For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PRINCE HENRY F70

Former Canadian National S.S. PRINCE HENRY

Former Clarke Steamship S.S. NORTH STAR

Then Ministry of Wartime Transport Vessel EMPIRE PARKESTON (1946)

HMCS Prince Henry

 

Laid down: 1929

Launched: 1930

Acquired by RCN: 11 Mar 1940

Commissioned: 4 Dec 1940

Paid off: 15 Apr 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1962

 

Originally a Canadian nation liner but latterly Clarke Steamship's North Star, she was bought on 11 Mar 1940, and given back her maiden name. Like her two sisters, Prince Henry was converted to an armed merchant cruiser, commissioning at Montreal on 04 Dec 1940. She arrived at Bermuda on 15 Jan 1941, to work up, afterward transiting the Panama Canal to take up patrol off Callao, Peru. On 01 Apr 1941 she intercepted the German freighters Munchen and Hermonthis, which scuttled themselves. In May she arrived at Esquimalt and engaged in patrols off the west coast until 24 Aug 1941 when she left for Halifax via Bermuda. In Jan 1942, after brief employment at St. John's as depot ship for Newfoundland Escort Force, she was assigned to patrol duties in the West Indies but was soon again ordered to Esquimalt. Arriving 07 May 1942, she served with Esquimalt Force until Mar 1943, except for the months of Sep and Oct 1942, when she served under USN control in the Aleutians. On 06 Mar 1943, she commenced rebuilding into an infantry landing ship, was re-commissioned on 06 Jan 1944, and left immediately for the U.K. She was present on D-Day as a member of Combined Operations Command and, like Prince David, next took part in the invasion of southern France. She remained in the Mediterranean until Mar 1945, then proceeded to London to refit in East India Dock. During the refit, on 15 Apr 1945, she was paid off, and used afterward by the RN as an accommodation ship first at Portsmouth and later at Falmouth. Sold to the Ministry of Wartime Transport in 1946, she was renamed Empire Parkeston and employed as a troopship between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. She was broken up in 1962 at La Spezia, Italy.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt. Ronald Ian Agnew, OBE, RCN - 04 Dec 1940 - 19 Dec 1941

Capt. John Crispo Inglis Edwards, RCN - 20 Dec 1941 - 31 Dec 1942

Capt. Frank Llewellyn Houghton, RCN - 01 Jan 1943 - 18 Mar 1943

LCdr. Edward William Finch-Noyes, RCN - 19 Mar 1943 - 22 Mar 1943

LCdr. Thomas Kenneth Young, RCNR - 23 Mar 1943 - 23 May 1943

Cdr Thomas Douglas Kelly, RCNR - 24 May 1943 - 29 Nov 1943

Cdr. K.F. Adams, RCN - 30 Nov 1943 - 11 Dec 1943

Capt. Valentine Stuart Godfrey, RCN - 12 Dec 1943 - 15 Apr 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

DEMERS, Roger

OS, V/43549 RCNVR

died - 19 Jan 1944

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aldred, Frank Edward

_____-2010

Backosti, John, Stoker

1913-2001

Blondin, Ralph Ernest

1920-2013

Bonnar, James Stuart

1922-2013

Bracken, John Bruce

1911-2001

Brady, Edward Patrick Redmond

1916-____

Served in Prince Henry 04 Dec 1943 - 06 Apr 1945 as an A/LS / LS, RCNVR

Bruce, John Edward

1924-2011

Brychka, John

1925-2010

 

 

C-D

Carriere, Arthur Joseph

1925-2010

Curry, Walter

1918-2017

Listed in 1943 ship's company photo

Dagert, Lorne Elmer

1925-2016

Served in Prince Henry during the Normandy landings.

Davie, John Chapman

1920-2008

Déry, Stanislas

1912-2001

Dillon, Charles J.

1912-2002

Listed in 1943 ship's company photo as Pay LCdr

Duff, Stewart James

1922-2009

Listed in 1943 ship's company photo

Dunphy, Bernard A.

____-1983

Listed in 1943 ship's company photo 

 

 

E-F

Finch-Noyes, Edward William

1909-1982

Drafted to Prince Henry 08 May 1942 as Lt, RCN

4th Commanding Officer

Firkins, Whitney

____-1989

 

 

 

G-H

Gladson, Leonard

1914-2003

Guthrie, Kenneth L.

