For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project



Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Matapedia K112

Credit: Charles James Sadler, RCNVR, Sto 1c, V-4963, HMCS Columbia


Laid down: 02 Feb 1940

Launched: 14 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 09 May 1941

Paid off: 16 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1950


Commissioned at Quebec City on 09 May 1941, Matapedia arrived at Halifax on 24 May 1941. She was assigned to Sydney Force as a local escort until late Sep 1941, when she was transferred to Newfoundland Command for ocean escort work between St. John's and Iceland. On her first trip, she left Sydney on 29 Sep 1941 for Iceland with convoy SC.47. After three round trips she left St. John's on 06 Feb 1942, with SC.68 for Londonderry, returning in Mar 1942 with ON.70. It was to her only trip to the U.K., as she joined WLEF on her return and, with the exception of a stint with Gaspé Force from Nov to Dec 1944, remained with WLEF until the end of the war. She underwent a major refit at Pictou from 08 May 1943, she was rammed amidships in a thick fog off Sambro Lightship by SS Scorton, and seriously damaged. After temporary repairs at Dartmouth from 10 Sep to 12 Oct 1943, she was towed to Liverpool, N.S., for full repairs and refit, including fo'c's'le extension. This was completed early in Feb, 1944, and a month later she proceeded to Bermuda for two weeks' workups, on her return joining EG W-4 for the balance of the war. She underwent one further major refit from 15 Feb to 28 Apr 1945, at Halifax, again followed by workups in Bermuda, but the war was over now and she was paid off at Sorel on 16 Jun 1945. Matapedia was broken up at the Steel Company of Canada, Hamilton, ON in 1950.


Commanding Officers

Lt Ronald James Herman, RCNR - 09 Jul 1941 - 26 Apr 1943

Lt John de la Foss Frewer, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1943 - 12 May 1944

Lt Christopher French Usher, RCNVR - 13 May 1944 - 16 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     



MACLEAN, James Allen

AB, V1136, RCNVR

killed - 12 Dec 1942

(ashore in St. John's, NFLD)


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Alward, Calvin James


Bagshaw, John George


Drafted to Matapedia Jan 1944 as a Slt, RCNVR

Bernays, Max Lepold





Dibben, Robert Sheppard







Fell, John Atkinson


Frewer, John de la Fosse


2nd Commanding Officer





Gigg, Edmund Gilbert


Served in Matapedia in 1942

Hannis, James Proctor






Iseppon, Ivan


Jeffery, Singleton Charles


Served in Matapedia 07 Feb 1943 - 12 May 1943





Learmonth, Kenneth William







Manuel, Laurence Arthur


Served in Matapedia 1941-1942 as a Stoker

Mayhew, John Lawrence






Steele, Arthur







Walker, James Thomas


Windle, John Patrick






Former Crew Members

Brynjolfson, Harold, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1942


Charbonneau, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNR - 11 Feb 1944


Flavelle, William Elliott, Slt, RCNR - 09 May 1941


Gordon, John Harold, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 09 May 1941


Gower, Graham Frewer, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1941


Hewott, John Wilkes, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1945

Johnston, Robert Windham Squire, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1942


Parsons, Arthur Winston Churchill, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945


Pearce, Richard Gallery, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Jul 1942


Reid, Leslie Bruce, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944


Romans, Henry Manner, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945

Ryan, David Hugh Patrick (Pat), Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943


Southham, Robert Wilson, Lt, RCNR - 09 May 1941


Taylor, Douglas Milton, Slt, RCNVR - 16 Jun 1942


Taylor, Wilfred, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 15 Apr 1944


Tosh, Merwin Clarke, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1944


West, Norman William, Slt, RCNVR - 01 May 1945


Photos and Documents



Ship's company photos for HMCS Matapedia