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HMCS Restigouche H00

HMS Comet

Follow the light


Laid down: 13 Sep 1930

Launched: 30 Sep 1931

Commissioned: 02 Jun 1932

Transferred to RCN: 15 Jun 1938

Commissioned: 15 Jun 1938

Paid off: 05 Oct 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1946


Built by the Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, UK, she was commissioned on 02 Jun 1932 as HMS Comet. She was purchased at the same time as Ottawa and commissioned as Restigouche at Chatham, U.K., on 15 Jun 1938. Like her sister, she arrived at Esquimalt 07 Nov 1938, and left for Halifax 15 Nov 1939. She performed local escort duties from that port until 24 May 1940, when she left for Plymouth, Upon arriving there on 31 May 1940 Restigouche was assigned to Western Approaches Command. On 11 Jun 1940, Restigouche took part in the evacuation of St. Valery and came under shore fire. While assisting in the evacuation of the French ports she rescued survivors of Fraser. She left Liverpool at the end of August for a brief refit at Halifax, returning to the U.K. in Jan 1941. In Jun 1941, "Rustyguts" was allocated to Newfoundland Command, and in Apr 1943, became a member of EG C-4, in the interval toiling ceaselessly as a mid-ocean escort. On 13 Dec 1941, she suffered storm damage en route to join convoy ON.44, and extensive repairs were carried out at Greenock. From 12 Aug 1943 to 17 Dec 1943, she underwent refit at Jarrow-on-Tyne, England. She was allocated to EG 12 in May 1944, for invasion duties, including D-Day, and afterward carried out Channel and Biscay patrols from her base at Plymouth. HMCS Restigouche participated in operation "Dredger" against German escort vessels at the U-boat meeting points off Brest and southward. During the night of 5/6 Jul the 12th EG, comprising of Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Skeena and Restigouche, attacked 3 patrol boats off Brest: V715 was sunk but not before hitting Qu'Appelle and Saskatchewan many times with small calibre gunfire. She returned to Canada in Sep 1944, for a major refit at Saint John, N.B. and Halifax, and upon completion proceeded to Bermuda for working up. Returning to Halifax on 14 Feb 1945, she performed various local duties, and after VE-Day was employed for three months bringing home military personnel from Newfoundland. Paid off on 05 Oct 1945, she was sold for scrap in 1945 to Foundation Maritime and was broken up in Halifax the next year.


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

Cdr William Boyd Love Holms, RCN - 15 Jun 1938 - 25 Dec 1939

Cdr Horatio Nelson Lay, RCN - 26 Dec 1939 - 23 Jun 1941

Lt David Walter Groos, RCN - 24 Jun 1941 - 29 Jun 1941

LCdr Desmond (Debbie) William Piers, RCN - 30 Jun 1941 - 05 Jun 1943

A/LCdr David Walter Groos, RCN - 06 Jun 1943 - 03 Dec 1944

LCdr Philip Edward Haddon, RCN - 04 Dec 1944 - 15 Apr 1945

LCdr Ronald James Herman, OBE, RCNR - 16 Apr 1945 - 06 Oct 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

BURNFIELD, George William

AB, 3315, RCN

died - 25 Jun 1940

Drowned taking part in HMCS Fraser crew rescue


PO Supply, V6457, RCNVR

died - 01 Oct 1944 

JEWETT, George Sidney

CPO, 2227, RCN

MPK - 04 Oct 1944 

SORENSEN, Svend Solberg

O.A. 4c, V12678, RCNVR

MPK - 28 Nov 1942

Lost at sea - washed overboard


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Acton, Raymond Alexander


Baker, Terrance


Barrick, Geoffrey


Drafted to Restigouche 20 Apr 1943 as a Gunner, RCN

Beck, Moyle K.

Benjamin, Carman Luther


Bianco, Anthony Dominic


Bojarksi, Frank Joseph


Bonnar, James Stuart


Bryant (Broski), Peter


Bullock, Harold Lorne

Burton, Raymond


Served in Restigouche 04 Sep 1945 - 05 Oct 1945 as an AB

Butler, Cedric Edward


Buzza, Percival Charles





Charles, John Alexander


Chilcott, Frederick Newton


Served in Restigouche 1942 - 1944

Christison, David R.

