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HMCS Kootenay H75

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-45,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel  1944,   Biscay  1944



Laid down: 21 Jun 1931

Launched: 07 Jun 1932

Commissioned: 04 Apr 1933

Transferred to RCN: 12 Apr 1943

Commissioned: 12 Apr 1943

Paid off: 26 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap in 28 Jan 1946 


Built at Southampton, England, she was commissioned on 04 Apr 1933 as HMS Decoy, and at the outbreak of the war was with the 21st Destroyer Flotilla, East Indies Fleet. The flotilla was transferred later that month to the Mediterranean and in Jan 1940, to the South Atlantic. Decoy was reassigned in May 1940, to the Mediterranean Fleet, and on 13 Nov 1940 was damaged by bombs at Alexandra, requiring ten weeks' repairs at Malta. While in the Mediterranean she took part in the evacuation of Greece and Crete, and in the supply run to Tobruk. Then assigned to the Eastern Fleet in Jan 1942, she returned to Britain in Sep 1942 for a major refit at Jarrow-on-Tyne. There, on 12 Apr 1943, she was transferred to the RCN as Kootenay, and after working up at Tobermory, was assigned to EG C-5, MOEF. In May 1944, she became a member of EG 11 and was present on D-Day. In succeeding months she carried out patrols in the Channel and the Bay of Biscay, and while thus engaged took part in the sinking of U 678, 06 Jul 1944, south of Brighton; U 621, 18 Aug 1944, off La Rochelle; and U 984, 20 Aug 1944, west of Brest. She sailed for Shelburne, N.S., in mid-Sep 1944, for a major refit, returning to the U.K. in the spring of 1945. Following workups at Tobermory she operated out of Plymouth until the end of May, then returned to Canada, where she made six round trips as a troop transport between Newfoundland and Quebec City. She was paid off into reserve at Sydney on 26 Oct 1945, and in 1946 sold for scrapping.


Photos and Documents            Ship's company photos


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Kenneth Lloyd Dryer, DSC, RCN - 12 Apr 1943 - 28 Mar 1944

A/LCdr William Herbert Willson, DSC, RCN - 29 Mar 1944 - 26 Oct 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

MacCORKINDALE, Robert John

Ordnance Artificer, V/39411, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Feb 1944 

MacDOUGALL, Elton West

Stoker, V/12820, RCNVR

killed - 14 Jun 1943 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Angus, Ian


Drafted to Kootenay 12 Apr 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR

Berry, Peter Cushing


Drafted to Kootenay H00 on 16 Feb 1944 as Slt, RCNVR, Gunnery Officer

Brown, Gerald Anthony





Campbell, William Burton


Carroll, David Russell


Coleman, Geoff


Duce, Rex


Served in Kootenay 1944 - 1945

Dyer, Kenneth Lloyd


1st Commanding Officer


Everett, Alfred William


Drafted to Kootenay 04 Dec 1944 as Lt, RCN

Fairney, Daniel Hugh


Forster, Dennis Thompson


Drafted to Kootenay 12 Apr 1943 as Lt (E), RCN

Freeman, Russell




Glasser, Anton Andrew


Gray, William Henderson


Hayhurst, William Henry


Heffer, Clifford Waldo




Jaeger, Albert







Kusick, Alexander


Latter, Edward Joseph Paul


Served in Kootenay in 1944 as a LS

Lloyd, Evan Sidney


Drafted to Kootenay 01 Apr 1944 as Paym-Lt, RCNVR




MacFarlane, George A.D


Martyn, Donald Murray


Morningstar, L. Douglas


Nordlund, Hough Arnold




Porter, Henry Allan


Commissioning crew as Slt






Collins, Robert Cecil







Thompson, Claude Ranson


Thompson, Joseph Victor


Thomson, James





White, William Albert


Served in Kootenay in 1944 as a PO.Ck






U-Boats Sunk

U-678 (Oblt Guido Hyronimus) a VIIC Type U-Boat, sunk on 06 Jul 1944 by HMCS Ottawa H31, HMCS Kootenay H75 and HMS Statice in position 50-32 N, 00-23 W. There were no survivors of her crew of 52.

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

Boutilier, Gilbert, AB (of Glace Bay, NS) - 1944


Comber, Douglas - 1940 (alive and well in 2019) 


Cooke, Murray Hamel, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Crowell, Seth, LS (of Amherst, NS) - 1944


Dobell, Alfred Martin, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944


Eliott, William Jackson, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943


Emsley, Charles D., CPO (of Rockingham, NS) - 1944


Fleming, Francis, AB (of Halifax, NS) - 1944

Freeman, Russell, Cd/Gnr (T), RCN - 30 Mar 1943 (Stand by) / 12 Apr 1943


Graham, Roscoe Barry, Slt (E), RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943


Hadrill, Peter Geoffrey, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945


Heisler, Arthur, AB (of Dartmouth, NS) - 1944


Hutton, Robert Barclay, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945


Jestley, Lyle Hilliard, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1945


Lloyd, Evan Sidney, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944


Lockhart, William, AB (of Avonport, NS) - 1944


MacDonald, Frank Van Evary, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943


McCarthy, Malcolm George, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1944


McDonald, Arthur Hathaway, Slt, RCN - 12 Apr 1943


Molson, Percival Tlbot, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943


Skelton, Peter H., Midshipman, RCNVR - Aug 1943 for training. Appointed SLt 15 Feb 1944 (Navy List Jul 1944)


Tidmarsh, William Wendell, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945


Twining, Russell Conrell, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943


Yeorger, Harold Louis, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1945


Photos and Documents


HMCS Kootenay H75

Source: MOD Foxhill - FL 11211

View from HMCS Kootenay, which has fired Hedgehog charges during the action in which Escort Group 11 sank the German submarine U-621, 18 Aug 1944. HMCS Ottawa is visible in the background.

Source: Lt Richard Graham Arless / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-190084

HMCS Kootenay H75, date unknown

Courtesy of Steve Rowland

HMCS Kootenay H75

From the collection of HJ Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

Sparkers on HMCS Kootenay H75 - 1943

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"What a mess"

Crew members of HMCS Kootenay - 1943

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough


Harry Hayhurst (left) and Rex Duce on HMCS Kootenay H75 holding a pail marked H/F D/F

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough


Webmaster's note: this must have been one of those highly secretive pieces of equipment we kept hidden from the Germans

HMCS Kootenay H75 working up in the North Atlantic

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"Kootenay Mates"

Crew members of HMCS Kootenay H75 relaxing on the uppers

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"Kootenay Mates"

A group shot of a few of HMCS Kootenay H75's crew

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

British Sloop

Photo taken from HMCS Kootenay H75

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"Kootenay in Newfie"

HMCS Kootenay H75 at St. John's, Nfld

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Nova Scotian crew members of HMCS Kootenay H75

The Halifax Chronicle 30 Sep 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury


Front L-R: AB George MacFarlane, Pictou;  CPO Charles D. Emsley, Rockingham; Pay-Lt Evan Lloyd, Halifax; AB Francis Fleming, Halifax

Rear L-R: AB William Lockhart, Avonport; LS Seth Crowell, Amherst; AB Gilbert Boutilier, Glace Bay; PO Cook William A. White, Halifax; LS Edward Latter, Halifax; AB Arthur Heisler, Dartmouth