River Class Frigate




RCN Photo # S-423-R

Courtesy of the Comox RCAF Museum

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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

Paid off: 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




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)


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


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

British aviator, whose body was pick-up from the Bay of Biscay, being given a burial at sea from HMCS MEON - 19 Aug 1944


From the collection of William G. Cummings


Courtesy of Robert Cummings

Ship's Mascot - HMCS MEON


From the collection of Mansford Legge, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Brian Legge

Captain's Request men at sea on HMCS MEON - L-R: Lt Casey, Lt Nixon, Pay-Lt, Submarine Detector Nicolette, Lt Maybe, Lt Machan, CO St.Clair Balfour, Coxn J. Campbell, Writer Munroe


From the collection of Mansford Legge, AB, RCNVR


Courtesy of Brian Legge







(WC10) William Cummings by the forward gun on HMCS MEON

(WC11) William Cummings on HMCS MEON

(WC12) HMCS MEON making smoke and dropping depth charge

(WC13) William Cummings, looking aft, sitting just forward of the after gun mount on HMCS MEON




(WC15) William Cummings on HMCS MEON

(WC16) William Cummings, on duty as Quartermaster, standing behind the Hedgehog launcher on HMCS MEON

From the collection of AB William Cummings, RCNVR

Courtesy of Rob Cummings



Post Second World War



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