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HMCS RESTIGOUCHE H00

HMCS Restigouche H00

HMS Comet

Follow the light

 

Laid down: 13 Sep 1930

Launched: 30 Sep 1931

Commissioned: 02 Jun 1932

Transferred to RCN: 15 Jun 1938

Commissioned: 15 Jun 1938

Paid off: 05 Oct 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1946

 

Built by the Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, UK, she was commissioned on 02 Jun 1932 as HMS Comet. She was purchased at the same time as Ottawa and commissioned as Restigouche at Chatham, U.K., on 15 Jun 1938. Like her sister, she arrived at Esquimalt 07 Nov 1938, and left for Halifax 15 Nov 1939. She performed local escort duties from that port until 24 May 1940, when she left for Plymouth, Upon arriving there on 31 May 1940 Restigouche was assigned to Western Approaches Command. On 11 Jun 1940, Restigouche took part in the evacuation of St. Valery and came under shore fire. While assisting in the evacuation of the French ports she rescued survivors of Fraser. She left Liverpool at the end of August for a brief refit at Halifax, returning to the U.K. in Jan 1941. In Jun 1941, "Rustyguts" was allocated to Newfoundland Command, and in Apr 1943, became a member of EG C-4, in the interval toiling ceaselessly as a mid-ocean escort. On 13 Dec 1941, she suffered storm damage en route to join convoy ON.44, and extensive repairs were carried out at Greenock. From 12 Aug 1943 to 17 Dec 1943, she underwent refit at Jarrow-on-Tyne, England. She was allocated to EG 12 in May 1944, for invasion duties, including D-Day, and afterward carried out Channel and Biscay patrols from her base at Plymouth. HMCS Restigouche participated in operation "Dredger" against German escort vessels at the U-boat meeting points off Brest and southward. During the night of 5/6 Jul the 12th EG, comprising of Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Skeena and Restigouche, attacked 3 patrol boats off Brest: V715 was sunk but not before hitting Qu'Appelle and Saskatchewan many times with small calibre gunfire. She returned to Canada in Sep 1944, for a major refit at Saint John, N.B. and Halifax, and upon completion proceeded to Bermuda for working up. Returning to Halifax on 14 Feb 1945, she performed various local duties, and after VE-Day was employed for three months bringing home military personnel from Newfoundland. Paid off on 05 Oct 1945, she was sold for scrap in 1945 to Foundation Maritime and was broken up in Halifax the next year.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr William Boyd Love Holms, RCN - 15 Jun 1938 - 25 Dec 1939

Cdr Horatio Nelson Lay, RCN - 26 Dec 1939 - 23 Jun 1941

Lt David Walter Groos, RCN - 24 Jun 1941 - 29 Jun 1941

LCdr Desmond (Debbie) William Piers, RCN - 30 Jun 1941 - 05 Jun 1943

A/LCdr David Walter Groos, RCN - 06 Jun 1943 - 03 Dec 1944

LCdr Philip Edward Haddon, RCN - 04 Dec 1944 - 15 Apr 1945

LCdr Ronald James Herman, OBE, RCNR - 16 Apr 1945 - 06 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

BURNFIELD, George William

AB, 3315, RCN

died - 25 Jun 1940

Drowned taking part in HMCS Fraser crew rescue

HAMILTON, Delmar

PO Supply, V6457, RCNVR

died - 01 Oct 1944 

JEWETT, George Sidney

CPO, 2227, RCN

MPK - 04 Oct 1944 

SORENSEN, Svend Solberg

O.A. 4c, V12678, RCNVR

MPK - 28 Nov 1942

Lost at sea - washed overboard

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Acton, Raymond Alexander

1922-2012

Baker, Terrance

1921-2015

Barrick, Geoffrey

1912-1998

Drafted to Restigouche 20 Apr 1943 as a Gunner, RCN

Benjamin, Carman Luther

____-2001

Bianco, Anthony Dominic

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

while serving in

HMCS Athabaskan G07

Bojarksi, Frank Joseph

1918-2013

Bonnar, James Stuart

1922-2013

Bryant (Broski), Peter

1924-2007

Bullock, Harold Lorne

died - 20 Apr 1942

while serving in

HMCS Barrie K138

Burton, Raymond

____-2012

Served in Restigouche 04 Sep 1945 - 05 Oct 1945 as an AB

Butler, Cedric Edward

1924-2009

Buzza, Percival Charles

1924-2006

 

