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HMCS RESTIGOUCHE H00

Former HMS COMET

HMCS Restigouche H00

HMS Comet

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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. 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.

 

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     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry

BURNFIELD, George William

AB, 3315, RCN

died - 25 Jun 1940

Drowned taking part in the HMCS Fraser rescue

HAMILTON, Delmar

PO Supply, V6457, RCNVR

died - 01 Oct 1944 

JEWETT, George Sidney

CPO, 2227, RCN

MPK - 04 Oct 1944 

SORENSEN, Svend Solberg

Ordnance Art, V12678, RCNVR

MPK - 28 Nov 1942 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Acton, Raymond Alexander

1922-2012

Baker, Terrance

1921-2015

Barrick, Geoffrey

1912-1998

Drafted to Restigouche 20 Apr 1943 as a Gunner, RCN

Bianco, Anthony Dominic

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

while serving in

HMCS Athabaskan G07

Bojarksi, Frank Joseph

1918-2013

Bonnar, James Stuart

1922-2013

Bryant (Broski), Peter

1924-2007

Bullock, Harold Lorne

died - 20 Apr 1942

while serving in HMCS Barrie

Butler, Cedric Edward

1924-2009

Buzza, Percival Charles

1924-2006

C-D

Charles, John Alexander

1918-2010

Cook, David Harold

1913-2007

Cosh, Digby Rex Bell

Died: 24 Jun 1944

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Curliss, George O.

1924-2003

Derbyshire, William Stephen

1913-2010

Doyle, Peter Maurice

1919-2003

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

 

 

E-F

Elford, Clyde Henry

1920-2016

Feesey, Arthur Henry

1922-2013

Fiddes, Guy Irving

____-2013

Froats, Donald MacRae

MPK - 13 Sep 1942

while serving in

HMCS Ottawa H60

 

G-H

Gray, William Henderson

1919-2004

Harvey, William James

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in HMCS Margaree

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien

1918-2014

Heron, William Carlton

____-1988

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

Hibbard, James Calcutt

1908-1996

Drafted to Restigouche 16 Jun 1938 at Lt, RCN

Higgs, Herbert G.

1923-2004

Holms, William Boyd Love

____-1989

1st Commanding Officer

Hughes, Donald Clarence

____-1999

 

 

I-J

Jervis, William David

1916-2002

 

 

 

 

K-L

Latter, Edward Joseph Paul

1920-2014

  

Laurie, Douglas T.

1919-2013

Lay, Horatio Nelson

1903-1988

 

 

M-N

 

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Restigouche in 1940 as Engineering Officer

Machattie, Frederick George Wallace

____-2002

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

Malott, Earl

1922-1997

Martin, William Patrick

1915-2008

Matthews, Charles James

1915-2012

O-P

Paige, Leslie Arthur Coope

____-1952

Served in Restigouche 1940-1941 as PO Gunner

Piers, Desmond William

1913-2005

 

 

 

Q-R

Ralph, George

MPK - 07 May 1944

while serving in

HMCS Valleyfield

RayBould, Henry

1916-1986

Served in Restigouche in 1940

Reeves, Cecil Edward

____-____

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

Richardson, Charles Edward

____-1984

Served in Restigouche in 1940 as Gunner, RCN

Ruttan, John G.

____-____

S-T

Sandberg, John Halvard

1917-2008

Senior, James Albert

1907-1976

Served in Restigouche Apr 1940 - Dec 1940 as Chief Sto P.O., RCN

Shaver, Delbert Frederick

1924-2011

Served in Restigouche 16 Feb 1944- 30 Sep 1944

Shillington, Alexander Merrill

1922-2016

Smedley, Charles Stanley

1910-1969

Smith, Eldred Morton

1924-2001

Somers, Murray Francis

1922-2006

Spicer, Wylie Carlyle

____-2003

St. Pierre, Frank

1920-2013

Stone, George Alfred

1921-2007

U-V

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

Served in Restigouche as Yeoman of Signals, RCN

 

 

 

 

W-X

Waterhouse, Joseph Alban

1911-1991

Served in Restigouche Jul 1942 - Jan 1943

Webb, Frederick Arthur Henry

____-1992

Wigmore, Robert Arthur

____-2003

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Christianson, R. 

 

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. 

 

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

 

Livingston, R. 

 

Lowe, L. 

 

MacInnis, H. 

 

MacKinnon, A.M. 

 

MacLean, John Harrison, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

 

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

 

Mann, James, V.A., V25625 - Dec 1940

 

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

 

Morley, E.A., Sto - Dec 1940

 

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

 

Myait, O. 

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 - 1943

 

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

 

Perry, C. 

 

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

 

Reinger, D. 

 

Rigby, E.A. 

 

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 

 

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

 

Watson, H.W., AB, S.T. - Dec 1940 (note: possibly the same H.W. Watson that was killed in the sinking of HMCS St. Croix)

 

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

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of James Albert Senior

Personal photo gallery of Joseph Alban Waterhouse

Personal photo gallery of Murray Francis Somers

Personal photo gallery of William (Bill) Parkin

Ship's company photos for HMCS Restigouche

 

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