ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY    

 

HMCS ASSINIBOINE I18

Former HMS KEMPENFELT

HMCS Assiniboine I18 circa 1934-1944 DND/RCN photo

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic 1939-45,   Biscay 1944,   English Channel 1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 18 Oct 1930

Launched: 29 Oct 1931

Commissioned: 1932

Transferred to the RCN: 19 Oct 1939

Commissioned: 19 Oct 1939

Paid off: 08 Aug 1945

Fate: Wrecked - 10 Nov 1945

 

Completed in 1932 as HMS Kempenfelt. She was transferred to the RCN at Devonport on 19 Oct 1939 and commissioned as HMCS Assiniboine I18. She arrived in Halifax on 19 Nov 1939. Assigned to the America and West Indies Station, she left for Jamaica on 05 Dec 1939 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 31 Mar 1940, and was employed there as a local escort until 15 Jan 1941, when she sailed for the U.K. to join EG 10, Greenock. With the formation of Newfoundland Command in Jun 1941, "Bones" was allocated to it for mid-ocean escort service. While thus employed with convoy SC.94, on 06 Aug 1942, she rammed and sank U 210, necessitating repairs at Halifax from 29 Aug to 20 Dec 1942. Not long after her return to service, while on passage to Londonderry on 02 Mar 1943, she attacked a U-boat with depth charges set too shallow, causing serious damage to her stern. Repairs were effected at Liverpool from 07 Mar to 13 Jul 1943, when she joined EG C-1 of MOEF. In Apr 1944, she returned to Canada for refit at Shelburne, N.S., and on 01 Aug 1944 arrived at Londonderry to become a member of EG 12 and, a few weeks later, EG 11. In Dec 1944 she was loaned to EG 14, Liverpool, and remained with it until VE-Day. She returned to Canada in Jun 1945, and, after brief employment as a troop transport, was paid off 08 Aug 1945. On 10 Nov 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 on the wreck site in 1952.

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Edmond Rollo Mainguy, RCN - 19 Oct 1939 - 02 Apr 1940

Commodore George Clarence Jones, RCN - 03 Apr 1940 - 15 Sep 1940

Capt Cuthbert Robert Holland Taylor, RCN - 16 Sep 1940 - 29 Oct 1940

Commodore Leonard Warren Murray, RCN - 30 Oct 1940 - 11 Feb 1941

A/LCdr John Hamilton Stubbs, RCN - 12 Feb 1941 - 01 Oct 1942

Lt Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN - 02 Oct 1942 - 01 Dec 1942

Cdr Ernest Patrick Tisdall, RCN - 02 Dec 1942 - 10 Feb 1943

Cdr Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN - 11 Feb 1943 - 08 Jun 1943

A/LCdr Robert Philip Welland, DSC, RCN - 09 Jun 1943 - 07 Jul 1943

Cdr Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN - 08 Jul 1943 - 30 Sep 1943

A/LCdr Robert Phillip Welland, DSC, RCN - 01 Oct 1943 - 13 Oct 1944

A/LCdr Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN - 14 Oct 1944 - 21 Feb 1945

Cdr Edgar Lorne Armstrong, RCN - 22 Feb 1945 - 08 Aug 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

FORWARD, Albert Edward

AB, V/2256, RCNVR

killed - 16 Apr 1941 

HORNBY, Lloyd Kempton

OS, V/18423, RCNVR

DOW - 05 Aug 1942 

WATSON, Kenneth William

OS, 4354, RCN

DOW - 06 Aug 1942 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aucoin, Milton A.

____-2000

Banfield, Nelson Ralph

1917-2007

Barron, Ian James

1921-2013

Bonney, Charlie Fredrick

____-2014

Brunet, J.A. David

____-2005

Budge, Patrick David

1904-1998

Bushen, Lee Palmer

____-2009

C-D

Campbell, William Franklin

See HMCS Louisburg

Derbyshire, William Stephen

1913-2010

Dickson, Stanley Philp

1917-2008

E-F

Evans, Harold William

____-2014

Ferguson, John Rolfe

1916-2008

Forsythe, Arthur

____-____

G-H

Gray, Ernest Lawrence

1924-2008

Green, Allan Miles

1925-2014

Harvey, William James

See HMCS Margaree

Hawley, John

1920-1975

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien

1918-2014

6th and 12th Commanding Officer

I-J

Ireland, Alexander Doug

1922-2010

Jones, George Clarence

1895-1946

2nd Commanding Officer

M-N

McKee, William

1925-2012

O-P

Piers, Desmond William

1913-2005

Q-R

Rhydderch, Rhys

____-2013

Rolston, Keith

____-2013

S-T

Stearn, Arthur David

1921-2015

Stubbs, John Hamilton

See HMCS Athabaskan G07

5th Commanding Officer

Taylor, Cuthbert Robert Holland

1895-____

3rd Commanding Officer

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick

1906-1965

7th Commanding Officer

W-X

 

Welland, Robert Philip

1918-2010

Drafted to HMCS Assiniboine on 02 Apr 1943 as Lt, RCN. 9th and 11th Commanding Officer

 

U-Boats Sunk

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

 

Former Crew Members

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

 

Birch, Trevor, Electrical Artificer, RCNVR

 

Boyer, Frederick John, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1941

 

Burgon, William James, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1944

 

Campbell, Bruce Alexander, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 13 May 1941

 

Chown, Edwin George, RCNVR - 14 Apr 1944

 

Clemens, Steven Albert, A/Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1944

 

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

 

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

 

Garven, Alexander Smith, Slt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1942

 

Greening, Kenneth Norman Haynes, Slt, RCNVR - 31 May 1941

Hadden, George, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1943

 

Hardy, Patrick Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1945

 

Jeckell, Allan Wray, LCdr, RCNVR - 25 May 1943

 

Knowlton, John Grant, Cdr (E), RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Livingstone, Arnold, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1942

 

Mainguy, James Wishart, Slt, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1942

 

Manfield, William Alexander, A/Gnr (T), RCN - 06 May 1940

 

McLean, M.B., Cook - 1940

 

Medland, Morson Alexander (Miff), Lt (G), RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Meredith, Kenneth Elliott, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Jun 1941

Patterson, (??), Cook - 1940

 

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

 

Rayner, Herbert Sharples, Lt (T), RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Rosier, Claude Harry, Lt (E), RCNVR - 15 Jun 1944

 

Ruddle-Browne, Herbert William, Mate, RCNR - 05 Apr 1942

 

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

 

Stirling, Michael Grote, Lt, RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Stubbs, William James, Lt, RCN - 02 Apr 1940

 

Sutherland, Hugh John Gunn, Wt/Mech, RCN - 01 May 1940

 

Wright, Eric Nicholas Henry, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Jun 1944

 

Young, Frank Malcolm, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 30 Jun 1944

 

 

Photos and documents

 

 

Links

 

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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