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HMCS HAMILTON I24 (1941)

Former USS ROGERS 170

Former USS KALK 170

Former HMS Kalk (1940)

Former HMS HAMILTON (1940)

HMCS Hamilton I24

 

Laid down: 17 Aug 1918

Launched: 21 Dec 1918

Commissioned: 29 Mar 1919

Paid off: 1922

Re-commissioned: Jun 1940

Transferred to RN: 23 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 23 Sep 1940

Renamed: Oct 1940 as HMS Hamilton

Transferred to RCN: 1941

Commissioned: 06 Jul 1941

Paid off: 08 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1945

 

Commissioned on 29 Mar 1919 as USS Kalk she served the USN in European waters during 1919, returning to the U.S. to perform training duties for a few months before being laid up at Philadelphia in 1922. Re-commissioned in Jun 1940, she served briefly with the Neutrality Patrol in the Atlantic before being transferred to the RN at Halifax on 23 Sep 1940. Commissioned as HMS Kalk, she was renamed Hamilton (for Hamilton, Bermuda) at St. John's where, on her arrival on 01 Oct 1940, she was damaged in collision with her sister HMS Georgetown. She was taken to Saint John, N.B., for repairs and, while being undocked there on 26 Oct 1940, ran aground and received damage sufficient to lay her up for half a year. She was therefore offered to the RCN, re-commissioned at Saint John as an RCN ship on 06 Jul 1941, and assigned to WLEF. After escorting one convoy, she was in collision with the Netherlands submarine O-15 at Halifax. After repairs she again took up local escort duties, and in Jun 1943, became a member of WLEF's EG W-4. She still had not made a transatlantic passage when she was declared unfit for service 11 March 1943, later tied up as a tender to HMCS Cornwallis in Aug 1943. Paid off on 08 Jun 1945, she was sold for scrap and left Sydney, NS on 6 July 1945 under tow to Baltimore to be broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Norman Vincent Clark, RCNR - 06 Jul 1941 - 19 Jul 1943

LCdr Douglas George Jeffrey, RCNR - 20 Jul 1943 - 18 Jan 1944

Cdr Francis Poole, RCNR - 19 Jan 1944 - 22 Apr 1945

Skpr/Lt Joseph David Burnham, RCNR - 23 Apr 1945 - 08 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

KENT, Donald Archibald

CPO, 3729, RCN

died - 12 May 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Clarke, John James Ashworth

1919-2015

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

 

 

 

G-H

Gunson, Richard James

1926-2009

Hughes, Wallace Nelson

1924-2005

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, Robert Louis

____-____

Lancaster, Malcom Carl

1922-2013

 

 

 

M-N

McGrath, Donald King

1917-1984

Served in Hamilton 11 May 1942 - 01 Jul 1942 as a Sig

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Andrews, Alexander Witherspoon A/War (E), RCN - Jan 1945

 

Beharriell, Stanley Ross, A/Lt, RCNVR - 02 May 1944

 

Clark, Norman Vincent, A/LCdr, RCNR, CO - 25 Jun 1941 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1941

 

Connolly, John Joseph, LCdr, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1941

 

Golby, Thomas Maitland Wade, Lt, RCNR - 01 Jul 1941 / 06 Jul 1941

 

Hewitt, James Brockbank, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Apr 1945

 

Hunter, John Rooke, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1942

 

Kyle, Lorne Samuel, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1941 (Stand by) / 06 Jul 1941

Lear, Douglas E., P/S/Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1945

 

Martin, Frederick Oliver, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1944

 

McCaffrey, George Frederick William, Slt (E), RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944

 

Morgan, Robert Fraser, Lt (E), RCNVR - 07 Feb 1945

 

Morrison, Donald McIntyre, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Neilson, John Bell Robertson, Lt (E), RCNR - 06 Jul 1941

 

Pardee, Charles Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1941

 

Patterson, William Carroll, Lt (E), RCNVR- 20 Feb 1942

 

Robertson, John Bell, Lt (E), RCNR - 06 May 1941 (Stand by)

 

Rosser, Harold Morse, A/LCdr (E), RCNR - 22 Mar 1944

 

Simpson, Jack Frederick, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943

Smythies, Dudley Raymond, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1942

 

Spragge, Peter Waldie, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Jul 1941

 

Stinson, Frederick Leighton, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1944

 

Thomson, Robert Kidd, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 19 Feb 1944

 

Toller, William Henry, Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1942

 

Tweedie, Frederick John, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Vatcher, Chesley Holmes, Slt (E), RCNVR - 15 Jun 1943

 

Webb, Donald Irving, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

 

Wismer, Albert Irvin, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1942

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of John James Ashworth Clarke

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