For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS MONNOW K441

Former HMS MONNOW K44

Then HDMS HOLGER DANSKE F338

 

Laid down: 28 Sep 1943

Launched: 4 Dec 1943

Transferred to the RCN: 08 Mar 1944

Commissioned: 08 Mar 1944

Paid off: 11 Jun 1945

Returned to the RN: 11 Jun 1945

Transferred to Denmark: 1945

Commissioned: 20 Oct 1945

Paid off: 01 Aug 1959

Fate: Broken up 1959/60

 

Laid down as HMCS Monnow, named after an English river, she was transferred newly built to the RCN at Bristol on 08 Mar 1944. Following workups at Tobermory in Apr 1944 Monnow joined EG C-2 in May and served with that group until Aug 1944, when she was re-assigned to EG 9, Londonderry. She served throughout her career in U.K. waters except for a round trip to Gibraltar in Oct 1944, and to Kola Inlet with convoys JW.62 and RA.62 in Nov and Dec 1944. On 13 May 1945, she left Greenock to pick up JW.67 for North Russia but was detached the next day to escort surrendered U-boats en route from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll (click here to see photos). She left Londonderry on 25 May 1945 for Sheerness, where on 11 Jun 1945 she was paid off and returned to the RN. In Oct 1945 she was sold to the Danish Navy and re-named Holger Danske. Holger Danske is a Danish symbol of the resistance, will, and fighting spirit when Denmark is in danger. She was used as a cadet training ship. As some of the cadets during the (German) occupation were connected to the resistance group "Holger Danske", there were additional reasons to include the freedom fighters' symbol on this ship's badge. She was broken up at Odense, Denmark in 1959. Monnow was one of two among the larger RCN warships that never saw a Canadian port.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Edgar George Skinner, DSC, RCNR - 08 Mar 1944 - 11 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Ashton, Arthur Nelles

1915-1997

Drafted to Monnow on 07 Feb 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hall, Ervin Albert

1920-1979

Served in Monnow 09 Mar 1944 - 07 Jun 1945 as E.A. 4c and E.A. 3c, RCNVR

Hodgson, Stuart Milton

1924-2015

 

 

 

Q-R

Ralley, William

1923-2016

 

 

 

 

W-X

Warnick, Charles Stanley

____-2017

Whitesell, James

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Whiteside, John Herald 

1917-2013

Drafted to Monnow on 18 Mar 1944 at Surg/Lt, RCNVR

 

 

Ship's Mascots

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Former Crew Members

Allen, Lotus Havilland, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Mar 1944

 

Brooke, Donald Joseph, Paym/Lt (Temp), RCNVR - 26 Jan 1945

 

Bovey, John Henry Gordon, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Mar 1944

 

Christie, Harold Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Dennison, Thomas Eder, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Mar 1944

 

Francis, Robert MacBain, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Mar 1944

Fortier, Thomas de Blois, A/Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Foxall, Leslie Lewendon, A/LCdr, RCNR  - 08 Mar 1944

 

Gagnon, Jacques, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Jensen, Claus Vogelius, ASDIC Operator, Royal Danish Navy, 30 Sep 1952 - 17 Jan 1953 and 08 May 1953 - 10 Oct 1953 (HDMS Holger Danske)

 

La Rue, George Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Larson, Harvey 

 

McLaughlin, William Gordon, Slt (E) (Temp), RCNVR - 25 Jun 1944

Morgan, Stephen William, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Mar 1944

 

Sanderson, Adrian Bruce, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Mar 1944

 

Skinner, Edgar George, Cdr, RCNR - 03 Feb 1944 (Stand by)

 

Somers, John Stephen, Lt (E), RCNVR - 06 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 08 Mar 1944

 

Wallace, Ronald Joseph, Lt, RCNVR - 08 Mar 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Monnow boards a U-boat - the Memory Project

Personal photo gallery of Ervin Albert Hall

Ship's company photos for HMCS Monnow

The MONNOWLOG - HMCS Monnow's weekly shipboard newspaper

 

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