For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Giffard K402


Laid down: 30 Nov 1942

Launched: 19 Jun 1943

Transferred to the RCN: 10 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 10 Nov 1943

Paid off: 05 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1952


Laid down and launched as HMS Buddleia, she was renamed HMCS Giffard K402 in Sep 1943. On 10 Nov 1943, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Giffard K402; named after a town in Quebec. After working-up at Tobermory Giffard joined EG C-1 at Londonderry and on 15 Feb 1944, sailed to join her first convoy, ON.224. On 07 May 1944 she rescued 49 survivors of the torpedoed Valleyfield, and the following week resumed her duties as an ocean escort until 27 Nov 1944, when she left Halifax for Liverpool, N.S., to undergo a major refit. Completed in Mar 1945, this was followed by workups in Bermuda, when she arrived in St. John's on 15 Apr 1945, to be employed locally until  her departure on 13 May 1945 with convoy HX.335 for the U.K. Giffard left Greenock early in Jun 1945 on her final westward voyage, was paid off on 05 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel to await disposal. She was broken up in 1952 in Hamilton.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Charles Peterson, RCNR - 10 Nov 1943 - 09 May 1944

Lt George Henry Matheson, RCNR - 10 May 1944 - 05 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

LANGTON, Thomas Lloyd

Stoker, V/43004, RCNVR

MPK - 11 Jun 1944 

OTTAWAY, Eric Stone

Stoker 1c, V/46481, RCNVR

died - 24 Jul 1944 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Gough, Kenneth Alexander







McCoy, Mirrild E.


McGuigan, Roland L.






Pollock, Timothy John W.







Redshaw, Robert Leslie







Scholefield, Donald







Irving, Walter







Former Crew Members

Cover, Evan Alfred, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Feb 1944


Dunn, George William, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jan 1945

Landry, David Michael, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945


Lawrie, James Chester, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

Pickering, Robert John (Pick) - The Memory Project


Robertson, David Allen, Wt (E), RCNVR - 10 Jun 1944 / 16 Jun 1944


Photos and Documents


Ken Gough on HMCS Giffard K402

From the collection of Ken Gough

Courtesy of Kate Hyland 

HMCS Giffard K402