River Class / Prestonian Class Frigate




Post WW2 Badge



Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1945



Laid down: 15 Nov 1943

Launched: 12 Jul 1944

Commissioned: 29 Nov 1944

Paid off: 16 Nov 1945

Re-Commissioned: 18 Mar 1955

Paid off: 30 Nov 1966

Fate: Broken up in 1967


Launched on 12 Jul 1944, she was the last  frigate launched for the RCN. SUSSEXVALE was commissioned on 29 Nov 1944, at Quebec City, and arrived at Halifax on 16 Dec 1944. She left on 08 Jan 1945, for a months' workups in Bermuda, on completion of which she was assigned to EG 26. She arrived in Londonderry to join the group on 06 Mar 1945 and spent the remainder of the war in U.K. waters, based primarily at Portsmouth. She returned home in May to begin tropicalization refit at Shelburne, but this was called off and the ship was paid off at Sydney on 16 Nov 1945. Placed in reserve at Shelburne, she was subsequently sold to Marine Industries Ltd., but re-acquired by the RCN and converted to a Prestonian class ocean escort. Re-commissioned 18 Mar 1955, she served as a training ship until paid off on 30 Nov 1966. Sold in Dec 1966 to Kennedy & Mitsui, Vancouver, BC. She was scrapped in Japan in 1967.



RCN Memories:     SUSSEXVALE's Missing Helm


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos



Commanding Officers


LCdr Louis Raymond Pavillard, RCNR - 29 Nov 1944 - 16 Nov 1945

Cdr Richard Hugh Leir, RCN - 18 Mar 1955 - 25 Aug 1955

LCdr John Barclay Young, RCN - 26 Aug 1955 - 02 Jan 1957

LCdr Edward Pearce Shaw, RCN - 03 Jan 1957 - 23 Jun 1958

Cdr V.J. Murphy, RCN - 28 Nov 1958 - 26 Apr 1960

LCdr Henry Donovan Joy, RCN - 27 Apr 1960 - 17 May 1962

LCdr Anthony Norman Turner, RCN - 18 May 1962 - 24 Nov 1963

LCdr R.K. Niven, RCN - 15 Nov 1963 - 26 Jul 1964

LCdr Trevor Cole Shuckburgh, RCN - 27 Jul 1964 - 20 Jun 1965

LCdr Fred William Crickard, RCN - 21 Jun 1965 - 30 Nov 1966



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


COLLINS, Ralph Norman

 LS, N24238

died - 19 Jun 1961



Anderson, Joseph C.

Armour, Peter G.D.

Bell, James D.

Bemister, Herbert G.

Bradford, Sydney H.

Britt, Bruce D.

Broster, G. Arnold

Bugslag, John C.

Cale, K. Donald

Cathcart, Donald S.

Clackson, Donald R.

Clark, Donald S.

Colclough, Frederick J.

Colegrave, Bruce E.

Cooke, Ron

Crickard, Frederick W.

Donaldson, George

Erkkila, Reino L.J.

Fenn, Frank

Fenwick, Charles W.

Ferris, Leonard R.

Fisher, Brian J.

Fisher, Eric

Fortier, Louis-P.

Fraser, Norman L.

Gorman, Andrew D.

Gould, Sidney C.

Gouldie, Gordon C.

Grossman, Henry

Guy, Allan R.

Guy, Rex G.

Hamel, Doug

Harrison, Kenneth

Hawkey, Robert C.

Hawrysh, Frederick J.

Hodgkins, Frederick W.

Hutchings, Curwen J.

Jack, Andrew Mc.

Johnson, Edward R.

Johnston, Lloyd A.

Johnstone, William R.

Jones, Keray

Joy, Henry D.

Jupp, Robert H.

Kazmiruk, George D.

Larone, Ronald T.

Leir, Richard H.

Lourme, Ernest P.

Lundy, John G.

Lysne, Jack M.

Mattice, Gerald B.

Mumford, Victor H.

Murch, Bruce G.

Murphy, Vincent J.

Parsons Peter

Peressini, Luigi A.

Perkins, Edward J.

Phillips, Edward C.

Pike, Raymond

Porter, Henry A.

Rayment, Lloyd

Reiter, Karl H.

Roberts, Trevor J.F.

Robertson, Robert

Rostek, Arthur

Rowse, Arthur W.

Schuckburgh, Trevor C.

Seip, Harry E.

Silvester, Henry

Sommerville, Wilfred J.


Stanbrook, Wilfred T.

Steed, Roger G.

Stevens, Harold

Tierney, Patrick

Tudor, David T.

Turner, Anthony N.

Whyte, Robert A.

Wight, Clifford

Williams, William R.

Willment, Irving F.A.

Woychuk, Wilfred F.

Wright, James E.

Yanow, Robert D.

Young, Gaston G.

Young, John B.

Zerbin, Helmut






Former Crew Members


Anderson, Ted, Signalman


Borthwick, James, Lt (S), RCNVR - 08 Jul 1945


Dobell, Jim


Duhamel, Alfe, AB.CV1


Farley, Norman, Stoker


Hughes, Cyril

McKee, Walter Albert, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Paul, Stewart, L/Coder, RCNVR


Stew, George E., Signalman - 1960


Sparrow, Ken, ER, 39776E, RCN


Theobalds, Arthur Charles, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1945


Trusler, John Edward, A/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Feb 1945



Photos and Documents


HMCS SUSSEXVALE K683 with her wartime disruptive paint scheme

Courtesy of Wayne Egeland

Jacket patch for HMCS SUSSEXVALE - time frame unknown

From the collection of Harold Stevens

Courtesy of Rob Stevens

Article on HMCS Swansea performing sea trials after being re-commissioned

Halifax Mail-Star 28 Mar 1955

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Helm stolen from HMCS SUSSEXVALE


Source: Victoria Daily Times, Saturday, April 27, 1963

Courtesy of Jim Dobell


Read the story behind this article - RCN Memories - SUSSEXVALE's Missing Helm


Source: City of Vancouver Archives

Photographer: Walter E. Frost


Source: City of Vancouver Archives

Photographer: Walter E. Frost

Alfe Duhamel sending flashing light on HMCS SUSSEXVALE at anchor off Mexico circa 1959-1960


Courtesy of Alfe Duhamel, C2SG, RCN / C.A.F.

HMCS SUSSEXVALE 313  - undated


DND / RCN photo





Courtesy of Wayne Egeland