HMCS Giffard K402



Laid down: 30 November 1942

Launched: 19 June 1943 as HMS Buddleia

Transferred to the RCN: 1943

Commissioned: 10 November 1943

Paid off: 5 July 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1952


Named for a Quebec village, she was originally laid down as HMS Buddleia but was transferred to the RCN and commissioned on November 10, 1943, at Aberdeen. After working-up at Tobermory Giffard joined EG C-1 at Londonderry and on February 15, 1944, sailed to join her first convoy, ON.224. On May 7 she rescued 49 survivors of the torpedoed Valleyfield, and the following week resumed her duties as an ocean escort until November 27, when she left Halifax for Liverpool, N.S., to undergo a major refit. Completed in March, 1945, this was followed by workups in Bermuda, when she arrived in St. John's on April 15, to be employed locally until  her departure on May 13 with convoy HX.335 for the U.K. Giffard left Greenock early in June on her final westward voyage, was paid off on July 5 and laid up at Sorel to await disposal. She was broken up in 1952 in Hamilton. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr C. Peterson, RCNR  -  10 Nov 43 - 09 May 44

Lt G.H. Matheson, RCNR  -  10 May 44 - 05 Jul 45


     In Memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

LANGTON, Thomas L, Stoker, V/43004 (RCNVR), MPK - 11 June 1944

OTTAWAY, Eric S, Stoker 1c, V/46481 (RCNVR), died - 24 July 1944 / Memorial


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten





(Photos and Documents)


RCN Memories:


Former Crew Members

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