 

 

C-D

Charles, John Alexander

1918-2010

Chilcott, Frederick Newton

1911-1975

Served in Restigouche 1942 - 1944

Cook, David Harold

1913-2007

Cosh, Digby Rex Bell

Died: 24 Jun 1944

Critchley, Ronald William

1919-2013

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

Curliss, George O.

1924-2003

Derbyshire, William Stephen

1913-2010

Doyle, Peter Maurice

1919-2003

Dunbar, Hugh C.

____-____

E-F

Elford, Clyde Henry

1920-2016

Feesey, Arthur Henry

1922-2013

Fiddes, Guy Irving

____-2013

Forster, Dennis Thompson

1916-2005

Drafted to Restigouche 18 May 1941 as Lt (E), RCN

Froats, Donald MacRae

MPK - 13 Sep 1942

while serving in

HMCS Ottawa H60

G-H

Gray, William Henderson

1919-2004

Harvey, William James

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

Heathorn, Arthur John

Served in Restigouche in 1940

MPK - 24 Sep 1942

while serving in

HMS Somali 33

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien

1918-2014

Heron, William Carlton

____-1988

Served in Restigouche in 1940 as S.B.A.

Hibbard, James Calcutt

1908-1996

Drafted to Restigouche 16 Jun 1938 at Lt, RCN

Higgs, Herbert G.

1923-2004

Holms, William Boyd Love

____-1989

1st Commanding Officer

Hughes, Donald Clarence

____-1999

 

I-J

Jervis, William David

1916-2002

 

 

 

 

K-L

Latter, Edward Joseph Paul

1920-2014

  

Laurie, Douglas T.

1919-2013

Lawrence, James

____-1973

Served in Restigouche Nov 1940 - May 1941

Lay, Horatio Nelson

1903-1988

 

M-N

MacDonald, John Stuart

Served in Comet 08 Jun 1938 - 30 Jun 1938. Served in Restigouche 01 Jul 1938 - 11 Oct 1938 as a Sto 1c and A/L/Sto, RCN.

MPK - 31 Jan 1942

while on board

HMS Belmont

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Restigouche in 1940 as Engineering Officer

Machattie, Frederick G.F.

____-2002

Drafted to Restigouche on 23 May 1940 as Surg/Lt, RCNVR

Macklin, Franklin George

MPK - 25 Jun 1940

while serving in

HMCS Fraser H48

Malott, Earl

1922-1997

Martin, William Patrick

1915-2008

Matthews, Charles James

1915-2012

Matthews, Thomas H.

MPK - 22 Oct 1940

while serving in

HMCS Margaree H49

May, George Edward

Stoker PO, RCNR

MPK - 14 Oct 1942

while taking passing aboard

S.S. Caribou

Myatt, Orent

1920-2017

Drafted to Restigouche 02 Dec 1942 as a CPO

O-P

Paige, Leslie Arthur Coope

____-1952

Served in Restigouche 1940-1941 as PO Gunner

Piers, Desmond William

1913-2005

Powell, Robert Montagu

1914-2004

Drafted to Restigouche 27 Jan 1944 as LCdr, RCNVR

 

 

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Ralph, George

MPK - 07 May 1944

while serving in

HMCS Valleyfield

RayBould, Henry

1916-1986

Served in Restigouche in 1940

Reeves, Cecil Edward

____-1989

04 Nov 1940 - 25 Sep 1941 as an AB, RCNVR

Richardson, Charles Edward

____-1984

Served in Restigouche in 1940 as Gunner, RCN

Robertson, Theodore M.

