For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Meon K269

Source: Flickr photo collection of Don Gorham


Battle honour and awards:  Atlantic  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Arctic  1945 



Laid down: 31 Dec 1942

Launched: 04 Aug 1943

Commissioned in the RN: 31 Dec 1943

Paid off: 07 Feb 1944

Transferred to RCN: 07 Feb 1944

Commissioned: 07 Feb 1944

Decommissioned: 23 Apr 1945

Returned to the RN: 23 Dec 1945

Paid off: 1965

Fate: Broken up in 1966


Named after an English river, HMS Meon was commissioned on 31 Dec 1943 at Glasgow and sailed on 16 Jan 1944, with convoy ON.220 for Canada. Transferred to the RCN, she was commissioned in the RCN at Halifax on 07 Feb 1944, and in Apr 1944 worked up in St. Margaret's Bay. In May 1944 she was assigned to EG 9 and sailed with convoy HXM.289 to join EG 9 in Londonderry. For the next five months she was employed in U.K. coastal waters, and was present on D-Day. She was then transferred to the EG 27, Halifax, as Senior Officer's ship, arriving there on 19 Oct 1944. Employed locally until 31 Mar 1945, she then left Halifax to join convoy HX.347 on passage to Britain, and was returned to the RN at Southampton on 23 Apr 1945. In 1946 HMS Meon joined the reserve fleet and remained at Harwich until 1952. She then saw active service in the Suez campaign of 1956, and with the Amphibious Warfare Squadron in the Persian Gulf, before being paid off in 1965. On 14 May 1966 HMS Meon (L369) arrived at Hughes Bolckow, Blyth for breaking up.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          Battle for Convoy BX-141


Commanding Officers

A/Cdr St. Clair Balfour, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 - 26 Mar 1945

Lt Nelson William Adams, RCNVR - 27 Mar 1945 - 23 Apr 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Allan, Donald Sutherland


Drafted to Meon on 01 Feb 1944

Baxter, Leslie






Casey, William Joy


Coleman, William F.

Cummings, William George


Served in Meon 11 Apr 1944 - 30 Mar 1945 as AB, RCNVR




Hadden, George







James, Percy Wilfred







Lundale, Robert Samuel







Perrigo, William Douglas Haig







Slutsky, Harold


Stitt, James Carl


Served in Meon as a Telegraphist and Coder





Victor, Gordon







Former Crew Members

Adams, Nelson William, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944 / 04 Jan 1945


Allan, Donald Sutherland, Lt (E), RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Anderson, Maurice Fraser, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1945


Berthelette, Sylvio P. (Bert), RCNVR

Buisson, Joseph Paul Edouard, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Ducheseau, Hubert Powell, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944


Machan, John Colin Malor, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944

Mackin, Gerald Francis, Slt (E), RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944


Ross, Andrew William, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Swan, Thomas Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Woolley, John Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Photos and Documents


HMS Meon F269

Source: World Naval Ships Forum

HMS Meon L369 Postwar

Source: IWM Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 15191

The History of HMS Meon

Source: World Naval Ships Forum

Unknown sailor by the depth charge storage racks on HMCS Meon

From the collection of William Francis Coleman

Courtesy of Bill Coleman

Slt George Hadden on HMCS Meon

From the collection of George Hadden

Courtesy of Tammi Sawyer