Cole, Leslie

Cook, David Harold


Cosh, Digby Rex Bell

Cownden, Walter C.

Critchley, Ronald William


Crossley, Sidney Ross


Curliss, George O.


Derbyshire, William Stephen


Devine, Charles D.

Doyle, Peter Maurice


Dunbar, Hugh C.




Elford, Clyde Henry


Feesey, Arthur Henry


Fiddes, Guy Irving


Forster, Dennis Thompson


Drafted to Restigouche 18 May 1941 as Lt (E), RCN

Froats, Donald MacRae

MPK - 13 Sep 1942

while serving in

HMCS Ottawa H60


Gray, William Henderson


Greco, Vincent C.

Hacker, John W.

Harvey, William James

Heathorn, Arthur John

Served in Restigouche in 1940

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien


Heron, William Carlton


Served in Restigouche in 1940 as S.B.A.

Hibbard, James Calcutt


Drafted to Restigouche 16 Jun 1938 at Lt, RCN

Higgs, Herbert G.


Holms, William Boyd Love


1st Commanding Officer

Hughes, Donald Clarence







Jervis, William David







Latter, Edward Joseph Paul



Laurie, Douglas T.


Lawrence, James


Served in Restigouche Nov 1940 - May 1941

Lay, Horatio Nelson



MacDonald, John S.

MacDougall, James B.E.


MacGillivray, John


Served in Restigouche in 1940 as Engineering Officer

Machattie, Frederick G.F.


Drafted to Restigouche on 23 May 1940 as Surg/Lt, RCNVR

Macklin, Franklin George

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

while serving in

HMCS Fraser H48

Malott, Earl


Martin, William Patrick


Matthews, Charles James


Matthews, Thomas H.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

May, George Edward

Stoker PO, RCNR

MPK - 14 Oct 1942

while taking passing aboard

S.S. Caribou

Miles, George W.V.

Moore, Harold B.

Moriarty, John J.

Myatt, Orent


Drafted to Restigouche 02 Dec 1942 as a CPO



Paige, Leslie Arthur Coope


Served in Restigouche 1940-1941 as PO Gunner

Piers, Desmond William


Powell, Robert Montagu


Drafted to Restigouche 27 Jan 1944 as LCdr, RCNVR




Ralph, George

MPK - 07 May 1944

while serving in

HMCS Valleyfield

RayBould, Henry


Served in Restigouche in 1940

Reeves, Cecil Edward


04 Nov 1940 - 25 Sep 1941 as an AB, RCNVR

Richardson, Charles Edward


Ringer, Douglas R.

Robertson, Theodore M.


Ruttan, John G.






Sandberg, John Halvard


Senior, James Albert


Shaver, Delbert Frederick


Served in Restigouche 16 Feb 1944- 30 Sep 1944

Shillington, Alexander Merrill


Smedley, Charles Stanley


Smith, Eldred Morton


Somers, Murray Francis


Spicer, Wylie Carlyle


St. Pierre, Frank


Stone, George Alfred


Swanson, Harry







Vondette, Henry William


Served in Restigouche as Yeoman of Signals, RCN






Waterhouse, Joseph Alban


Watson, Horace William

Served in Restigouche 30 Dec 1939 - 07 Jul 1941 as an AB / A/LS, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Webb, Frederick Arthur H.


Wigmore, Robert Arthur




Former Crew Members

Agnew, Sam - Dec 1940


Allen, L.J. 


Askin, Alfred - Dec 1940


Blair, D. 


Bullen, George, Lt/Paym, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944


Brown, George Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 24 May 1940


Burns, Charles P. Cox'n - Dec 1940


Cameron, John David, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1942


Candy, Arthur - 1940


Chapman, George William, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jul 1941


Coates, John Anthony, Slt, RCN - 10 Mar 1945


Currie, John, Sto - Dec 1940


Dalphere ?? Daliphere??, L.A. - Dec 1940


Dicks, W. 


Dodds, Basil Hugh, Lt (E), RN - 31 May 1938 (Stand by) / 15 Jun 1938


Dunne, John Hugh, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Mar 1944


Edwards, James Charles Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1943


Farish, Henry Greggs, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1943


Fearman, Frederick William, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1945


Ford, Jazzy, AB - Dec 1940


Forster, Dennis Thompson, Lt (E), RCN - 18 May 1941


Fraser, Stuart Burbeck, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944


Gann, John Herbert Bevington, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1943


Griffin, Frederick Elswood, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1943


Harrison, Robert, Slt, RCNR - 03 Apr 1942


Harrison, W. 