____-2008

Hansen, Trevor

1920-1997

Hendery, Gordon Wilson

1921-2017

Drafted to Prince Henry 21 Feb 1944 at Lt, RCNVR

Houghton, Frank Llewellyn

1897-1981

3rd Commanding Officer

Husoy, Peder

1920-2014

 

 

 

 

I-J

James, Percy Wilfred

1920-2011

Johnston, William David Falconer

____-1992

Served in Prince Henry as Lt, RCNR

Jones, William Hughie

1923-2012

Jordan, Sherman C.

1913-2002

Served in Prince Henry Oct 1940 - Apr 1943. Commissioning crew

 

M-N

McEwan, James

1923-2008

Melville, Harold Lloyd

____-____

Mitchelson, Richard Harry

1914-1998

Morrow, Robert G.

1925-2017

Motts, Victor, RCNR

____-2000

Nation, George Hugh

1919-2017

Neil, Percy Thomas

MPK HMCS Ottawa 13 Sep 1942

Nordlund, Hough Arnold

1922-2016

 

 

Q-R

Rhymes, Frank Phillip

1915 - ____

Rusnell, Lloyd Armistice

1922-1967

 

 

 

S-T

Sheehan, Michael J.

1915-____

 

 

 

 

W-X

Welsh, William

1921-2007

Wurtele, Alfred Charles

1897-2000

Served in Prince Henry in 1940 as A/Cdr, RCN

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

SP43 = Ship's Company Photo March 1943

Adams, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Adamson, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Alexander, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Armitage, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Arsenault, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Askin, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Atchison, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Atkinson, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Baker, A.A., Slt (E) - 1943 (SP43)


Baker, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Baker, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Bandas, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Barnes, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Barnett, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Barnhardt, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Beiko, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Belfrey, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Bell, L. - 1943 (SP43)


Bennard, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Bennett, L. - 1943 (SP43)


Bennish, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Bible, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Bisonnette, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Blaney, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Booth, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Brinkman, C.T., Lt (E) - 1943 (SP43)

 

Brissenden, Slt (E), RCNVR - 09 Jun 1941

 

Brown, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Brown, H. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Brown, Norman, Pte

 

Butler, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Butt, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Button, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Byrne, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Byron, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Cameron, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Cameron, K. - 1943 (SP43)


Campbell, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Campfield, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Carrol, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Cashmore, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Ceminchuk, M. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Chambers, Allan Langmuir, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 14 Jul 1941

 

Chapman, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Cherwichan, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Chilton, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Clarke, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Coleman, Albert Robert Ernest, LCdr, RCN - 25 May 1940

 

Collyer, James Heath, A/Lt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

 

Comis, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Conrad, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Cook, B.C., Lt - 1943 (SP43)


Corlett, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Coulson, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Coutts, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Cover, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Cox, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Cox, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Crighton, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Crompton, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Crouch, E. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Crowe, Glen, Staff Sgt.

 

Cull, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Cummings, T. - 1943 (SP43)


Dabbs, G. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Dampsy, J.V., Pay Slt - 1943 (SP43)


Darragh, S. - 1943 (SP43)


Davis, J. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Denton, Ronald Lyman, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jul 1942

 

Deville, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Dicenzo, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Dick, J. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Dillon, Charles Joseph, Paym/LCdr, RCNVR - 12 May 1942

 

Dixon, D.H., Surg-Lt - 1943 (SP43)


Donovan, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Dooley, M. - 1943 (SP43)


Dortman, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Douglas, J. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Dowber, Bob, LS

 

Dransfield, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Dunbar, H. - 1943 (SP3)


Dunn, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Dyer, H. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Earnshaw, Eric Phillip, Slt, RCN - 01 Jun 1942 (SP43)

 

Edgar, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Edge, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Edwards, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Edwards, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Elliott, L. - 1943 (SP43)


Ellis, D. - 1943 (SP43)


English, B. - 1943 (SP43)


Evans, S. - 1943 (SP43)


Fashowy, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Findlay, G. - 1943 (SP43)


