy, 22 Oct 1940.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Victor Gabriel Brodeur, CB, CBE, RCN - 17 Feb 1937 - 24 Mar 1937

Cdr Howard Emerson Reid, CB, RCN - 25 Mar 1937 - 31 Aug 1938

Cdr Wallace Bourchier Creery, CBE, RCN - 01 Sep 1938 - 25 Jun 1940

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

ARCHER, Arthur Ernest

LS, 2560, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

BARRETT, Osbourne Gordon

CPO, Victualling Ass't, 20392, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

BAXTER, Richard Alexander

PO, 2570, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

BEVINGTON, Sidney

PO, D/J 103378, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

BISSON, George Paul

Stoker, 21584, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

BODGER, Richard Roy

PO, 2156, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

BROWN, Hugh Smith

Shipwright, 40461, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

CALL, George Edward

Sto PO, 21313, RCN

DOW - 04 Jul 1940 

CARLTON, Douglas Anson

AB, 3290, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

CAROLAN, Robert Emmett

Sto, 21483, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

CHISOLM, Frederick D

OS, D/JX 179370, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CLARK, Frank

OS, D/JX 179367, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CLARK, John Richardson

OS, 3431, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

CLARKE, William

OS, 3276, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

CONWAY, Archibald Henry William

LS, 2259, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

COOK, John Edward

Sto, 21488, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

COX, Richard H

OS, D/JX 179361, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

DAVIES, Leonard L

OS, D/JX 188660, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

EDWARDS, Edward

OS, D/JX 188749, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

ELLIS, Verdun G

OS, D/JX 188671, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

FECTEAU, Ernest

Chief Ord. Art, 21180, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

FORD, Malgwyn Charles

AB, 2669, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

Served in Fraser 22 Jan 1937 - 14 Apr 1938 and 17 Jan 1939 - 25 Jun 1940 as an AB, RCN

GAGNON, William Miller

Sto, 21485, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

GILL, James

OS, D/JX 188663, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

HICKS, Earl Cameron

PO Cook, 40396, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

HINDS, Edward

OS, D/JX 179349, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

JOHNSTON, James McKinley

AB, 2802, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

JONES, Glyn

OS, D/JX, 187980, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

KELLY, John Richard

AB, 3099, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

KEMPSON, Walter M

OS, D/JX 188730, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

KENNEDY, Archibald

AB, 3011, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

KENNEDY, Robert Makin

AB, 3230, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

KOWBEL, Harry

AB, 3293, RCN

killed - 25 Jun 1940 

LEATHERBY, Frederick E

LS, D/JX 136867, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

LEVICK, Cyril L

L/Supp Ass't, D/MX 52017, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

LEVINE, Reginald L

OS, D/JX 187873, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

LOGAN, Clifford Melvin

AB, 2817, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MACKLIN, Franklin George

L/Sig, 2536, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MARCOTTE, Joseph Leo Paul

AB, 2161, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MARKS, Walter H

OS, D/JX 188717, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MARR, David

PO Tel, 2185, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MCDOWELL, Andrew Vincent

Sto 2c, V/300, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MCGIBNEY, Frank

Electrical Artificer, 40569, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MCLACHLAN, George Hallern

Sto, 21612, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MILLER, Lloyd Gregory

AB, 3259, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MITCHELL, Donald William

OS, 3424, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MOORE, Arthur James

Yeoman of Signals, 2258, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MORE, Andrew

AB, V/9314, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

MORRIS, Raymond H

OS, D/JX 188759, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

PADDON, James Weymuth

AB, 2730, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

PAUL, Gordon McKenzie

AB, V/16007, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

POMEROY, Alfred J

CPO, D/J 51975, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

PRATT, William Russell

AB, V/16013, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

PRICE, John Roberts

CPO, 2082, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

REES, Henry V

OS, D/JX 187981, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

ROSS, William Garfield

Sto PO, V/10019, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

SAUNDERS, Arthur Robert

AB, 41047, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

SCIBAN, Henry Albert

AB, 3097, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

SENYK, Steven

Sto, 21638, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

SMITH, Charles Dunsmore

OS, 3307, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

SWINDLEHURST, John Coleman

Ord. Sig, V/7559, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

WAGAR, Donald Frank

AB, 2896, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

WATT, Thomas

Sto PO, 21232, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

WESTCOTT, James Herbert

AB, 2237, RCN

died - 06 Nov 1939 

WHITE, Donald Harrison

OS, 3502, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

 

WRIGHT, Richard Christopher Farr

Sto, 21608, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anslow, John R.B.

____-2009

Bak, Boley Hubert

1915-2012

Banfield, Nelson Ralph

1917-2007

 

 

C-D

COLE, John Ward

Survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser. MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

Cosh, Digby Rex Bell

Died: 24 Jun 1944

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

De Costa, Edward Lawrence

1918-2013

Derbyshire, William Stephen

1913-2010

Domeier, Eric Curt

Survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser. MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

Doyle, Peter Maurice

1919-2003

DRAPER, Herbert Lorimer

killed - 21 Jul 1943

see HMCS The Pas

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

 

E-F

Fleming, Ronald Joseph

Survived the sinking of Fraser. MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

 

G-H

Groos, Harold Victor William

1912-1987

Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as Lt, RCN

Hanson, Brian Aldom

1921-2003

Survived the sinking of Fraser

Harvey, William James

Survived the sinking of Fraser. MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

Holms, William Boyd Love

____-1989

Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as LCDR, RCN, XO

 

K-L

Landymore, William Moss

1916-2008

Drafted to Fraser H48 06 Mar 1940 as Lt, RCN. Survived the sinking of Fraser

Latter, Edward Joseph Paul

1920-2014

 

 

 

M-N

Mara, John Joseph

Survived the sinking of Fraser. MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

Mann, Clement Cecil Wallace

1911-2005

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Fraser in 1937

 

 

O-P

Petts, Clifford

Was on leave from Fraser when she was sunk. MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

 Pope, Rufus Campbell

Drafted to Fraser 20 Feb 1940 as Lt, RCNVR. Survived sinking of Fraser. MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

Q-R

Reid, Howard Emmerson

1897-1962

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

S-T

Stark, Horace Garner

MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick

1906-1965

Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as Lt (G), RCN

 

 

 

U-V

Underwood, John Comber

MPK 22 Oct 1940 on HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Knowlton, John Grant, LCdr (E), RCN - 01 Feb 1937 (Stand by) / 17 Feb 1937

 

Laman, Albert Curil Kirkland, Lt (E), RN

Lewis, Bernard Arthur, Gnr (T), RCN - 17 Feb 1937

 

McLean, Timothy Blair, A/Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1940

McMurtry, Alexander Eric, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1940

 

 

 

 

 

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