Hood, G., LS - Dec 1940

Howard, E. 


Inman, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 23 May 1945


Jamieson, Ken, LS - Dec 1940


Kelly, A. 


Kilpatrick, John Ross McLennan, Midshipman, O-38990, RCNVR - Aug 1943 for training. Appointed SLt, RCNVR 15 Feb 1944 (Navy List Nov 1944). Appointed Lt, RCNVR 15 Feb 1945 (Navy List Mar 1945)


King, Albert George, LCdr, RCNR - 04 Apr 1940


Livingston, R. 


Lowe, L. 


MacInnis, H. 


MacKinnon, AM 


MacLean, John Harris, Lt, NavO, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944 


MacGillivray, John, Lt (E), RCN - Jan 1940


Mann, James, VA, V25625 - Dec 1940


Marcil, Georges, Lt, O-46370, RCNVR - 27 Nov 1944 


McCowan, Jack, ABST, 3161 - Dec 1940


McCully, William (Wild Bill) Selkirk Taylor, Slt, RCN - 14 May 1940


McKay, F. 


McPhee, Maurice James, Lt (S), RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945


McPherson, Joe, AB - Dec 1940


McLaughlin, Thomas Crane, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944


Middleton, Robert Earl, RCN


Morley, E.A., Sto - Dec 1940


Mulhern, A.J., QM - Dec 1940 (home town - Red Deer, Alta)


Noseworthy, James, L/Sto 2c  (served in HMCS Restigouche from 02 Jun 1943 - 31 Mar 1944 and from 15 Oct 1944 - 14 Dec 1944)

O'Leary, C. 


Oliver, Maurice Faulkner, Mate, RCNR - Jan 1941


Parkin, William (Bill), RCNVR


Paul, Joseph Morrison, A/Gnr, RCN - 28 May 1942


Perry, C. 


Potter, William Francis, Lt, O-59830, Torpedo Officer, RCNVR - 04 Dec 1944 


Powell, Robert Montague, LCdr, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1944


Rigby, E.A. 


Robb, Murray, PO.ER


Roe, James Browning, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1943


Rogers, John Peter, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1943


Ross, S.N. 


Savard, Clament, Lt, RCN - 27 Jan 1945


Shields, Hugh, PO Cook 


Skinner, PO


Soupey, Gord - Dec 1940


Southam, Gordon Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Apr 1942


Stewart, Frank - Dec 1940


Thomas, Jack Arthur, Slt (E), RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944


Thompson, Theo Walter, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1940


Toller, Frederick Hughes, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1943


Treen, R., LS - Dec 1940


Westgate, Arthur Murray, Slt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943


White, Melvin F., AB, RCNR - Dec 1939


Willmott, Chuck B., CPO, CBM - Dec 1940


Photos and Documents


HMCS Restigouche H00 with HMCS Ottawa H60 ahead, in the lower chamber, Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, 18 Apr 1938

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum  Photo # 2002.31.8

HMCS Restigouche H00 circa 1940

Source: Flickr collection of Ron Bell

Unidentified naval ratings painting the destroyer H.M.C.S. RESTIGOUCHE, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 1940

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-104265


Note: The sailor on the left has been identified as Cecil E. Reeves.

HMCS Restigouche H00, date unknown

Courtesy of John Hawley

HMCS Restigouche H00 at Plymouth, 1940

Source: Flickr collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Restigouche H00 at Malta

Source: Flickr collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Restigouche, Hamilton, Bermuda

From the World War II collection of James Edward Lowe, RCN

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe


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(1)Petty Officer Cook Hugh Shields, HMCS Restigouche H00  (2) Three crewmembers from HMCS Restigouche H00. Centre - Ordnance Artificer Svend Solberg Sorensen - lost at sea 28 Nov 1942  (3) A few crew on the stern of HMCS Restigouche H00  (4) Unknown aircraft carrier seen from HMCS Restigouche H00  (5) Unknown vessel with landing craft on deck as seen from HMCS Restigouche H00  (6) HMCS Restigouche H00  (7) Corvettes alongside - date and place unknown.  HMS Polyanthus K47 is 2nd from left  (8) Torpedoes away