Served in Restigouche 02 Jul 1938 - 28 Jul 1939 as a Sto 2c & Sto 1c, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Ruttan, John G.

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S-T

Sandberg, John Halvard

1917-2008

Senior, James Albert

1907-1976

Served in Restigouche Apr 1940 - Dec 1940 as Chief Sto P.O., RCN

Shaver, Delbert Frederick

1924-2011

Served in Restigouche 16 Feb 1944- 30 Sep 1944

Shillington, Alexander Merrill

1922-2016

Smedley, Charles Stanley

1910-1969

Smith, Eldred Morton

1924-2001

Somers, Murray Francis

1922-2006

Spicer, Wylie Carlyle

1920-2003

St. Pierre, Frank

1920-2013

Stone, George Alfred

1921-2007

Swanson, Harry

____-1974

 

 

 

 

U-V

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

Served in Restigouche as Yeoman of Signals, RCN

 

 

 

 

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Waterhouse, Joseph Alban

1911-1991

Served in Restigouche Jul 1942 - Jan 1943

Watson, Horace William

Served in Restigouche 30 Dec 1939 - 07 Jul 1941 as an AB / A/LS, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

Webb, Frederick Arthur Henry

____-1992

Wigmore, Robert Arthur

____-2003

 

 

Former Crew Members

Agnew, Sam - Dec 1940

 

Allen, L.J. 

 

Askin, Alfred - Dec 1940

 

Blair, D. 

 

Bullen, George, Lt/Paym, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944

 

Brown, George Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 24 May 1940

 

Burns, Charles P. Cox'n - Dec 1940

 

Cameron, John David, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 31 Mar 1942

 

Candy, Arthur - 1940

 

Chapman, George William, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jul 1941

 

Christianson, R. 

 

Coates, John Anthony, Slt, RCN - 10 Mar 1945

 

Currie, John, Sto - Dec 1940

 

Dalphere ?? Daliphere??, L.A. - Dec 1940

 

Dicks, W. 

 

Dodds, Basil Hugh, Lt (E), RN - 31 May 1938 (Stand by) / 15 Jun 1938

 

Dunne, John Hugh, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Mar 1944

 

Edwards, James Charles Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1943

 

Farish, Henry Greggs, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jun 1943

 

Fearman, Frederick William, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1945

 

Ford, Jazzy, AB - Dec 1940

 

Forster, Dennis Thompson, Lt (E), RCN - 18 May 1941

 

Fraser, Stuart Burbeck, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944

 

Gann, John Herbert Bevington, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Jun 1943

 

Griffin, Frederick Elswood, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1943

Harrison, Robert, Slt, RCNR - 03 Apr 1942

 

Harrison, W. 

 

Hood, G., LS - Dec 1940

 

Howard, E. 

 

Inman, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 23 May 1945

 

Jamieson, Ken, LS - Dec 1940

 

Kelly, A. 

 

King, Albert George, LCdr, RCNR - 04 Apr 1940

 

Livingston, R. 

 

Lowe, L. 

 

MacInnis, H. 

 

MacKinnon, AM 

 

MacLean, John Harris, Lt, NavO, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944 

 

MacGillivray, John, Lt (E), RCN - Jan 1940

 

Mann, James, VA, V25625 - Dec 1940

 

Marcil, Georges, Lt, O-46370, RCNVR - 27 Nov 1944 

 

McCowan, Jack, ABST, 3161 - Dec 1940

 

McCully, William (Wild Bill) Selkirk Taylor, Slt, RCN - 14 May 1940

 

McKay, F. 

 

McPhee, Maurice James, Lt (S), RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

McPherson, Joe, AB - Dec 1940

 

McLaughlin, Thomas Crane, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Morley, E.A., Sto - Dec 1940

 

Mulhern, A.J., QM - Dec 1940 (home town - Red Deer, Alta)

 

Noseworthy, James, L/Sto 2c  (served in HMCS Restigouche from 02 Jun 1943 - 31 Mar 1944 and from 15 Oct 1944 - 14 Dec 1944)

O'Leary, C. 

