ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY    

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE I18

Former HMS KEMPENFELT

HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa 1934-1944 DND/RCN photo

 

Laid down: 18 October 1930

Launched: 29 October 1931

Commissioned: as HMS Kempenfelt

Transferred to the RCN: 19 October 1939

Commissioned: 19 October 1939 as HMCS Assiniboine I18

Paid off: 8 August 1945

Fate: On 10 November 1945, while being towed to the breakers, her tow broke and she was wrecked near East Point, P.E.I.

 

Completed in 1932 as HMS Kempenfelt, she was transferred to the RCN at Devonport on October 19, 1939, and arrived in Halifax on November 17. Assigned to the America and West Indies Station, she left for Jamaica on December 5 to carry out Caribbean patrols. While so employed Assiniboine assisted in the capture of the German freighter Hannover in the Mona Passage and towed her into Kingston, Jamaica. She returned to Halifax on March 31, 1940, and was employed there as a local escort until January 15, 1941, when she sailed for the U.K. to join EG 10, Greenock. With the formation of Newfoundland Command in June, 1941, "Bones" was allocated to it for mid-ocean escort service. While thus employed with convoy SC.94, on August 6, 1942, she rammed and sank U 210, necessitating repairs at Halifax from August 29 to December 20. Not long after her return to service, while on passage to Londonderry on March 2, 1943, she attacked a U-boat with depth charges set too shallow, causing serious damage to her stern. Repairs were effected at Liverpool from March 7 to July 13, 1943, when she joined EG C-1 of MOEF. In April, 1944, she returned to Canada for refit at Shelburne, N.S., and on August 1 arrived at Londonderry to become a member of EG 12 and, a few weeks later, EG 11. In December she was loaned to EG 14, Liverpool, and remained with it until VE-Day. She returned to Canada in June, 1945, and, after brief employment as a troop transport, was paid off August 8, 1945. On November 10, 1945, en route for scrapping at Baltimore, Assiniboine broke her tow and was wrecked near East Point, P.E.I. Her remains were broken up in situ in 1952. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Edmond Rollo Mainguy, RCN  -  19 Oct 39 - 02 Apr 40

Com G.C. Jones, RCN  -  03 Apr 40 - 15 Sep 40

Capt C.R. Taylor, RCN  -  16 Sep 40 - 29 Oct 40

Cmdre Leonard Warren Murray, RCN  -  30 Oct 40 - 11 Feb 41

A/LCdr John Hamilton Stubbs, RCN  - 12 Feb 41 - 01 Oct 42

Lt R. Hennessy, DSC, RCN  -  02 Oct 42 - 01 Dec 42

Cdr E.P. Tisdall, RCN  -  02 Dec 42 - 10 Feb 43

Cdr Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN  -  11 Feb 43 - 08 Jun 43

A/LCdr R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN  -  09 Jun 43 - 07 Jul 43

Cdr K.F. Adams, RCN  -  08 Jul 43 - 30 Sep 43

A/LCdr R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN  -  01 Oct 43 - 13 Oct 44

A/LCdr R. Hennessy, DSC, RCN  -  14 Oct 44 - 21 Feb 45

Cdr Edgar Lorne Armstrong, RCN  -  22 Feb 45 - 08 Aug 45

  

     In Memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

COUGHLIN, Clifton R F, Lieutenant Commander, RCNVR - See HMCS Iroquois

 

FORWARD, Albert E, Able Seaman, V/2256 (RCNVR), killed - 16 April 1941

HORNBY, Lloyd K, Ordinary Seaman, V/18423 (RCNVR), DOW - 5 August 1942

 

WATSON, Kenneth W, Ordinary Seaman, 4354 (RCN), DOW - 6 August 1942

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Aucoin, Milton A.

 

Banfield, Nelson Ralph (Nels), Cmdr, RCN, Ret'd

 

Barron, Ian

 

Bonney, Charlie Fredrick

 

Brunet, J.A. David, RCNVR

 

Budge, Patrick David, Rear Admiral, RCN, Ret'd

 

Bushen, Lee Palmer, RCNR

 

Campbell, William F, Lieutenant Commander, RCNVR ( see HMCS Louisburg)

 

Derbyshire, William Stephen, Star, CD, RCN

 

Dickson, Stanley Philip

 

Evans, Harold William

 

Ferguson, John Rolfe, RCNVR

Forsythe, Arthur, PO, ON3488

 

Gray, Ernest

 

Green, Allan Miles

 

Harrietha, John Clarence, MWO

 

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien, Vice-Admiral, RCN, Ret'd

 

Ireland, Alexander Doug, Telegraphist, CPO1, Ret'd RCN

 

McKee, William (Bill)

 

Rhydderch, Rhys

 

Rolston, Keith

 

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick, Rear-Admiral, Ret'd, RCN

 

Welland, Robert Philip, Rear-Admiral, RCN

 

Nelson Ralph Banfield

1917-2007

Ian Barron

1921-2013

Charlie Freddick Bonney

____-2014

J.A. David Brunet

____-2005

Patrick David Budge

1904-1998

William F. Campbell

Killed - 6 Feb 1943

(see HMCS Louisburg)

Stanley Dickson

1917-2008

Harold William Evans

____-2014

John Rolfe Ferguson

1916-2008

Ernest Lawrence Gray

1924-2008

 

Allan Miles Green

1925-2014

Ralph Lucien Hennessy

1918-2014

Alexander (Doug) Ireland

1922-2010

William McKee

1925-2012

Keith Rolston

____-2013

Ernest Patrick Tisdall

1906-1965

Robert Philip Welland

1918-2010

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-210 sunk on 06 Aug 1942 by HMCS Assiniboine I18 in position 54-25 N, 39-37 W

 

Galleries:

(Photos and Documents)

Gallery # 1     Gallery # 2

Former Crew Members:

Bailey, Thomas James, A/Sig/Bosn, RCN, Jan 1944

Birch, Trevor, Electrical Artificer, RCNVR

Cooper, John Sidney, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

Falconer, James Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1942

Hadden, George, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1943

Putnam, James Malcolm, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 13 Feb 1943

Sleight, James Alfred, Lt, RCNR - 26 Jan 1944

Links:

HMCS Assiniboine - Wikipedia

HMCS Assiniboine - the Uboat.net

HMCS Assiniboine - ReadyAyeReady.com

HMCS Assiniboine and the destruction of U-210

HMCS Assiniboine battles U-210 - World War II Today

Interrogation of Survivors - U-210

 

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