For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Kitchener K225

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Laid down: 28 Feb 1941

Launched: 18 Nov 1941

Commissioned: 28 Jun 1942

Paid off: 11 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in Apr 1949


Laid down as HMCS Vancouver, she was renamed HMCS Kitchener prior to commissioning. She was commissioned at Quebec City on 18 June 1942. Kitchener arrived at Halifax on 16 Jul 1942 and carried out six weeks' workups at Pictou before briefly joining WLEF in Sep 1942. It may have been during this unusually long workup that she starred in the film Corvette K-225 with Randolph Scott. In Oct 1942 she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch," and arrived at Londonderry on 03 Nov 1942. For the next four and one-half months she escorted U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, returning to Halifax on 19 Apr 1943, with convoy ONS.2. In May 1943 she joined Western Support Force but in Jun 1943 transferred to EG C-5, MOEF, and during the following four months made three round trips to Londonderry. A major refit, commenced in Oct 1943 at Liverpool, N.S., was completed on 28 Jan 1944, followed by two weeks' working-up in Bermuda. In mid-Apr 1944 she arrived at Londonderry, where she was assigned to invasion duties with Western Approaches Command, based at Milford Haven. She arrived off the beaches on D-Day escorting a group of landing craft. From Aug 1944 until the end of the war she served with EG 41, Plymouth, returning home late in May 1945, to be paid off at Sorel 11 Jul 1945. She was broken up at Hamilton in 1949.


Commanding Officers

LCdr William Evans, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1942 - 16 Jan 1944

Lt Jack Errington Moles, RCNVR - 17 Jan 1944 - 11 Jul 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

RUDD, George

L/Stoker, V17436, RCNVR

died - 08 Jun 1943


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Beckner, Floyd Wayne







Caton, William Morrison


DeLancey, Arthur Langley






Erickson, Walton Earl







Johnson, George







McCallum, William Aubrey


Newman, Clyde William


Drafted to Kitchener 30 Jan 1944 as A/War (E), RCNVR





Plester, Alan Ivan James







Former Crew Members

Bolduc, Joseph Lazariate, Cd (E) - 27 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 28 Jun 1942


Calder, William Andrew George, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1943


Cameron, William H. (Bill) 


David, Charles Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1944


Evans, William, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1942

Fraser, Donald McNeish, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1943


Holden, James Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 28 Jun 1942


Johnson, George, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944


Lillie, Edward Burns, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


McDonald, James Albert, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1942

McGregor, Malcolm Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1945


Paddon, William Anthony, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 May 1943


Penny, John Arthur Stewart, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1942


Smith, Russell John, Mate, RCNR - 28 Jun 1942


Walker, John Archibald, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Photos and Documents



Ship's company photos for HMCS Kitchener

Walter H. Cameron - The Memory Project