For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS RED DEER J255 / 196

HMCS Red Deer J255

 

Battle honours and awards:  1942-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942, 1944

 

 

Laid down: 01 Jan 1941

Launched: 05 Oct 1941

Commissioned: 24 Nov 1941

Decommissioned: 30 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1952

Paid off: 1959

Fate: Sold for scrap and broken up in 1959

 

Commissioned at Montreal on 24 Nov 1941, Red Deer arrived at Halifax on 03 Dec 1941. She was assigned to WLEF, later serving at various times with Halifax Local Defence Force, Gulf Escort Force, and Sydney Force. On 12 Jan 1942, she rescued survivors from the British SS Cyclops, which was torpedoed 125 miles southeast of Cape Sable, the first victim of the epic U-boat campaign off the U.S. east coast. In May 1944, she began a refit at Liverpool, N.S., and was sent to Bermuda to work up late in July. In Feb 1944, she had been allocated to Newfoundland Force, and she continued a member of this force until VE-Day. She was paid off at Halifax on 30 Oct 1945, and laid up at Shelburne, later being placed in strategic reserve at Sorel. Re-acquired by the RCN in 1952, she was never re-commissioned, and was sold in Feb 1959, for breaking up at Sorel.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Arthur Moorhouse, RCNR - 24 Nov 1941 - 02 Feb 1943

Lt John Arthur  Mitchell, RCNR - 03 Feb 1943 - unk

Lt Donald Benjamin Day. Ross, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944 - 02 Jul 1945

Skpr/Lt R.A. Doucette, RCNR - 01 Oct 1945 - 30 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Angew, John Neil McKinnon

1924-2016

Bridgman, Arthur Graham

1917-2004

 

 

 

C-D

Channell, Albert Montague

1927-2008

 

 

 

 

E-F

Elley, Lorne

1923-2009

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hayes, Denis William

1925-2005

Huras, Cecil William

1923-2015

Served in Red Deer May 1943 - Aug 1945

 

 

 

I-J

Jodrey, Lester Ray

1922-1994

 

 

 

 

M-N

McCumber, Lloyd W.

1920-2007

Newman, John Edward

1926-2009

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Arthur, Paul Rodney, S/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Boulet, Joseph Ernest Frederick, Skpr, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1942

 

Bremner, Russell George, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Buchanan, Hugh Pendrie, Lt, RCNVR - 16 May 1945

 

Chandler, William Harry, Slt, RCNVR - 02 May 1945

 

Cooke, Ronald Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 18 Jun 1944

 

Fox, Gordon Kingsley, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Gould, Arthur Graham, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Mar 1944

Hall, John Gracey, Slt (E), RCNVR - 24 Feb 1944

 

Humphrey, James Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1944

 

Hunter, John L.

 

Kerr, Henry Kirby, Lt (E), RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

 

McManus, Frederick Andrew, Lt (E), RCNVR - 22 Mar 1944

 

McNeillie, George Gardner, Slt, RCNVR - 11 Jul 1943

Noseworthy, Harry, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945

 

ODell, Carroll Alexander, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942

 

Redford, Douglas Bernard, Cd (E), RCNR - Jan 1942

 

Sowerby, John Cornelius, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1943

 

Storey, John Edmond, Lt (E), RCNVR - 23 May 1943

 

Thomas, Jack Arthur, Slt (E), RCNVR - 26 Jun 1943

 

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