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HMCS FRASER H48

HMCS Fraser on 22 Jun 1940, shortly before her loss

From the flickr photo collection of Don Gorham

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Battle honours and Awards:  Atlantic  1939-40

 

 

Laid down: 01 Dec 1930

Launched: 29 Sep 1931

Commissioned: 15 Apr 1932

Transferred to RCN: 20 Oct 1936

Commissioned: 17 Feb 1937

Sunk: 25 Jun 1940

 

Commissioned on 15 Apr 1932 as HMS Crescent, she was purchased by the RCN on 20 Oct 1936. Fraser was commissioned on 17 Feb 1937, at Chatham, U.K. She arrived at Esquimalt on 03 May 1937 and was stationed on the west coast until the outbreak of the war. In the summer of 1938, HMCS Skeena, HMCS Fraser, HMCS Saguenay and HMCS St. Laurent paid a port visit to San Diego as part of the spring training cruise. Ordered to Halifax, Fraser arrived on 15 Sep 1939 and, like her sisters, was put to work as local escort to ocean convoys out of Halifax. In Nov 1939 Fraser was transferred to operational control of the RN's America and West Indies Station, but continued to be based at Halifax until ordered in Mar 1940, to join Jamaica Force for Caribbean patrol service. On 26 May 1940 she left Bermuda for the U.K., arriving at Plymouth on 03 Jun 1940 for a minor refit in which her torpedo tubes were removed and AA guns mounted. A participant in the evacuation of France, she was returning to Plymouth from St. Jean de Luz with HMCS Restigouche and the cruiser HMS Calcutta. While sailing towards Bordeaux, still in the Girone River estuary, with a destroyer on each bow of HMS Calcutta, line ahead was ordered and Fraser on Calcutta's starboard bow, turned to port intending to turn inward and run down the cruiser's starboard side. Calcutta thought she intended to cross her bow and run down the port side and she therefore turned to starboard and in the poor visibility sheered through Fraser's forecastle sinking her with a loss of 65 of her crew. Most survivors went to HMCS Margaree and were lost when she sunk after a collision with MV Port Fairy, 22 Oct 1940.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Victor Gabriel Brodeur, CB, CBE, RCN - 17 Feb 1937 - 24 Mar 1937

Cdr Howard Emerson Reid, CB, RCN - 25 Mar 1937 - 31 Aug 1938

Cdr Wallace Bourchier Creery, CBE, RCN - 01 Sep 1938 - 25 Jun 1940

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

ARCHER, Arthur Ernest

LS, 2560, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

BARRETT, Osbourne Gordon

CPO, VA, 40392, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

BAXTER, Richard Alexander

PO, 2570, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

BEVINGTON, Sidney

PO, D/J 103378, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

BISSON, George Paul

Sto 1c, 21584, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

BODGER, Richard Roy

PO, 2156, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

BROWN, Hugh Smith

Shipwright, 40461, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CALL, George J.

Sto PO, 21313, RCN

DOW - 04 Jul 1940

CARLTON, Douglas Anson

AB, 3290, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CAROLAN, Robert Emmett

Sto 1c, 21483, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CHISOLM, Frederick D.

OS, D/JX 179370, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CLARK, Frank

OS, D/JX 179367, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CLARK, John Richardson

OS, 3431, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CLARKE, William

OS, 3276, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

CONWAY, Archibald Henry W.

LS, 2259, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

COOK, John Edward

Sto 1c, 21488, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

COX, Richard H.

OS, D/JX 179361, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

DAVIES, Leonard L.

OS, D/JX 188660, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

EDWARDS, Edward

OS, D/JX 188749, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

ELLIS, Verdun G.

OS, D/JX 188671, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

FECTEAU, Ernest

Ch OA, 21180, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

FORD, Malgwyn Charles

AB, 2669, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

Served in Fraser 22 Jan 1937 - 14 Apr 1938 and 17 Jan 1939 - 25 Jun 1940 as an AB, RCN

GAGNON, William Miller

Sto 1c, 21485, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

GILL, James

OS, D/JX 188663, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

HICKS, Earl Cameron

PO Ck(S), 40396, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

HINDS, Edward

OS, D/JX 179349, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

JOHNSTON, James McKinley

AB, 2802, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

JONES, Glyn

OS, D/JX, 187980, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

KELLY, John Richard

AB, 3099, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

KEMPSON, Walter M.

