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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS TILLSONBURG K496

Former HMS PENBROKE CASTLE

Then Chinese Merchant Vessel Ta Ching (1946)

Then Chinese Merchant Vessel Chiu Chin (1947)

The People's Liberation Army Navy Vessel Kao-An (1951)

HMCS Tillsonburg K496

 

Laid down: 03 Jun 1943

Launched: 12 Feb 1944

Commissioned: 29 Jun 1944

Paid off: 15 Feb 1946

Fate: Sold to China as a merchantman.  Transferred to the naval service of The People's Liberation Army in 1951. Discarded in 1963.

 

Built by Ferguson Bros. Ltd., Port Glasgow, Scotland, she was laid down and launched as HMS Pembroke Castle. On completion she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on the Clyde on 29 Jun 1944 as HMCS Tillsonburg K496. Following working-up at Stornoway, Tillsonburg arrived at Londonderry on 19 Aug 1944, sailing a week later for St. John's to join EG C-6, then forming. Unlike her sisters, she first escorted an eastbound convoy, HXF.308, leaving St. John's on 18 Sep 1944 to join it. An ocean escort for the balance of the war, she left Londonderry for her last crossing in mid-Jun 1945. Briefly based at St. John's, Sydney, and Halifax, she was paid off at Halifax on 15 Feb 1946, and later that year was sold to Chinese owners for mercantile service. Initially named Ta Ching, she was renamed Chiu Chin in 1947. In 1951 she was taken over by the Nationalist Chinese government, rearmed and renamed Kao-An. She was discarded in 1963.

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

HX.308

New York City (13 Sep 1944)

Liverpool (28 Sep 1944)

19 Sep 1944

27 Sep 1944

ON.259

Liverpool (12 Oct 1944)

New York City (29 Oct 1944)

13 Oct 1944

24 Oct 1944

HX.316

New York City (25 Oct 1944)

Liverpool (10 Nov 1944)

30 Oct 1944

10 Nov 1944

ON.267

Southend (18 Nov 1944

New York City (05 Dec 1944)

19 Nov 1944

30 Nov 1944

HX.324

New York City (04 Dec 1944)

Liverpool (21 Dec 1944)

10 Dec 1944

19 Dec 1944

ON.275

Southend (28 Dec 1944)

New York City (13 Jan 1945)

31 Dec 1944

08 Jan 1945

SC.165

Halifax (16 Jan 1945)

Liverpool (31 Jan 1945)

20 Jan 1945

29 Jan 1945

ONS.42

Liverpool (13 Feb 1945)

Halifax (05 Mar 1945)

14 Feb 1945

28 Feb 1945

HX.342

New York City (04 Mar 1945)

Liverpool (19 Mar 1945)

09 Mar 1945

19 Mar 1945

ON.293

Southend (27 Mar 1945)

New York City (15 Apr 1945)

28 Mar 1945

09 Apr 1945

HX.350

New York City (13 Apr 1945)

Liverpool (28 Apr 1945)

18 Apr 1945

28 Apr 1945

ON.301

Southend (06 May 1945)

New York City (22 May 1945)

07 May 1945

17 May 1945

HX.358

New York City (23 May 1945)

Liverpool (06 Jun 1945)

29 May 1945

06 Jun 1945

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr William Evans, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1944 - 16 Jan 1945

Lt Arthur Dudley Ritchie, RCNVR - 17 Jan 1945 - 02 Mar 1945

LCdr William Evans, RCNVR - 03 Mar 1945 - 09 Jul 1945

Lt Gordon Edward Gilbride, RCNVR - 10 Jul 1945 - 04 Sep 1945

Lt F. Angus, RCNVR - 05 Sep 1945 - 29 Nov 1945

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

 

Ashley, Joseph

____-2010

 

 

 

 

C-D

 

Cornell, Alan Richard John

1918-2005

Cox, Gerald Albert

1926-2008

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Cruickshank, Richard Alexander

1914-2001

Drafted to Tillsonburg 10 Apr 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by / 29 Jun 1944

 

E-F

 

Elley, Norman Stanley

____-2014

Ellinthorpe, Thomas

____-1975

 

 

 

G-H

Gilbert, Donald

1926-1984

Gillis, Harold George

1923-2015

Add'l - I/C Machinery Tillsonburg 1945

Goodwillie, George Pearson

1922-2005

Greer, John Maxwell

1917-2011

Hadwell, William Mostyn

1925-1979

Served in Tillsonburg 29 Jun 1944 - 05 Mar 1945 / 12 Jul 1945 - 14 Aug 1945

Hussey, James Gavin

1925-2003

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kirk, I. Glen

____-2005

 

Loewen, Leslie John

1925-2014

 

 

 

Q-R

Robertson, Donald Charles

1918-2015

 

 

 

 

M-N

 

Mackin, John Donovan

1921-2006

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Crew Members

Abott, Ralph Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

 

Beard, Robert

 

Cruickshank, Richard Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1944

 

Doe, Learmont Anstice Earlston, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1944

 

Duncanson, John William, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

Evans, William, LCdr, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by)

 

Kitz, Joseph Russell, A/War (E), RCNVR - 17 Jan 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

 

Lambert, Allen Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

 

Lane, Ernest (Shady)

Morton, James Marshall, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 29 Jun 1944

 

Robertson, Donald Charles, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr1945

 

Stuart, Robert Innes, A/War (E), RCNVR - 09 Feb 1945

 

Uren, Harol

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of William Mostyn Hadwell

Ship's company photos for HMCS Tillsonburg

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