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(9) Unknown sailor on what is believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00  (10) Unknown sailor on what is believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00  (11) Landing Party from an unknown ship, possibly HMCS Restigouche H00  (12) Officers on what is believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00  (13) Unknown sailors - date and place unknown  (14) 


From the collection of Eldred Smith

Courtesy of Paul Smith

Maritime Crew Members of HMCS Restigouche H00


Front Row (L-R) - S.N. Ross, L.J. Allen, E.A. Rigby, PO Hugh Shields, O. Myatt, W. Harrison, A. Kelly

Second Row (L-R) - R. Christianson, W. Martin, A.M. MacKinnon, C. Perry, F. McKay, L. Lowe, E. Howard, W. Dicks

Back Row (L-R) - C. O`Leary, R. Livingston, Eldred Morton Smith, D. Reinger, D. Blair, H. MacInnis


From the collection of Eldred Smith

Courtesy of Paul Smith

Don on watch on HMCS Restigouche - 1943

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Don on HMCS Restigouche - 1942

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

HMCS Restigouche H00

From the collection of Eric Baird

Courtesy of Roger Clarke

HMCS Restigouche H00 - 11 Aug 1940

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Photo Catalogue #VR1994.38.15

HMCS Restigouche H00, Halifax, 1941

Photo taken from HMCS Baddeck

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford




On the Farm


(1-2) Bill Parkin


(3) Sailors off HMCS Restigouche H00. Note: Second sailor from the right has been identified as Herbert G. Higgs, AB, RCNVR


The 'On the Farm' photos were taken in Hexham, England - the ship was in for repairs and some of the crew spent time working on local farms.


From the collection of William (Bill) Parkin

Courtesy of John Parkin


Click here to view a newspaper article on sailors from HMCS Restigouche H00 helping out on local farms


Herbert Higgs 3rd from left in newspaper article photo

From the collection of Herbert Higgs

Courtesy of Bob Higgs.


Submitted by Bob Higgs - My father, Herbert Higgs, told me that he volunteered to help with the harvest when his ship was in for repairs. They worked alongside Italian P.O.W.s. One of my father's friends was Tony (Antonio Bianco) White. The Canadians were told not to fraternize with the P.O.W.s, but being young men the would leave them packs of cigarettes and Tony would tell my father things to tell the Italians. Once they were reminded not to talk with the Italians, and somebody said he was trying to get information off them.



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(1) Single Oerlikon on HMCS Restigouche H00  (2) Looking after on HMCS Restigouche H00 from the crow's nest  (3) Easter Sunday Church service on HMCS Restigouche H00  (4) Ray and Stan on HMCS Restigouche H00  (5) Gun crew on HMCS Restigouche H00 circa 1943  (6) William (Bill) Parkin on HMCS Restigouche H00 circa 1943


From the collection of William Parkin

Courtesy of John Parkin


HMCS Restigouche H00

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Restigouche H00

From the collection of William Holland McNally

Courtesy of Greg McNally


HMCS Restigouche postcard from Harry Swanson to his parents


From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger


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HMCS Restigouche - Sydney, NS circa Sep-Oct 1945

(1) Ray Burton & Pete Flykow  (2) Pete Flykow & Clem Placeido  (3) Clem Placeido  (4) Clem Placeido  (5) Pete Susiak


These photos are from the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

They are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner



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HMCS Restigouche - Crew at park in Sydney, NS

(1) Raymond Burton and Pete Susiak  (2) Raymond Burton  (3) Pete Susiak and JP  (4) Pete Susiak  (5) JP  (6) JP and Raymond Burton


Webmaster's note:  It is not known if these photos were taken while Raymond Burton was serving in HMCS Merrittonia or HMCS Restigouche.  They have been added to the galleries of both ships.


