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HMCS KENOGAMI K125

HMCS Kenogami K125

Credit: Cece McLennan

 

Laid down: 20 Apr 1940

Launched: 05 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 29 Jun 1941

Paid off: 09 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1950

 

Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned at Montreal on 29 Jun 1941. Kenogami arrived at Halifax on 04 Jul 1941. She served briefly with Halifax Force before arriving at St. John's on 24 Aug 1941 to join as convoy escort all the way to the U.K., as it lost 18 ships in what proved to be one of the worst convoy battles of the war. In Feb, 1942, after five months' ocean escort duty between St. John's and Iceland, she made her first tip to Londonderry, joining WLEF on her return. She received an extensive refit at Halifax through Jun and Jul 1942, and in Oct 1942 resumed her ocean escort duties with EG C-1. The following month she took part in another fierce convoy battle, that of ONS.154, which lost 14 ships. In Mar 1943, she made one round trip to Gibraltar, escorting follow-up convoys to the invasion of North Africa. On 11 May 1943 she left 'Derry for the last time, attached to EG B-4 (RN) with convoy ON.183. After a two-month refit at Liverpool, N.S., and workups at Pictou, she joined WLEF's EG W-8. In Apr 1944, she transferred to W-4, but in Dec 1944 rejoined W-8 for the balance of the war. During this period she underwent a major refit at Liverpool, N.S., between Jun and Oct 1944, including fo'c's'le extension, followed by three weeks' workups in Bermuda. She was paid off on 09 Jul 1945 at Sydney and broken up at Hamilton in 1950.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Reginald (Cowboy) Jackson, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1941 - 21 Nov 1942

Lt James Leslie Percy, RCNVR - 22 Nov 1942 - 23 Feb 1944

Lt Ralph George McKenzie, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1944 - 09 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Baldwin, John Herbert

1917-2011

Burton, William Clarence

Killed HMCS Valleyfield 07 May 1944

 

 

 

C-D

Carpenter, L.F.

____-2013

Cock, Peter John Bligh

1918-2011

Drafted to Kenogami on 08 May 1941 as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by / 29 Jun 1941 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

E-F

Fergusson, Otway Charles

1920-2009

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gage, Gordon E

1925-1991

Served in Kenogami 23 Jul 1943 - 26 Jul 1944 as an OS

Haigh, James Dawson

____-2007

Haslam, Albert

____-1998

 

 

M-N

McVey, Milne

1918-2007

Mole, John

1923-2015

 

 

 

O-P

Ostlund, Raymond Eugene

____-1992

Drafted to Kenogami Jan 1944 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Robert, Maurice

1918-2001

Ryder, Lawrence

____-____

 

 

 

W-X

Wardell, Robert Franklin

1923-2003

 

 

 

 

Ship's Mascots

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Former Crew Members

Bisset, John Ernest, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1942

 

Brooks, Morley Drummond, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1941

 

Clark, Andrew Cunningham, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Griffiths, Morgan Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Hallet, Abraham Richard, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 29 Jun 1941

 

Hewitson, Albert Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1945

 

Hulot, Henri, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945

Jackson, Reginald (Cowboy), LCdr, RCNVR - 08 May 1941 (Stand by)

 

Key, James Sydney, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1944

 

Matchett, John Boyd, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1943 

 

McPhee, Donald Harrison, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1942

 

Monaghan, Terrance Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1944

 

Percy, James Leslie, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

Peters, Thomas Walker, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1943

 

Sargeant, Ernest, CPO Wireless Operator 

 

Smallman, William Wilson, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

St. Laurent, Renault Maurice Stephen, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1943

 

Urquhart, William Hector Eustace, A/Lt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945

 

Wildsmith, Alfred Charles, A/Wt (E), RCN - 19 Jul 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Battle for Convoy ONS-154

Cece McLennan Photo Collection

One of Canada's Oldest Naval Vets Honoured

Personal photo gallery for Gordon Gage

Ship's company photos for HMCS Kenogami

The Battle for ONS 154

 

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