For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS WALLACEBURG J336 / 172

Then BNS GEORGES LECOINTE F901 (1959)

 

Post wartime badge

HMCS Wallaceburg J336

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 06 Jul 1942

Launched: 17 Dec 1942

Commissioned: 18 Nov 1943

Paid off: 07 Oct 1946

Re-commissioned: 0 1 Nov 1950

Paid off: 24 Sep 1957

Transferred to the Belgium Navy: 31 Jul 1959

Paid off: 1969

 

Built by Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, she was commissioned at there on 18 Nov 1943. She arrived at Halifax on 13 Dec 1943, and after working up was assigned to EG W-8, Western Escort Force, in Feb 1944. In Apr 1944, Wallaceburg was transferred to EG W-6 as Senior Officer's ship but returned in December to W-8. During Jul and Aug 1945, she was attached to HMCS Cornwallis for training, then placed in reserve, first at Sydney and then at Halifax. She was paid off on 07 Oct 1946, but re-commissioned on 01 Nov 1950 for cadet training. Wallaceburg spent the summers of 1956 and 1957 on the Great Lakes and was paid off on 24 Sep 1957. On 31 July 1959, she was transferred to the Belgian Navy, to serve as Georges Lecointe until she was discarded in 1969.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr F.R.K. Naftel, RCNVR - 18 Nov 1943 - 02 May 1944

LCdr Robert Auburn Stewart MacNeil, RCNR - 03 May 1944 - 09 Jan 1945

A/LCdr Freeman Elkins Burrows, RCNVR - 10 Jan 1945 - 21 May 1945

LCdr John Henry Gordon Bovey, RCNVR - 22 May 1945 - 16 Jul 1945

Lt Raymond Nelson Smillie, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

Lt A.D. Ritchie, RCNVR - 20 Aug 1945 - 07 Sep 1945

Lt G. Kelly, RCNVR - 23 Oct 1945 - 01 Feb 1946

LCdr Richard Miles Steele, RCN(R) - 03 Jun 1946 - 07 Oct 1946

LCdr J.C. Marston, DSC, RCNR - 01 Nov 1950 - 20 Dec 1950

Cdr R.A. Webber, DSC, RCN - 21 Dec 1950 - 03 Apr 1951

LCdr John Herbert Maxner, RCN - 04 Apr 1951 - 27 Sep 1951

LCdr I.A. McPhee, RCN - 28 Sep 1951 - 21 Feb 1954

LCdr William Alexander Manfield, RCN - 22 Feb 1954 - 25 Nov 1954

Cdr Francis James Jones, RCN - 14 Apr 1955 - 16 Oct 1955

LCdr D.S. Bethune, RCN - 17 Oct 1955 - 24 Sep 1957

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Boughton, Benjamin

1924-2008

Bovey, John Henry Gordon

1917-1989

Bowditch, William Watson

1918-2010

 

 

C-D

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

Crowley, Michael Joseph Patrick

1929-2015

 

 

 

E-F

Exley, Earl, William

____-1996

 

 

 

 

G-H

Guy, Allan Ross

1925-2016

Hoffman, Herman E.

____-1995

Served in Wallaceburg Jan 1957 - Sep 1957 as an ET

 

 

 

K-L

Kilbride, Gerald

1931-2006

Love, Alan Tannahill

____-1995

Served in Wallaceburg 1951 - 1952 as XO

 

 

 

M-N

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

Served in Wallaceburg 1950 - 1952 as Slt, RCN

McKnight, Shepherd

1925-2013

Norberg, James Walter

1923-2015

Served in Wallaceburg during WW II

 

 

O-P

Pelletier, Leo O.

1924-2015

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Reid, John Maxwell

____-2005

Served in Wallaceburg in 1954 as Lt, RCN, NavO

Rhymes, Reginald Heber

1926-2006

Served in Wallaceburg 04 Apr 1952 - 05 May 1952 as a LSTD1, RCN and 10 Jul 1953 - 30 Jul 1953 as a P2TD1, RCN

Roscoe, Joseph Frank

1923-2009

 

 

S-T

Smith, Arthur Harrington Carington

1934-2017

Steele, Richard Miles

1915-2010

8th Commanding Officer

Tizard, John

1918-1987

Turnbull, David Thomas

1930-2016

 

U-V

Upton, Harold

____-____

 

 

 

 

W-X

Webber, Reginald Amand

1929-1968

10th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Amy, OSTR - 1951-1952

 

Blodgett, Albert Lorne Nelson, Lt (S), RCN(R) - 05 Jun 1946

 

Bosworth, William John, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

 

Bulmer, OSTR - 1951-1952

 

Carter, Lionel James 

 

Corner, Richard William 

 

Craft, ABRP - 1951-1952

 

Erlendson, John Hjaltalin

 

Guite, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944

 

Hlasny, Stephen, OSTR - 1951-1952

Irvine, Daniel John Sylvester, Lt (E), RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944

 

Jensey, W. OSTR - 1951-1952

 

Jones, G., OSTR - 1951-1952

 

Kelly, Edmund Barrie, Lt (E), RCNR - 07 Jun 1943 (Stand by)

 

Kraft, Darryl, ABRP - 1951

 

Later, ABRP - 1951-1952

 

MacInnis, Donald Ross, Wt (E), RCN - 14 Jun 1946

 

McDougall, Graham Robertson, Slt (El) (R), RCNVR - 10 Feb 1944

 

McIsaas D., OSTR - 1951-1952

 

McKee, Fraser Murray, Slt, RCNVR - 18 May 1945

McMillan, Norman McLeod, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1944

 

Mitchell, Frank Grenfell, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Mitchell, John Ervine, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1945

 

Okros, Richard Dennis, Slt, RCN - 1951-1952

 

Preston, ABRP - 1951

 

Rogers, John (Jack) Wells, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Simpson, Douglas Colborne, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1944

 

Squires, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Mar 1944

 

Sym, Colin, Slt, RCNVR - 21 May 1945

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Tyrer, John Campbell, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jun 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

RCN Memories

Last North Atlantic Convoy

Steering a Zig Zag Course

 

Links

BNS Georges Lecointe

BNS Georges Lecointe - Belgian-Navy.be

Personal photo gallery of Reginald Heber (Smokey) Rhymes

 

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