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HMCS ST. BONIFACE J332

Then Merchant Vessel BESS BARRY B (1954)

HMCS St. Boniface J332

Source: Naval Museum of Manitoba

 

Battle honours and awards;  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 21 May 1942

Launched: 05 Nov 1942

Commissioned: 09 Oct 1943

Paid off: 25 Sep 1946

Fate: Unknown

 

Built at Port Arthur, Ont., she was commissioned there on 10 Sep 1943, St. Boniface arrived at Halifax late in Oct 1943, and worked up at Pictou from Nov to Dec 1943. She was then assigned as Senior Officer's ship to EG W-5 of Western Escort Force until mid-Apr 1944. She then transferred to W-4, again as S.O., until early Dec 1944 when, following minor repairs at Halifax, proceed to Bermuda to work up. Upon returning to Canada, she rejoined W-4 until the group was disbanded in Jun 1945. On 18 Apr 1945, St. Boniface was in collision with SS Empire Chamois in the Halifax approaches, as the freighter's convoy, SC.173, was forming up for passage to the U.K. St. Boniface suffered extensive damage to her bows, but made Halifax under her own power and was under repair there for three months. In Aug 1945, she became a training ship at HMCS Cornwallis until Jan 1946, when she was placed in reserve at Halifax. She was finally paid off on 25 Sep 1946, and sold for mercantile use. She was last noted under Panamanian flag as Bess Barry M. in 1954.

 

The wedding ceremony of Kathleen (Kitty) Keen and Russell Daniels, Stoker 1st Class, took place on board HMCS St. Boniface while the ship was at Port Arthur, Ontario

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR - 10 Sep 1943 - 12 May 1944

A/LCdr John de la Fosse Frewer, RCNVR - 13 May 1944 - 14 Apr 1945

LCdr John Manuel Watson, RCNR - 15 Apr 1945 - 25 Jun 1945

Lt Charles William King, RCNVR - 26 Jun 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

LCdr R.N. Smillie, RCNVR - 20 Aug 1945 - 29 Jan 1946

Lt Harold Richard Tilley, RCN - 21 Mar 1946 - 26 Apr 1946

Skpr/Lt Paul Perrault, RCNR - 27 Apr 1946 - 25 Sep 1946

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Beckner, Floyd Wayne

1920-2009

Boyce, Hugh Edward

1924-2007

 

 

 

C-D

Daniels, Russell

____-____

Desjardins, Laurent Louis

1924-2012

 

 

 

E-F

Frewer, John de la Fosse

____-2003

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hicks, James Gordon MacLennan

1922-1957

Drafted to St. Boniface on 01 Feb 1944, as Slt, RCNVR

Hill, William McCulloch

1924-2013

Drafted to St. Boniface J332 on 30 Apr 1945 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

 

K-L

Killoran, Clarence

1922-2012

Kirby, Douglas Ernest

1925-2007

Lane, William Victor

1923-2006

 

 

M-N

Macklem, Robert

____-2014

 

 

 

 

O-P

Patterson, Donald Morley

1925-2008

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sweeney, Francis James Dennis

____-2008

Tilley, Harold

1923-2013

 

 

 

W-X

Wilcox, John Fredrick

1925-2006

Wonnacott, Frank

1924-2015

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Apple, Barnabas William Nixon, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Jul 1944

 

Dickson, Robert Hamilton, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Feb 1944

 

Dougall, Allen Thomas, Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 May 1943

Harrison, John Ross, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

 

Jackson, George Alexander, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Kirby, Charles Douglas, A/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944

 

MacKenzie, Donald Allan, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1943 / 02 Feb 1944

Montgomery, Richard Alan, Slt (SB) (R), RCNVR - 03 Feb 1944

 

Moreton, Alan Winsford, Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Robert Macklem

Personal photo gallery of William Connor

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