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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS MATAPEDIA K112

 

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

A-B

Alward, Calvin James

1923-2017

Bagshaw, John George

____-____

Drafted to Matapedia Jan 1944 as a Slt, RCNVR

Bernays, Max Lepold

1910-1974

 

 

C-D

Dibben, Robert Sheppard

1914-1982

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fell, John Atkinson

____-____

Frewer, John de la Fosse

____-2003

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

G-H

Gigg, Edmund Gilbert

1924-2013

Served in Matapedia in 1942

Hannis, James Proctor

____-1994

 

 

 

I-J

Iseppon, Ivan

1924-2011

Jeffery, Singleton Charles

1917-1943

Served in Matapedia 07 Feb 1943 - 12 May 1943

 

 

 

K-L

Learmonth, Kenneth William

____-2009

 

 

 

 

M-N

Manuel, Laurence Arthur

1914-2001

Served in Matapedia 1941-1942 as a Stoker

Mayhew, John Lawrence

1922-2008

 

 

 

S-T

Steele, Arthur

1921-2015

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, James Thomas

1925-2011

Windle, John Patrick

1925-2005

 

 

 

 

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

 

Links

Ship's company photos for HMCS Matapedia

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