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HMS Hero H99


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Biscay  1944



Laid down: 28 Feb 1935

Launched: 10 Mar 1936

Commissioned: 23 Oct 1936

Transferred to RCN:  15 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 15 Nov 1943

Paid off: 17 Aug 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1950


Commissioned on 23 Oct 1936 as HMS Hero, she saw extensive service in the Second World War, including the second Battle of Narvik, Apr 1940; the evacuation of Greece and Crete, Apr and May 1941; and the Syrian invasion, Jun 1941. As a unit of the Mediterranean Fleet, she also took part in the Second Battle of Sirte in Mar 1942, and, in May 1942 and October 1942, shared in the sinking of two U-boats. In Apr 1943, she returned to the U.K. for a major refit at Portsmouth, and there was transferred to the RCN on 15 Nov 1943, becoming HMCS Chaudiere. In Jan 1944, she became a member of EG C-2, MOEF, and on 06 Mar 1944, shared in the destruction of U 744. In May she was assigned to EG 11, Western Approaches Command, for invasion support duty, and was present on D-Day. On 20 and 28 Aug 1944, she assisted in the sinking of U 984, west of Brest, and of U 621 off La Rochelle. During the next three months she was employed in patrol and support duties in the North Atlantic, Bay of Biscay, and English Channel. She returned to Halifax at the end of Nov 1944 for repairs, and a major refit begun at Sydney two months later was still incomplete on VE-Day. Chaudiere was paid off 17 Aug 1945 to reserve at Sydney, and broken up by Dominion Steel at Sydney in 1950.


Photos and Documents


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Charles Patrick Nixon, DSC, RCN - 15 Nov 1943 - 21 Mar 1945

A/LCdr Wilfred. Davenport, RCNR - 22 Mar 1945 - 20 Jun 1945

LCdr G.M. Kaizer, RCNR - 02 Aug 1945 - 12 Aug 1945


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Aldred, Frank Edward


Anderson, Harold


Anderson, Kenneth Wingfield


Boyle, Douglas Seaman


Byway, Arthur Joseph


Served in Chaudiere 12 May 1945 - 03 Jul 1945 as a LS, RCNVR


Ferguson, John Rolfe


Dafted to Chaudiere H99 on 10 Apr 1944 as Paym/Lt, RCNVR

Ferris, Leonard Rowland


Gallagher, Cameron William





Knight, Percy John


Lindal, Bjorn Valtyr Bjossi






McGrath, Harrison Young


Miller, Hugh Theodore


Miller, Julian E.


Nixon, Charles Patrick


1st Commanding Officer



Pullen, Thomas Charles


Served in Chaudiere 1941-1942 as XO






Riley, Harry











Wood, Norman Angus


Served in Chaudiere Jan 1945 - Aug 1945 as a Telegraphist






U-Boats Sunk

U-744 (Oblt Heinz Blischke) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 06 Mar 1944 by HMCS St. Catharine K325, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Gatineau H61, HMCS Fennel K194, HMCS Chaudiere H99, HMS Icarus and HMS Keniworth Castle in position 52-01 N, 22-37 W. Of her crew of 51, there were 40 survivors

U-621 sunk on 18 Aug 1944 by HMCS Ottawa H31, HMCS Kootenay H75 and HMCS Chaudiere H99 in position 45-52N, 02-36 W

U-984 sunk on 20 Aug 1944 by HMCS Ottawa H31, HMCS Kootenay H75 and HMCS Chaudiere H99 in position 42-20 N, 51-39 W


Former Crew Members

Baburek, Christian Stephen, Lt (E), RCNVR - 24 Apr 1945


Berry, Allan Crapper, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Coates, John Anthony, Slt, RCN - 21 Jul 1944


Davenport, Wilfred, A/LCdr, RCNR - 22 Mar 1945

Gillman, Reginald Vernon, RCNVR - 29 May 1945


Haggett, William, Lt, RCNVR - 22 May 1945


Hyndman, Harry Harland, Lt, RCN - 15 Apr 1944


MacDonald, Donald Lyon, Lt (E), RCNVR - 12 Jun 1945

Raymond, Jules Wilfred Clement, Lt, RCNR - 02 May 1945


Russell, Delbert F., Slt, RCNVR - 16 Apr 1945


Whalley, Arthur George Cuthbert, LCdr, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1945


Photos and Documents


HMCS Chaudiere H99 - date unknown

From the collection of Eldred Morton Smith

Courtesy of Paul Smith

HMCS Chaudiere H99

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Gun crews at readiness aboard the destroyer HMCS Chaudiere, Britain, 07 Jan 1944

Source: Lt Richard G. Arless / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-143938

HMCS Chaudiere H99 at Sydney, NS circa Jun-Jul 1945

From the collection of Marcel Chasse

Courtesy of Robert Chasse