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HMCS RIMOUSKI K121

Then PV 12

HMCS Rimouski K121

From the collection of Lt Reginald Pickford, RCNVR

Courtesy of John Pickford, Capt (N), RCN, ret'd

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Laid down: 12 Jul 1940

Launched: 03 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 26 Apr 1941

Paid off: 24 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1950

 

Commissioned on 26 Apr 1941 at Quebec City, Rimouski arrived at Halifax on 12 May 1941 and was assigned to Newfoundland Command. She shared with Pictou the honour of being one of the first two corvettes to escort an HX convoy (HX.131, in Jun 1941). On 20 Jan 1942, after three months' refit at Halifax, she left St. John's to join convoy SC.65 for Londonderry. After three round trips, she joined WLEF in Jun 1942. In the course of a five-month refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, begun 24 Mar 1943, she received her extended fo'c's'le. Upon completion she was assigned to EG C-1, MOEF, transferring to C-3 in Dec 1943. In Apr 1944 while at Londonderry, she was allocated to Western Approaches Command, Greenock, for invasion duties, and left Oban on 31 May 1944 to escort blockships for Normandy. She was employed until Aug 1944 as escort to Channel and coastal convoys, and then returned to Canada, where she served briefly as a Halifax-based training ship. A refit begun at Louisbourg early in Nov 1944 was completed at Liverpool and Halifax in Feb 1945. After working up, she returned to the UK to be based at Milford Haven as a member of EG 41, Plymouth, for the duration of the war. Returning to Canada in Jun 1945 she was paid off at Sorel on 24 Jul and broken up at the Steel Company of Canada, Hamilton, ON in 1950.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt John Willard Bonner, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1941 - 11 Nov 1941

A/LCdr Angus George Boulton, RCNVR - 12 Nov 1941 - 01 Dec 1942

Lt Reginald John Pickford, RCNVR - 02 Dec 1942 - 09 Sep 1944

Lt Cyril Douglas Chivers, RCNVR - 10 Sep 1944 - 17 Dec 1944

LCdr D.M. MacDonald, RCNVR - 18 Dec 1944 - 12 Jun 1945

Lt Thomas Stephenson Cook, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1945 - 24 Jul 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BLUE, Eric Morley

Tel, V/36681, RCNVR

died - 01 Mar 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Donald DeBlois

____-2010

Bonner, John Willard

1st Commanding Officer

MPK 10 SEP 1942

HMCS Charlottetown

Brady, Edward Patrick Redmond

1916-____

Served in Rimouski 27 Apr 1941 - 09 Jul 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

 

 

C-D

Champion, Robert Bruce

____-____

Clark, Douglas

____-1987

 

 

 

G-H

Hamilton, Donald James

1923-2015

Drafted to Rimouski 01 Jun 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kirkwood, Harold Ford

1919-2016

 

 

 

 

M-N

McMurray, John W.S.

1921-2004

Moxon, Stanley, Signalman

1922-2011

Nash, Michael Patrick

1920-2005

 

 

O-P

Pickford, Reginald John

1920-2012

3rd Commanding Officer

Pulleyblank, Howard William

1924-2014

 

 

 

Q-R

Ritchie, Donald Hetherington

1918-2012

Drafted to Rimouski Jan 1942 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

S-T

Thomson, Alexander

1922-2013

Thomson, George Alexander Victor

____-____

Drafted to Rimouski 29 Dec 1941 as Lt, RCNVR

Turner, Bruce Archie

1919-2013

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Armstrong, Henry Donald, Lt (El), RCNVR - 25 Feb 1945

 

Arsenault, Louis Ignatious, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1941

 

Bell, Gordon, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 13 May 1943 / 31 May 1943

 

Cochrane, George Joseph, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1943

 

Elkins, William Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Feb 1943

 

Griffiths, Mordan Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1942

Hoey, William Arthur Nelson, Lt, RCNVR

 

Inman, William Robert, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Jun 1942

 

Kenny, Paul Urban,  Petty Officer, Stoker - 1944

 

MacKinnon, John Allister, Mate, RCNR - 07 Jul 1941

 

Presley, William G.

 

Rice, Robert MacNeil, Slt (E), RCNVR - 27 Feb 1945

Ridout, Robert George, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1941

 

Rowe, Osmond Jennings, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Steele, Richard Miles, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1942

 

Taylor, Edward David Albert, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Taylor, John Sayre, Lt, RCNVR - 20 May 1945

 

Tindale, Harry Bush, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1941 (Stand by) / 27 Apr 1941

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Ship's company photos for HMCS Rimouski

The World is a stage - Naval career of Bruce Archie Turner

 

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