OS, D/JX 188730, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

KENNEDY, Archibald

AB, 3011, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

KENNEDY, Robert Makin

AB, 3230, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

KOWBEL, Harry

AB, 3293, RCN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

LEATHERBY, Frederick E.

LS, D/JX 136867, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

LEVICK, Cyril L.

L/SA, D/MX 52017, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

LEVINE, Reginald L.

OS, D/JX 187873, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

LOGAN, Clifford Melvin

AB, 2817, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MACKLIN, Franklin George

L/Sig, 2536, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MARCOTTE, Joseph Leo Paul

AB, 2161, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MARKS, Walter H.

OS, D/JX 188717, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MARR, David

PO Tel, 2185, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MCDOWELL, Andrew Vincent

Sto 2c, V300, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MCGIBNEY, Frank

EA 4c, 40569, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MCLACHLAN, George Hallern

Sto 2c, 21612, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MILLER, Lloyd Gregory

AB, 3259, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MITCHELL, Donald William

OS, 3424, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MOORE, Arthur James

Yeoman of Signals, 2258, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MORE, Andrew

AB, V9314, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

MORRIS, Raymond H.

OS, D/JX 188759, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

PADDON, James Weymuth

AB, 2730, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

PAUL, Gordon Mckenzie

AB, V16007, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

POMEROY, Alfred J.

CPO, D/J 51975, RN

killed - 25 Jun 1940

PRATT, William Russell

AB, V16013, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

PRICE, John Roberts

CPO, 2082, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

REES, Henry V.

OS, D/JX 187981, RN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

ROSS, William Garfield

Sto PO., V10019, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

SAUNDERS, Arthur Robert

AB, 41047, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

SCIBAN, Henry Albert

AB, 3097, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

SENYK, Steven

Sto 2c, 21638, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

SMITH, Charles Dunsmore

OS, 3307, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

SWINDLEHURST, John C.

OSig, V7559, RCNVR

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

WAGAR, Donald Frank

AB, 2896, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

WATT, Thomas

Sto PO, 21232, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

WESTCOTT, James Herbert

AB, 2237, RCN

died - 06 Nov 1939

WHITE, Donald Harrison

OS, 3502, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

 

WRIGHT, Richard Christopher F.

Sto 2c, 21608, RCN

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anslow, John R.B.

____-2009

Bak, Boley Hubert

1915-2012

Baker, Thomas Morley

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

While serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Banfield, Nelson Ralph

1917-2007

Beaucamp, Gerald Joseph C.

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

While serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Boileau, Joseph Phileas L.

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Brebber, John Grant

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Burnett, John Henry

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

C-D

Calder, William Allen

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Clarke, Ralph Leslie

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Cole, John Ward

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Cosh, Digby Rex Bell

Killed - 24 Jun 1944

in flying accident while serving ashore at HMCS Niobe, Scotland

Crane, Alan Creighton

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Crisp, Nelson William

____-1983

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Cunningham, Edward Arnott

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

De Costa, Edward Lawrence

1918-2013

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

Derbyshire, William Stephen

1913-2010

Domeier, Eric Curt

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Donaldson, William

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Doyle, Peter Maurice

1919-2003

Draper, Herbert Lorimer

killed - 21 Jul 1943

while serving in

HMCS The Pas

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

E-F

Fee, Roland Alonzo Burr

1911-1995

Served in Fraser 23 Jan 1934 - 31 Dec 1938 as a L/V.A. RCN; and 01 Jan 1939 - 15 May 1939 as a V.PO, RCN

Ferguson, Robert Scott

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Fleming, Ronald Joseph

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Francis, James Augustine

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Frayer, Donald Lauren

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

G-H

Goldsmith, William Edward

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Groos, Harold Victor William

1912-1987

Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as Lt, RCN

Guttridge, Neville Howard

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Hanson, Brian Aldom

1921-2003

Survived the sinking of Fraser

Harvey, William James

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Heiberg, Kenneth G.

MPK - 13 Sep 1942

while serving in

HMCS Ottawa H60

Heycock, Selwyn Reese

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Holland, Cedric Mathewson

1908-1993

Served in Fraser in 1937

Holloway, Arthur George

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Holms, William Boyd Love

____-1989

Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as LCDR, RCN, XO

I-J

Jones, Ackland Hubert

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Jones, Alfred Ernest

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

K-L

Kelly, James George

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Kyle, Kenneth Harvey

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Lamb, Thomas Henry

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Landymore, William Moss

1916-2008

Drafted to Fraser H48 06 Mar 1940 as Lt, RCN. Survived the sinking of Fraser

Latter, Edward Joseph Paul

1920-2014

Lemieux, Joseph Edward

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Lewis, Bernard Arthur

Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as Gnr (T), RCN.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

M-N

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Fraser in 1937

Mackie, Ronald

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Mara, John Joseph

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Mann, Clement Cecil Wallace

1911-2005

Matthews, Thomas H.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

McAlister, William James

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

McMurtry, Alexander Eric

Drafted to Fraser 12 Feb 1940 as Slt, RCNVR.