Flees, M. - 1943 (SP43)


Fleming, C. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Flynn, James Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

 

Ford, M. - 1943 (SP43)


Forkas, O. - 1943 (SP43)


Fox, O. - 1943 (SP43)


Fryer, L. - 1943 (SP43)


Furrness, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Gallagher, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Galland, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Gendle, R. - 1943 (SP43)


George, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Giblin, P. - 1943 (SP43)


Giddens, W. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Gilmer, George Robert Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Jul 1942 (SP43)

 

Girard, A. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Girvan, A. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Gladwell, Roy Leonard, A/Lt (E), RCNVR - 19 Jul 1944

Godfrey, Frederick Hodgson, Chap Cl III, RCN

 

Godfrey, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Gommer, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Gordon, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Gracey, M. - 1943 (SP43)


Graff, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Granger, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Green, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Grosz, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Guthrie, K. - 1943 (SP43)


Guthrie, M. - 1943 (SP43)


Hacquoil, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Hall, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Hamilton, T. - 1943 (SP43)


Hamm, F.P., Lt - 1943 (SP43)


Hannan, N. - 1943 (SP43)


Harding, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Harvey, A., Mate - 1943 (SP43)


Harvey, G. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Hawkins, Doug - Dec 1940

 

Hazelhurst, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Hedstrom, A. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Hendry, John, AB

 

Herbranson, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Hermann, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Hetherington, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Hill, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Hodson, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Hollingsworth, T. - 1943 (SP43)


Holmes, D.E., A/Pay LCdr - 1943 (SP43)


Hood, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Horgan, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Hoyte, G. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Hubley, Allen Murray, Slt (E), RCNVR - 09 Jun 1941

 

Hukkanen, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Hulford, S. - 1943 (SP43)


Humble, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Hunger, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Huntingford, S. - 1943 (SP43)


Huppe, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Hyslop, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Inglis, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Jackson, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Jenkins, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Jewell, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Jones, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Joyce, G. - 1943 (SP43)


Kaminski, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Keeler, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Kelly, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Kent, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Kimpton, J. - 1943 (SP43)


King, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Koch, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Kolt, M. - 1943 (SP43)


La Plante, J. - 1943 (SP43)

 

LaFlamme, Paul, LS

 

Larson, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Lastic, P. - 1943 (SP43)


Laurie, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Lauzon, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Lawerence, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Lawerence, P. - 1943 (SP43)


Lawerence, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Leckie, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Leduc, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Leggett, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Leisk, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Lesage, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Lindsay, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Little, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Liznic - 1943 (SP43)


Lovrie, P. - 1943 (SP43)


Low, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Luduc, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Luke, A.B., Pay Lt - 1943 (SP43)


Lyons, R.B., Slt - 1943 (SP43)


MacIntosh, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Mack, R. - 1943 (SP43)


MacKay, M. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Maheu, Joseph Mobry, A/Lt (E), RCNR - 29 Mar 1940 (SP43), as LCdr (E)

 

Mark, J.C., Lt (S.B.) - 1943 (SP43)


Marlow, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Marquis, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Marshall, H., Slt (E) - 1943 (SP43)

 

Martinuk, Nick- 1943 (SP43)

 

Mathers, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Matheson, Francis Peter, Paym/Slt, RCNVR - 20 May 1941

 

Maunder, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Maybee, D. - 1943 (SP43) - 1943 (SP43)


Mayhew, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

McAllister, John, Pte

 

McBride, N. - 1943 (SP43)

 

McDougall, H. - 1943 (SP43)

 

McDougall, Hector Alexander, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1944

 

McGillivray, Donald Lachlan, Slt (E), RCNVR - 09 Jun 1941

 

McEachern, J. - 1943 (SP43)


McGowan, J. - 1943 (SP43)


McIntyre, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

McIver, W., AB

 

McKay, J. - 1943 (SP43)


McKie, G. - 1943 (SP43)


McKie, I. - 1943 (SP43)


McLean, J. - 1943 (SP43)


McLean, W. - 1943 (SP43


McLellan, R. - 1943 (SP43)


McWatters, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Meyers, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Mickall, S. - 1943 (SP43)