 

Oliver, Maurice Faulkner, Mate, RCNR - Jan 1941

 

Parkin, William (Bill), RCNVR - 1943

 

Paul, Joseph Morrison, A/Gnr, RCN - 28 May 1942

 

Perry, C. 

 

Potter, William Francis, Lt, O-59830, Torpedo Officer, RCNVR - 04 Dec 1944 

 

Powell, Robert Montague, LCdr, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1944

 

Reinger, D. 

 

Rigby, E.A. 

 

Robb, Murray, PO.ER

 

Roe, James Browning, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Apr 1943

 

Rogers, John Peter, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1943

 

Ross, S.N. 

 

Savard, Clament, Lt, RCN - 27 Jan 1945

 

Shields, Hugh, PO Cook 

 

Skinner, PO

 

Soupey, Gord - Dec 1940

 

Southam, Gordon Thomas, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Apr 1942

 

Stewart, Frank - Dec 1940

 

Thomas, Jack Arthur, Slt (E), RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

 

Thompson, Theo Walter, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1940

 

Toller, Frederick Hughes, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1943

 

Treen, R., LS - Dec 1940

 

Westgate, Arthur Murray, Slt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943

 

White, Melvin F., AB, RCNR - Dec 1939

 

Willmott, Chuck B., CPO, CBM - Dec 1940

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Restigouche H00 with HMCS Ottawa H60 ahead, in the lower chamber, Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal, 18 Apr 1938

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum  Photo # 2002.31.8

HMCS Restigouche H00 circa 1940

Source: Flickr collection of Ron Bell

Unidentified naval ratings painting the destroyer H.M.C.S. RESTIGOUCHE, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 1940

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-104265

 

Note: The sailor on the left has been identified as Cecil E. Reeves.

HMCS Restigouche H00, date unknown

Courtesy of John Hawley

HMCS Restigouche H00 at Plymouth, 1940

Source: Flickr collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Restigouche H00 at Malta

Source: Flickr collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Restigouche, Hamilton, Bermuda

From the World War II collection of James Edward Lowe, RCN

Courtesy of Kathleen Lowe

 

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(1)Petty Officer Cook Hugh Shields, HMCS Restigouche H00  (2) Three crewmembers from HMCS Restigouche H00. Centre - Ordnance Artificer Svend Solberg Sorensen - lost at sea 28 Nov 1942  (3) A few crew on the stern of HMCS Restigouche H00  (4) Unknown aircraft carrier seen from HMCS Restigouche H00  (5) Unknown vessel with landing craft on deck as seen from HMCS Restigouche H00  (6) HMCS Restigouche H00  (7) Corvettes alongside - date and place unknown.  HMS Polyanthus K47 is 2nd from left  (8) Torpedoes away

 

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(9) Unknown sailor on what is believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00  (10) Unknown sailor on what is believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00  (11) Landing Party from an unknown ship, possibly HMCS Restigouche H00  (12) Officers on what is believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00  (13) Unknown sailors - date and place unknown  (14) 

 

From the collection of Eldred Smith

Courtesy of Paul Smith

Maritime Crew Members of HMCS Restigouche H00

Front Row (L-R) - S.N. Ross, L.J. Allen, E.A. Rigby, PO Hugh Shields, O. Myatt, W. Harrison, A. Kelly

Second Row (L-R) - R. Christianson, W. Martin, A.M. MacKinnon, C. Perry, F. McKay, L. Lowe, E. Howard, W. Dicks

Back Row (L-R) - C. O`Leary, R. Livingston, Eldred Morton Smith, D. Reinger, D. Blair, H. MacInnis

 

