River Class Frigate



HMCS Grou K518

Source: Flickr photo collection of DR Gorham


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944,   Arctic  1944



Laid down: 01 May 1943

Launched: 07 Aug 1943

Commissioned: 04 Dec 1943

Paid off: 25 Feb 1946

Fate: Broken up in 1948


She was named for a French martyr of 1690 in lieu of the name Pointe-aux-Trembles, Que., the latter being considered overly long. Built at Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Que, she was commissioned at Montreal on 04 Dec 1943. She arrived at Halifax later that month, worked up in St. Margaret's Bay and in Mar 1944, was assigned to EG 6, Londonderry. In Apr 1944 she went to Kola Inlet and returned as escort, along with Waskesiu, Outremont and Cape Breton, to convoy RA.59 from North Russia, arriving at Loch Ewe on 06 May 1944. Based at various times at 'Derry, Portsmouth, and Plymouth, she was present on D-Day on A/S patrol. Grou left for home with convoy ON.285 on 17 Feb 1945, and on 04 Mar 1945 began a six-month tropicalization refit at Dartmouth, N.S. In Oct 1945 she left for the west coast, where she was paid off into reserve at Esquimalt on 25 Feb 1946. She was broken up at Victoria in 1948.



Photos and Documents



Commanding Officers


LCdr Howard Geoffrey Dupont, RCNR - 04 Dec 1943 - 02 Jul 1945

A/Cdr B.D.L. Johnson, RCNR - 09 Aug 1945 - 14 Nov 1945

LCdr R.D. Barrett, RCNR - 15 Nov 1945 - unk

LCdr Howard Lee Quinn, LCdr, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1946 - 25 Feb 1946



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


HOWELL, Ernest H.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

died - 02 Oct 1945



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Arsenault, Louis Ignatious, Lt, RCNR - 09 Feb 1944


Broad, Robert, V-54696 


Feehan, Francis Michael, SLt, RCNVR - 15 May 1945


Jacobs, Robert Archibald, SLt, RCNVR - 01 May 1945


Mathews, Richard Frank, SLt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

Nesbitt, John Ross, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Patterson, Dan William, A/Lt (E), RCNVR - 18 Apr 1945


Sedgewick, Donald Gordon, Lt (S), RCNVR - 03 Jun 1945


Shee, John Arthur, A/Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1945



Photos and Documents



Cap and silk of Robert Broad V-54696

Robert gave his cap and silk to Kevin Joynt, son of his best friend, John Joynt, when Kevin was 12 years old.

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Robert Broad drew this cartoon caricature on the kit bag of his best friend, John Joynt, while they were in boot camp at HMCS Cornwallis. Robert went on to serve on HMCS Grou and John to ML Q072.  The kit bag with this drawing is in the possession of John Joynt's son, Kevin.

Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Newspaper article - Club Wishes HMCS Grou Godspeed

Newspaper article - Kiwanians Present $1,500 Cheque to Crew of Frigate, HMCS Grou