For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS RUNNYMEDE K678

HMCS Runnymede K678

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 11 Sep 1943

Launched: 27 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 14 Jun 1944

Paid off: 19 Jan 1946

Fate: Sold for scrap in 1947. Scuttled as a breakwater in 1948

 

Runnymede was commissioned on 14 June 1944 at Montreal and arrived in Bermuda for workups toward the end of Jul 1944. On 21 Aug 1944 she returned to Halifax to become Senior Officer's ship of EG C-5, and was to wear its barber pole stripes the rest of her wartime career. She left Londonderry toward the end of May 1945, and made her passage home as escort to convoy ON.305. She left Halifax on 20 Jun 1945 for Esquimalt, arriving 18 Jul 1945 and early in Aug 1945 commenced tropicalization refit at North Vancouver. Work was soon suspended and she sailed for Esquimalt 20 Jun 1945 to be placed in reserve, though not paid off until 19 Jan 1946. Sold in 1947, she is reported to have been expended as part of a breakwater at Kelsey Bay, B.C., in 1948.

 

RCN Memories:  Wartime Memories of Larry Costello          Photo and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Richard Charles Chenoweth, RCNVR - 14 Jun 1944 - 22 Jan 1945

Lt Patrick Sproull Milsom, MBE, RCNVR - 23 Jan 1945 - 09 Feb 1945

Cdr Alexander McAllister McLarnon, RCNR - 10 Feb 1945 - 22 Mar 1945

LCdr Richard Cassels Chenoweth, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1945 - 08 Jun 1945

Cdr Clarence Aubrey King, DSO, DSC & Bar, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1945 - 09 Aug 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Alguire, Frederick Howard

1924-2012

Arthur, Robert Harold

1925-2013

Served in Runnymede as an AB Torpedoman

Boggild, Kai Hugh

____-2002

Drafted to Runnymede 15 May 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, Standby. Commissioning Crew. Served as NavO

Brown, Kenneth Campbell

____-1999

 

C-D

Campbell, Everett Lawrence

1917-2010

Costello, Francis Lawrence

1924-2017

The Memory Project

Cummins, John Joseph

1915-2011

 

 

G-H

Hussey, James Gavin

1925-2003

 

 

 

 

K-L

Landry, Romeo Joseph

____-____

 

 

 

 

M-N

Murphy, John Howard

1915-1977

Served in Runnymede Jun 1944 - Jun 1945

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ritchie, Boyce Alexander

1926-2011

Ryan, Reginald Thomas

1923-2016

Drafted to Runnymede 06 may 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

S-T

Trenholm, Douglas Stuart

____-2008

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wipper, Kirk

1923-2011

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Anderson, Norman Meldrum, A/Lt, RCNVR - 09 Jul 1944

 

Blakey, Kenneth Bertram, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1945

 

Chenoweth, Richard Charles, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) CO / 14 Jun 1944

 

Chenoweth, Richard Charles, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1945

 

Hall, Paul Frank Thomas, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Henderson, John Ernest, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 194 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Inman, Harry Chatfield, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

Kindree, Burt

 

Leigh, Robert Garwood, Slt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1945

 

Lovell, William Ashton, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

MacDonald, John Hubert Smith, A/Cdr, RCNR - 23 Mar 1945

 

Marsland, Ken

 

Matchett, John Boyd, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1945 

 

McCandless, George Bartlett, Skpr/Lt, RCNR - 23 Mar 1945

 

McGeough, Leonard James, A/Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

McNeil, Chief Stoker

 

Meyer (Myer ??), Bertal Thomas, Cd (E), RCNR - 09 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Milsom, Patrick Sproule, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 14 Jun 1944

 

Ostro, Ken

 

Pearce, William James, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1945

 

Plaxton, John Melville, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1945

 

Sevanny, Allen

 

Shaw, Gordon McDougall, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Feb 1945

 

Taylor, C.N.

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

"Christening of HMCS Runnymede at Montreal, Quebec"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Christening of HMCS Runnymede at Montreal, Quebec"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Carrying out a sweep for a sub"

Bow of HMCS Runnymede K678 in foreground

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Waiting for survivors"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Mike climbing into the seaboat"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Preparing the seaboat"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Away seaboat!"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

4-inch guns of HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Hedgehogs on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

12-pounder gun on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Rockets on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Ted and Scotty on the bridge" of HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"White Watch - Harvey?, Taylor, McDowell, Danny?, Costello, Noolivin, Boyce, Mike, Bobbet"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Sprague and Milhoff" on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Boyce" on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Bolton, Smith and Fitzgibbons"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"C.N. Taylor"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Doug - De-ammunitioning"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Ken Marsland"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Bridge of HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Depth charge exploding

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Surrendered U-190 in St. John's Nfld

 

                          

 

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Crew members of HMCS Runnymede K678

Place and date unknown

Photo from the WWII collection of Kirk Wipper



Rescuing survivors off the Isle of Mann

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Kirk Wipper on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Unknown frigate

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

HMCS Runnymede K678 approaching a carrier

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

HMCS Runnymede K678 in slips at Bay Bulls, Newfoundland

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

HMCS Runnymede K678 in slips at Bay Bulls, Newfoundland

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Convoy Rescue ship

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

4-inch guns of HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

4-inch gun breech on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Ailsa Craig, Firth of Clyde"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Forbes and Gertie"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper


"A tattered ensign and its replacement"

HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Airing Hammocks" on HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Canadian Convoy Group Five - The Barber Pole Squardon"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Knobly Hall"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Forbes
From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Wyman, Chapman, Bolton, Costello - murdering chickens"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Sprague and Young"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Knobly Hall"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Massue, Forbes, Hall - Holy Stoning Bridge Boards"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Siguer (Irish)"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Chief Stoker McNeil"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Santa Henderson at sea in 1944"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Peltier"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Yarchuck"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Thompson"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Sellars"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Sellars, Yarchuck, Johnson"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Burial at Sea"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"HMCS Runnymede in Dartmouth!"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Surrendered U-boats at Londonderry"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Looking astern from HMCS Runnymede entering St. John's Harbour

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Ensign of HMCS Runnymede

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Allan Sevanny"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

(L-R) Allan Sevanny, Kirk Wipper

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

Fo'c's'le of HMCS Runnymede K678

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Taylor on the gangway"

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

"Entering Halifax harbour"

Gate vessels open the anti-submarine barriers as HMCS Runnymede enters Halifax Harbour

From the collection of Kirk Wipper

HMCS Runnymede in the slips at Bay Bulls, Nfld

Courtesy of James Hussey

Looking up at the bow of HMCS Runnymede while she is in the slips at Bay Bulls, Nfld

Courtesy of James Hussey

An Atlantic Convoy - photo taken from HMCS Runnymede

Courtesy of James Hussey

Three crewmen of HMCS Runnymede

Courtesy of James Hussey

Gun mount on stern of HMCS Runnymede

Courtesy of James Hussey

 

 

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