From the collection of Eldred Smith

Courtesy of Paul Smith

Don on watch on HMCS Restigouche - 1943

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

Don on HMCS Restigouche - 1942

From the collection of Larry Hartman

Courtesy of Ray Hartman

HMCS Restigouche H00

From the collection of Eric Baird

Courtesy of Roger Clarke

HMCS Restigouche H00 - 11 Aug 1940

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

Photo Catalogue #VR1994.38.15

HMCS Restigouche H00, Halifax, 1941

Photo taken from HMCS Baddeck

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

 

  

 

On the Farm

 

(1) William (Bill) Parkin  (2) unknown sailors off HMCS Restigouche H00

 

The 'On the Farm' photos were taken in Hexham, England - the ship was in for repairs and some of the crew spent time working on local farm(s).

 

In photo 2, second sailor from the right has been identified as Herbert G. Higgs, AB, RCNVR

 

From the collection of William Parkin

Courtesy of John Parkin

 

Click here to view a newspaper article on sailors from HMCS Restigouche H00 helping out on local farms

 

Herbert Higgs 3rd from left in newspaper article photo

From the collection of Herbert Higgs

Courtesy of Bob Higgs.

 

Submitted by Bob Higgs - My father, Herbert Higgs, told me that he volunteered to help with the harvest when his ship was in for repairs. They worked alongside Italian P.O.W.s. One of my father's friends was Tony (Antonio Bianco) White. The Canadians were told not to fraternize with the P.O.W.s, but being young men the would leave them packs of cigarettes and Tony would tell my father things to tell the Italians. Once they were reminded not to talk with the Italians, and somebody said he was trying to get information off them.

 

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(1) Single Oerlikon on HMCS Restigouche H00  (2) Looking after on HMCS Restigouche H00 from the crow's nest  (3) Easter Sunday Church service on HMCS Restigouche H00  (4) Ray and Stan on HMCS Restigouche H00  (5) Gun crew on HMCS Restigouche H00 circa 1943  (6) William (Bill) Parkin on HMCS Restigouche H00 circa 1943

 

From the collection of William Parkin

Courtesy of John Parkin

 

HMCS Restigouche H00

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

HMCS Restigouche H00

From the collection of William Holland McNally

Courtesy of Greg McNally

 

HMCS Restigouche postcard from Harry Swanson to his parents

 

From the collection Harry Swanson

Courtesy of Jason Belanger

 

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HMCS Restigouche - Sydney, NS circa Sep-Oct 1945

(1) Ray Burton & Pete Flykow  (2) Pete Flykow & Clem Placeido  (3) Clem Placeido  (4) Clem Placeido  (5) Pete Susiak

 

These photos are from the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

They are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner

 

 

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HMCS Restigouche - Crew at park in Sydney, NS

(1) Raymond Burton and Pete Susiak  (2) Raymond Burton  (3) Pete Susiak and JP  (4) Pete Susiak  (5) JP  (6) JP and Raymond Burton

 

Webmaster's note:  It is not known if these photos were taken while Raymond Burton was serving in HMCS Merrittonia or HMCS Restigouche.  They have been added to the galleries of both ships.

 

These photos are from the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

They are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner

 

 

HMCS Restigouche H00 at Sydney, NS - looking down from the mast - Forward & Aft - circa Sep-Oct 1945

These photos are from the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

They are not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner

 

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(1) Lt Georges Marcil, RCNVR. Lt Marcil was drafted to Restigouche on 27 Nov 1944  (2) Lt John Harris MacLean, NavO, RCNVR. Lt MacLean was drafted to Restigouche on 11 Feb 1944  (3) Lt William Francis Potter, Lt, Torpedo Officer, RCNVR. Lt Potter was drafted to Restigouche on 04 Dec 1944  (4) Unknown sailor on HMCS Restigouche  (5) Ringer, Skinner and Robinson on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Restigouche  (6) Petty Officers Skinner and Robb on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Restigouche  (7) Badge, name tally plate and kisby ring of HMCS Restigouche  (8) Starboard side of the quarterdeck on HMCS Restigouche