These photos are from the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

They are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner



HMCS Restigouche H00 at Sydney, NS - looking down from the mast - Forward & Aft - circa Sep-Oct 1945

These photos are from the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

They are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner


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(1) Lt Georges Marcil, RCNVR. Lt Marcil was drafted to Restigouche on 27 Nov 1944  (2) Lt John Harris MacLean, NavO, RCNVR. Lt MacLean was drafted to Restigouche on 11 Feb 1944  (3) Lt William Francis Potter, Lt, Torpedo Officer, RCNVR. Lt Potter was drafted to Restigouche on 04 Dec 1944  (4) Unknown sailor on HMCS Restigouche  (5) Ringer, Skinner and Robinson on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Restigouche  (6) Petty Officers Skinner and Robb on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Restigouche  (7) Badge, name tally plate and kisby ring of HMCS Restigouche  (8) Starboard side of the quarterdeck on HMCS Restigouche


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(9) Rigby, Coxswain on HMCS Restigouche  (10) Melrose and Seager on HMCS Restigouche  (11) Melrose and Seager (with hat) on HMCS Restigouche (12) Stokers Melrose, unknown and Seager on HMCS Restigouche  (13) Looking forward, port side, from after gun deck of HMCS Restigouche  (14) Isbister as Quartermaster on HMCS Restigouche  (15) PO Murray Robb on HMCS Restigouche  (16) L-R: PO Murray Robb, Ron Critchley and unknown sailor on HMCS Restigouche


Note: for photos 10, 11 and 12 with Stokers Melrose and Seager, it is possible that the names might be reversed


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(17) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS Restigouche. Ron Critchley, standing 1st on left  (18) Off Watch relaxing on the upper deck on HMCS Restigouche  (19) Ron Critchley sitting on gun barrel on HMCS Restigouche  (20) PO.ER Murray Robb by secondary gun on bridge wing of HMCS Restigouche (21) Sailors between the depth charge rails on HMCS Restigouche: Back: Edmonds, Bremner, Soper, Teeple; Middle: Bowes, Robinson; Front: Wilson (cook)  (22) Sailors between the depth charge rails on HMCS Restigouche - Back: Soper, Teeple;  Middle: Edmonds, Bremner, Bowes, Robinson; Front: Wilson (cook)  (23) Sailors between the depth charge rails on HMCS Restigouche - Back: L-R: Edmonds, Bremner, Robinson, Bowes, Soper, Robb; Front: Ron Critchley (laying down) other two unknown  (24) Cooks Lovelace, Wilson and Morris on HMCS Restigouche


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(25 - 30) V.E.-Day in Halifax on HMCS Restigouche


(27) Back: Ringer, Hart, Davies, Broski, Metcalf, Baker; Front: MacKinnon, Kimberley. Note: MacKinnon is front left, not known which of the other two is Kimberley on HMCS Restigouche (29) Broski, Shaver, Moose on HMCS Restigouche  (30) Chief Cook Saunders, Teeple and Ron Critchley on HMCS Restigouche  (31) U-boat survivor on HMCS Restigouche  (32) Unknown destroyer in Drydock at HMS Malabar, Bermuda. Believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00


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(33) HMCS Restigouche H00  (34 & 35) HMCS Restigouche H00 in dry dock, Liverpool


From the collection of Ron Critchley

Courtesy of Diane Brown



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(1-6) Christmas 1942, Belfast, Ireland

(1) LCdr Desmond Piers, CO (right)  (2) ship's cooks with Christmas dinner  (3) event on the quarter deck - possibly tot time.  (5) LCdr Desmond Piers, CO (centre)


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(7-13) March 1943 - convoy from Liverpool to Algiers

(7) Sailors exercising on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Restigouche H00  (8 & 9) Convoy seen from HMCS Restigouche.  (10-12) Algiers "We were the first Canadian destroyer to enter the Mediterranean. Algiers was a very nice looking place from the harbour, but rather dirty when ashore"  (13) Cruiser HMS Dido tied up at Algiers while we (HMCS Restigouche) were there.


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(14-17) HMCS Restigoiuche H00 picking up survivors from merchantman that had been sunk the North Atlantic in May of 1943. These survivors had been in lifeboats for 4 days. They were Chinese and Dutch sailors.  (18-20) Farm that farm that some of the crew from HMCS Restigouche H00 worked on for a couple of months while waiting for the ship. Farm was at Cranleigh, Surrey, England.


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(21 & 21) Christmas 1943 at Tobermory

Christmas of 1943 was spent at Tobermory, Scotland and also New Year's. Christmas was very quiet. Not like the last one. After refit we came here for our work up trials, which you do after a refit"


From the collection of Orent Myatt

Courtesy of Lynda D'Amour