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HMCS ROCKCLIFFE J355 / 173

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Rockcliffe J355

From the collection of John Edisforth Heward

Courtesy of Roger Heward

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1945

 

 

Laid down: 23 Dec 1942

Launched: 19 Aug 1943

Commissioned: 30 Sep 1944

Paid off: 28 Jul 1945

Re-commissioned: 24 Oct 1945

Paid off: 14 Jan 1946

Re-commissioned: 03 Mar 1947

Paid off: 15 Aug 1950

Fate: Broken up around 1960

 

Commissioned at Port Arthur on 30 Sep 1944, Rockcliffe arrived at Halifax on 30 Oct 1944 and proceeded to Bermuda to work up. Upon returning to Halifax in mid-Dec 1944 she was assigned to EG W-6 until Jun 1945. She escorted the surrendered U 889 part of the way to Shelburne, N.S., on 10 May 1945. Paid off to reserve at Sydney on 28 Jul 1945, she was re-commissioned for passage to Esquimalt, where she arrived on 21 Dec 1945. On 12 Jan 1946, she was again paid off into reserve, but was re-commissioned on 03 Mar 1947, to serve as a training ship. In Jul 1959, she was listed a a depot ship. She was finally paid off on 15 Aug 1950, and scrapped ten years later.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt John Edisforth Heward, RCNVR - 30 Sep 1944 - 28 Jul 1945

A/LCdr Albert Elliott Gouch, RCNR - 24 Oct 1945 - 14 Jan 1946

LCdr James Wake Golby, DSC, RCNR - 03 Mar 1947 - 30 Mar 1947

Cdr Harry Kingsley, RCN - 31 Mar 1947 - 15 Oct 1948

LCdr J.B. Bugden, RCN - 16 Oct 1948 - 03 Dec 1948

Cdr Harry Kinglsey, RCN - 04 Dec 1948 - 25 Apr 1949

LCdr John Beaumont Bugden, RCN - 26 Apr 1949 - 10 Jul 1949

LCdr Harry Romeyn Beck, RCN - 11 Jul 1949 - 06 Sep 1949

A/Capt Harry Kingsley, RCN - 07 Sep 1949 - 21 Apr 1950

Cdr James Sinclair Davis, RCN - 22 Apr 1950 - 15 Aug 1950

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Hugh Lorne

____-____

Beck, Harry Romeyn

1917-2007

8th Commanding officer

Briggs, Mervin Joel

1923-2011

Served in Rockcliffe as a SD

Bush, Leslie Kenneth

1921-2015

 

C-D

Clark, William George

1923-2004

Served in Rockcliffe 30 Jul 1947 - 09 Dec 1947 as L/Tel

Crewe, Ernest George

1922-2014

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Down, John Trenchard

1921-2003

 

E-F

Edwards, Moray Clement

1924-2011

Served in Rockcliffe during WW2

Elliott, Glen Lenard

1922-1993

 

 

 

G-H

Greengrass, Frederick Charles

1930-2012

Hendrickson, Melvin Lawrence

1929-1993

Heward, John Edisforth

1916-2002

1st Commanding Officer

Huddleston, Lorne

1928-2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Johns, William Francis

____-1968

Served in Rockcliffe as a Signalman during WW II

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kingsley, Harry

1900-1976

4th, 6th, 9th Commanding Officer

Krieger, Willy

1928-2006

 

Loewen, Leslie John

1925-2014

 

 

M-N

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

 

 

 

 

O-P

Payne, Douglas Bennett

1924-2010

Penfold, Ronald Edward

1922-1998

 

 

 

Q-R

Reilly, John Nelson Boright

1917-1969

Drafted to Rockcliffe 31 Mar 1945 as Surg Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

S-T

Shields, Marshall

____-____

Served in Rockcliffe 01 Nov 1944 to 30 Dec 1944

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Beck, Harry Romeyn, Lt, RCN, XO - 04 Jul 1949

 

Best, George Samuel, Slt, RCNVR - 04 May 1945

 

Bushman, Yeoman - 1944

 

Cadman, Thomas Alva, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Candy, George Watson, A/Gnr (TAS) (T), RCN - 03 Mar 1947

 

Crosby, Bernard Vincent, Lt (S), RCN - 27 May 1948

Dalley, Andrew Roosevelt, Cd (E), RCNR - 22 Feb 1945 

 

Harrison, Walter Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Hodgkin, William Leonard, Gnr, RCN - 03 Mar 1947

 

Horne, John Edmund, LCdr (L), RCN - 01 Jun 1948

 

Lee, Norman Frederick, Wt (E), RCN - 04 May 1944

 

Lloyd, Evan Sidney, Lt (S), RCN - 22 May 1948

Lodge, George, Cox'n - 1945

 

Mackintosh, James Francis, Wt (E), RCN - 03 Mar 1947

 

McBride, Ronald Thomas, Lt - 1944-1945

 

McBurney, James William, Lt (S), RCN - 18 Jun 1947

 

Rae, Robert Graham, Lt (E), RCNVR - 16 Jun 1945

 

Smith, Roy, Lt (E), RCN - 27 May 1950

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

A Brief History of HMCS Rockcliffe J355 / 173

Personal photo gallery for George Crewe

Personal photo gallery of John Edisforth Heward

Personal photo gallery of William (Bill) George Clark

The re-dedication of HMCS Rockcliffe's Bell at CFB Rockcliffe

 

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