Milino, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Millar, L.P., Slt - 1943 (SP43)

Milligan, L. - 1943 (SP43)


Mitchell, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Mitchell, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Moher, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Moore, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Moore, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Moore, S. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Mosey, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Muldoon, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Murphy, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Neale, C. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Nedit, William Davidson, Lt (El), RCNVR

 

Nelson, G. - 1943 (SP43)


Newsome, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Nicholls, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Nicol, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Nicoll, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Nunn, W.R., Lt - 1943 (SP43)

 

O'Connor, Herb, Sto

 

Ocland, L. - 1943 (SP43)


Odlum, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Ogston, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Opitz, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Page, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Paul,, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Pederson, I - 1943 (SP43)


Peerless, E. - 1943 (SP43)


Peterson, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Piffer, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Pitt, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Polkey, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Potttruff, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Prentice, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Pretty, J.M., Lt - 1943 (SP43)


Price - 1943 (SP43)


Proudfoot, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Raible, F. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Rankin, Bruce Irving, Paym/Slt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1941

 

Redhead, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Ridge, Derrick, Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 May 1942 (SP43)

 

Rinn, K. - 1943 (SP43)


Robb, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Roberts, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Robinson, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Robitaille, Jean Paul, Slt, RCNVR - 08 May 1942 (SP43)

 

Robson, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Romphs, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Ross, John Wardrop, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1942

 

Rowlands, G. - 1943 (SP43)


Rusnak, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Ryan, T. - 1943 (SP43)


Sandalack, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Schulz, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Secord, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Sharpe, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Sharpe, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Sheridan, R. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Sherwood, Edward Torrance, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1944

 

Simms, F. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Simpson, W. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Simpson, William Tyrie, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 18 Mar 1944

 

Skubiski, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Slessor, N. - 1943 (SP43)


Smith, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Smith, C. - 1943 (SP43)


Smith, G. - 1943 (SP43)


Smith, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Sommerville, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Sparling, J.W., Lt - 1943 (SP43)


Spicer, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Spohr, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Stabell, B. - 1943 (SP43)


Stapley, R.G., Slt - 1943 (SP43)


Stetski, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Stevens, N. - 1943 (SP43)


Stevens, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Strickland, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Stuart, H. - 1943 (SP43)


Sudds, N. - 1943 (SP43)


Sutherland, J. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Tanner, Bob, Pte

 

Tarves, T. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Tate, Bertram Mitford, Lt, RCNVR - 26 May 1941

 

Taylor, G. - 1943 (SP43)


Templeton, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Thomas, D. - 1943 (SP43)


Thomas. L. - 1943 (SP43)


Thompson, I. - 1943 (SP43)


Trimmer, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Tunna, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Tyson, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Urqhart, G. - 1943 (SP43)


Varin, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Walker, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Walsh, P. - 1943 (SP43)


Warde, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Wardrop, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Watson, S. - 1943 (SP43)


Watt, W. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Webber, Reginald Amand, Lt, RCN - 01 Mar 1944

 

Wedgwood, J.A., Slt (E) - 1943 (SP43)

 

Westwood, E., AB

 

White, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Whitehead, A. - 1943 (SP43)


Whitely, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Whitfield, W. - 1943 (SP43)


Wilding, J. - 1943 (SP43)


Wilkinson, R. - 1943 (SP43)


Williams, T. - 1943 (SP43)


Winthers, P. - 1943 (SP43)

 

Wolever, Frank Day, Slt (E), RCNVR - 18 Apr 1944

 

Wright, F. - 1943 (SP43)


Young, T.K. - 1943 (SP43)


Zawitowski, P. - 1943 (SP43)


Zielke, H. - 1943 (SP43)

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Burlington WWII vet awarded Legion of Honour medal by France

Normandy - Juno Beach

Personal photo gallery of Bernard Dunphy

Personal photo gallery of Frank Philip Rhymes

Personal photo gallery of Robert G. Morrow

Personal photo gallery of Stanislas Déry

Prince Robert Class - Airmuseum.ca

Ship's company photos for HMCS Prince Henry

The Three Princes - The Legion Magazine

The voyages of HMCS Prince Henry from the period 07 Jan 1944 till 29 Mar 1945

 

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