For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS MIDDLESEX J328

 

Courtesy of Frederic Salter and Robbie Robertson

HMCS Middlesex J328

From the photo collection of Ian Ross

Courtesy of David Ross

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 29 Sep 1942

Launched: 27 May 1943 (Poss 22 Jul 1943)

Commissioned: 08 Jun 1944

Paid off: 1945

Re-commissioned: Mar 1946

Grounded: 02 Dec 1946 - declared a total loss. Broken up en situ.

 

Middlesex was commissioned at Port Arthur on 08 Jun 1944, arrived at Halifax in mid-July and sailed for Bermuda in Aug 1944 to work up. Assigned to EG W-3 of Western Force, she joined the group in New York on 30 Aug 1944, direct from Bermuda. Middlesex was principally engaged as southern local escort to U.K.-bound convoys out of New York. She was Senior Officer's ship from mid-Nov 1944, until the force was disbanded in Jun 1945, whereupon she refitted at Halifax and was placed in maintenance reserve there. In Mar 1946, she returned to service as emergency ship at Halifax. On 02 Dec 1946, en route to assist the fishing vessel Ohio, she ran ashore on Half Island Point, near Halifax. Her crew escaped unharmed. She was declared a total loss.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Walter James Piercy, RCNR - 08 Jun 1944 - 05 Jan 1946

Lt James Butterfield, RCNR - 06 Jan 1946 - 15 Jan 1946

LCdr Breen Philip Young, MBE, RCN - 16 Jan 1946 - unk

A/Lt Harry Shorten, RCN(R) - 07 Mar 1946 - 02 Dec 1946

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Butterfield, James

1922-2009

 

 

 

 

C-D

Chesley, Harold

1907-1970

Cornell, Alan Richard John

1918-2005

 

 

 

G-H

Greville, John Edward Alan

____-2013

 

 

 

 

K-L

LeGeyt, Thomas Albert

1920-2014

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Robinson, Clayton L.N.

1919-2011

Ross, Ian Sutherland

1923-2008

 

 

 

S-T

Saunders, William James

1924-2005

Sproule, James A.

1921-2010

Tetrault, Noel William

1925-2014

 

 

Y-Z

Young, Breen Philip

1912-1956

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Appleby, William Edward, A/Wt (E), RCN - 01 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Jun 1944

 

Collins, Bruce Wheeleer, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

Grav, Arthur Owen, Slt, RCN - 29 May 1946

 

Huntington, Samuel Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) / A/Lt - 08 Jun 1944

 

Jennings, Bernard Joseph, A/Wt (E), RCN - 17 Apr 1945

Laird, Robert Peabody, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Jun 1944

 

LeLacheur, Robert Murray, Lt (El), RCNVR - 02 Feb 1945

 

Mitchie, John Richards, Slt (E), RCNVR - 02 Feb 1945

 

Moore, Charles Edward, Lt, RCNVR  - 20 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Jun 1944

 

Piercy, Walter James, Lt, RCNR - 20 Mar 1944 (Stand by) CO / 08 Jun 1944

Quinn, William John, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1945

 

Robinson, Clayton Lindsay Nelson, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945

 

Shenton, Jack Edmond, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Jun 1944

 

Smith, Carlton George, Surg/A/LCdr, RCNVR - 22 Apr 1945

 

Smith, Charlton, Lt, Medical Officer, RCNVR

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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