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HMCS LEASIDE K492

HMCS Leaside K492

 

Laid down: 23 Sep 1943

Launched: 10 Mar 1944

Transferred to the RCN: 21 Aug 1944

Commissioned: 21 Aug 1944

Paid off: 16 Nov 1945

Fate: Scuttled in Jan 1979

 

Laid down and launched as HMS Walmer Castle K460, she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on 21 Aug 1944, at Middlesbrough as HMCS Leaside K492. Following workups at Tobermory in Sep 1944 Leaside arrived at Londonderry early in Oct 1944 to join EG C-8, then forming. She sailed on 22 Oct 1944 to meet ON.261, her first convoy, and served the rest of the war as an ocean escort. On 11 May 1945, HMCS Leaside K492, HMCS Edmundston K106 and HMCS Poundmaker K675 departed Londonderry for the last time as escort for convoy ONS.50. Leaside left St. John's in Jun 1945 for Esquimalt, where she was paid off for disposal on 16 Nov 1945. Sold in 1946 to the Union Steamship Co., Vancouver, she was converted to a coastal passenger vessel and renamed Coquitlam. In 1950 she was renamed Glacier Queen. In 1970 she stripped in anticipation of becoming a floating restaurant but the plans for the restaurant fell thought and she was left as a hulk. The hulk sank in Cook Inlet, Alaska, on 08 Nov 1978, but was raised and towed to sea and scuttled in Jan 1979.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

ON.261

Southend (20 Oct 1944)

New York City (05 Nov 1944)

22 Oct 1944

31 Oct 1944

HX.318

New York City (04 Nov 1944)

Liverpool (19 Dec 1944)

10 Nov 1944

19 Nov 1944

ON.269

Liverpool (29 Nov 1944)

New York City (15 Dec 1944)

29 Nov 1944

09 Dec 1944

SC.163

Halifax (17 Dec 1944)

Liverpool (31 Dec 1944)

20 Dec 1944

30 Dec 1944

ONS.40

Liverpool (12 Jan 1945)

Halifax (30 Jan 1945)

13 Jan 1945

25 Jan 1945

HX.335

New York City (28 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (10 Feb 1945)

02 Feb 1945

10 Feb 1945

ON.286

Liverpool (21 Feb 1945)

New York City (09 Mar 1945)

21 Feb 1945

04 Mar 1945

HX.343

New York City (09 Mar 1945)

Liverpool (24 Mar 1945)

14 Mar 1945

24 Mar 1945

ONS.46

Liverpool (02 Apr 1945)

Halifax (20 Apr 1945)

02 Apr 1945

16 Apr 1945

HX.351

New York City (18 Apr 1945)

Liverpool (03 May 1945)

23 Apr 1945

03 May 1945

ONS.50

Liverpool (11 May 1945)

Halifax (29 May 1945)

12 May 1945

23 May 1945

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Gordon Guthrie Keith Holder, RCNVR - 21 Aug 1944 - 15 Jun 1945

Lt Harold Brynolfson, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1945 - 30 Aug 1945

LCdr Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR - 01 Sep 1945 - 16 Nov 1945 

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

PATERSON, John Archibald

Sick Berth Attendant, V/88925, RCNVR

died - 08 May 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Burdon, Thomas Holland

1919-2013

Served in Leaside 03 Jul 1944 - Jul 1945 as Lt, RCNVR, X.O.

 

 

 

 

C-D

Cockburn, Alfred J.

____-2011

Collishaw, Walter

____-1956

Connor, Harry Pache

____-2002

Dubeau, Edward Roland

1926-2007

Dynes, Donald V.

1915-2002

G-H

 

Gray, John Ferguson

1924-2000

Gregor, James Hill

____-2005

Harnick, Joseph A.

1924-2006

Hatfield, Donald Malcolm

1925-2008

Holder, Gordon Guthrie Keith

1920-1966

Drafted to Leaside 03 Jul 1944 as Lt, RCNVR (Standby), CO.

1st Commanding Officer

 

K-L

Kearney, George Alfred

1923-2016

Kellas, Archie

1916-2007

Kidd, Peter Fides

c1903-1980

Drafted to Leaside 08 May 1944 as Wt (E), RCNR, Engineering Officer

Kirkpatrick, William Murray

1919-2011

Lariviere, Jean

1924-2012

Served in Leaside 1944 - 1945

M-N

Mannion, George

____-1998

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ross, Frederick Ormond

____-2001

 

 

 

 

S-T

Saxton, Joseph Patrick

1926-2010

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wigmore, Gerald A.

1925-2006

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Zaphe, Gerald Gray

1913-1992

Drafted to Leaside 12 Jul 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Brennen, Pete

 

Brine, Bill, Sto PO - 1945 (of Springhill, NS)

 

Brockhurst, Norman William, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Crout, Leslie Eden, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Apr 1945

 

Dupre, Yvon A., Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

Galarneau, Andre, AB - 1945 (of Montreal, QC)

 

Lemon, Kenneth Armstrong, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 30 May 1945

 

Mitchell, Arthur, A/CPO - 1945 (of Calgary, AB)

 

Mulley, John Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945

 

Rainboth, SBA - circa 1945/46

Reid, William Charles, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1945

 

Southee, George Alfred, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Stechyson - 1945

 

Strackhan, Hugh, C.E.R.A. - 1945 (of Cumberland, BC)

 

Tanner, John James, A/Wt (E), RCN - 29 May 1945

 

Young, Paul, Ch/Sto - 1945 (of Halifax)

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Leaside K492 on her commissioning day

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

Newspaper article on the commissioning of HMCS Leaside K492

Officers mentioned in the article: Lt G.G.K. Holder, CO; Lt T.H. Burdon, 1st Lt (XO); Lt G.A. Southee, Navo

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

HMCS Leaside - Dedication pamphlet (cover)

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

Two officers by ship's badge in the wardroom of HMCS Leaside K492

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

Sing-a-long in the Wardroom on HMCS Leaside K492

Lt Gerald Zaphe - standing, 1st on right

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

 

HMCS Leaside Christmas Card - 1944

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Zaphe

Courtesy of Robert Cooke

Newspaper article on a sing-along on HMCS Leaside

Crow's Nest Newspaper - Apr 1945

HMCS Leaside's bell

The bell is being kept in a display case at Leaside High School, Leaside, Ontario.

Courtesy of Patricia Baker

HMCS Leaside - location unknown

From the collection of Jean Lariviere

Courtesy of Danielle Lariviere

"Tiffie Rainboth - on what is believed to be HMCS Leaside, Bedwell Bay, BC circa late1945 early 1946.

This photo was found in an antique store in BC.  If you have any info on Sick Bay Assistant Rainboth, please contact the Webmaster

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Gorley

Pete Brennen on HMCS Leaside K492

This photo was found in an antique store in BC.  If you have any info on Pete Brennen, please contact the Webmaster

Photo courtesy of Charlotte Gorley

 

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