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

McNally, William Holland

1913-1995

Served in Fraser pre-WW2

McNeney, James Robert

Served in Fraser 22 Apr 1938 - 28 Oct 1938 as an OS, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Meadows, Charles Blackburn

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Miller, James Bertram

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Mills, Frederick John

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Murray, Wallace Haig

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Mylrea, Russell Edward

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

O-P

Olson, Ole Adrian

Survived sinking of Fraser. 

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Overy, Ernest Kenneth

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Petts, Clifford

Was on leave from Fraser when she was sunk.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Pope, Rufus Campbell

Drafted to Fraser 20 Feb 1940 as Lt, RCNVR.

Survived sinking of Fraser. 

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

Q-R

Reid, Howard Emmerson

1897-1962

2nd Commanding Officer

Rowse, Edward Grant

Survived sinking of Fraser. 

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

S-T

Skinner, Edward Lomas

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Smith, George Burnett

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Smith, Robert

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Smithson, David Baker

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Snowsell, Ernest Walter

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Stark, Horace Garner

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Tisdall, Ernest Patrick

1906-1965

Drafted to Fraser 17 Feb 1937 as Lt (G), RCN

Todos, William

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

U-V

Underwood, John Comber

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

 

W-Z

Watkins, Harry

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Webb, Horace Merle

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Webb, Valentine Gordon

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Wight, Allan Ernest

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Willis, Daniel Curtis

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Wood, Stanley Edmondson

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Young, Alfred

Survived the sinking of Fraser.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Knowlton, John Grant, LCdr (E), RCN - 01 Feb 1937 (Stand by) / 17 Feb 1937

Laman, Albert Curil Kirkland, Lt (E), RN

McLean, Timothy Blair, A/Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1940

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Fraser H48

Photo's from the Flickr collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Fraser H48 at Nanoose Bay, BC

From the collection of John James Ashworth Clarke

Courtesy of Eric Clarke

HMCS Fraser H48 at Victoria,BC

From the collection of John James Ashworth Clarke

Courtesy of Eric Clarke

HMCS Fraser's mascot - date unknown

From the collection of Malgwyn Ford

Courtesy of Jerry Ford

Sailors in 9 Mess, HMCS Fraser H48 - Malgwyn Ford on right with no shirt

From the collection of Malgwyn Ford

Courtesy of Jerry Ford

Crossing the Equator on HMCS Fraser H48 - date unknown

From the collection of Malgwyn Ford

Courtesy of Jerry Ford

HMCS Fraser H48 iced up

From the collection of Malgwyn Ford

Courtesy of Jerry Ford

LTO Malgwyn Ford, HMCS Fraser H48, San Diego 1938

From the collection of Malgwyn Ford

Courtesy of Jerry Ford

HMCS Fraser H48

Photo's from the Flickr collection of Ron Bell

Memorial to those who died when HMCS Fraser K48 was sunk

From the collection of Arthur Gordon Banfield

Courtesy of Gordon Rhymes

HMCS Fraser H48

From the collection of Wilfred Bowen

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

HMCS Fraser H48 leaving Esquimalt Harbour 1937

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

In happier times - HMCS Fraser sailors Seaman Kenneth Kyle (right) and friend Willie (Dan Willis)

"Farewell to Seattle"

From the collection of Kenneth Kyle

Courtesy of Maureen Pepin

 

Webmaster's note:  It is believed that "Willie" in this photo is Seaman Dan Willis.  Both Ken and Dan survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser but were both lost when HMCS Margaree was sunk.  Below is an excerpt from a unknown newspaper.

 

"Netha Silver and Thelma Mc Donald, two Halifax girls, heard together the news that their fiances were missing. Dan Willis, of Hanna, Alta., and Ken Kyle, of Moose Jaw, had planned to be married in a double wedding when the Margaree arrived in port. Archie Kennedy, of Victoria, B.C., who was to have been best man, died in the Fraser sinking, which the two other sailors survived."

 

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