 

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(9) Rigby, Coxswain on HMCS Restigouche  (10) Melrose and Seager on HMCS Restigouche  (11) Melrose and Seager (with hat) on HMCS Restigouche (12) Stokers Melrose, unknown and Seager on HMCS Restigouche  (13) Looking forward, port side, from after gun deck of HMCS Restigouche  (14) Isbister as Quartermaster on HMCS Restigouche  (15) PO Murray Robb on HMCS Restigouche  (16) L-R: PO Murray Robb, Ron Critchley and unknown sailor on HMCS Restigouche

 

Note: for photos 10, 11 and 12 with Stokers Melrose and Seager, it is possible that the names might be reversed

 

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(17) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS Restigouche. Ron Critchley, standing 1st on left  (18) Off Watch relaxing on the upper deck on HMCS Restigouche  (19) Ron Critchley sitting on gun barrel on HMCS Restigouche  (20) PO.ER Murray Robb by secondary gun on bridge wing of HMCS Restigouche (21) Sailors between the depth charge rails on HMCS Restigouche: Back: Edmonds, Bremner, Soper, Teeple; Middle: Bowes, Robinson; Front: Wilson (cook)  (22) Sailors between the depth charge rails on HMCS Restigouche - Back: Soper, Teeple;  Middle: Edmonds, Bremner, Bowes, Robinson; Front: Wilson (cook)  (23) Sailors between the depth charge rails on HMCS Restigouche - Back: L-R: Edmonds, Bremner, Robinson, Bowes, Soper, Robb; Front: Ron Critchley (laying down) other two unknown  (24) Cooks Lovelace, Wilson and Morris on HMCS Restigouche

 

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(25 - 30) V.E.-Day in Halifax on HMCS Restigouche

 

(27) Back: Ringer, Hart, Davies, Broski, Metcalf, Baker; Front: MacKinnon, Kimberley. Note: MacKinnon is front left, not known which of the other two is Kimberley on HMCS Restigouche (29) Broski, Shaver, Moose on HMCS Restigouche  (30) Chief Cook Saunders, Teeple and Ron Critchley on HMCS Restigouche  (31) U-boat survivor on HMCS Restigouche  (32) Unknown destroyer in Drydock at HMS Malabar, Bermuda. Believed to be HMCS Restigouche H00

 

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(33) HMCS Restigouche H00  (34 & 35) HMCS Restigouche H00 in dry dock, Liverpool

 

From the collection of Ron Critchley

Courtesy of Diane Brown

 

 

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(1-6) Christmas 1942, Belfast, Ireland

(1) LCdr Desmond Piers, CO (right)  (2) ship's cooks with Christmas dinner  (3) event on the quarter deck - possibly tot time.  (5) LCdr Desmond Piers, CO (centre)

 

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(7-13) March 1943 - convoy from Liverpool to Algiers

(7) Sailors exercising on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Restigouche H00  (8 & 9) Convoy seen from HMCS Restigouche.  (10-12) Algiers "We were the first Canadian destroyer to enter the Mediterranean. Algiers was a very nice looking place from the harbour, but rather dirty when ashore"  (13) Cruiser HMS Dido tied up at Algiers while we (HMCS Restigouche) were there.

 

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(14-17) HMCS Restigoiuche H00 picking up survivors from merchantman that had been sunk the North Atlantic in May of 1943. These survivors had been in lifeboats for 4 days. They were Chinese and Dutch sailors.  (18-20) Farm that farm that some of the crew from HMCS Restigouche H00 worked on for a couple of months while waiting for the ship. Farm was at Cranleigh, Surrey, England.

 

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(21 & 21) Christmas 1943 at Tobermory

Christmas of 1943 was spent at Tobermory, Scotland and also New Year's. Christmas was very quiet. Not like the last one. After refit we came here for our work up trials, which you do after a refit"

 

From the collection of Orent Myatt

Courtesy of Lynda D'Amour

 

 

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