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HMCS TEME K458

Former HMS TEME K458

 

Laid down: 25 May 1943

Launched: 11 Nov 1943

Transferred to RCN: 28 Feb 1944

Commissioned: 28 Feb 1944

Fate: Torpedoed  by U-315. Declared a total loss. Returned to the RN: 04 May 1945. Broken up in 1946

 

Laid down as HMS Teme at South Bank-on-Tees, she was named after a river on the English-Welsh boarder. Transferred to the RCN, she was commissioned in the RCN at Middlesbrough on 28 Feb 1944. After working up, Teme was assigned in May to EG 6, Londonderry, and spent her whole career with this group. She was present on D-Day, and on 10 Jun 1944 was rammed in the Channel by the escort carrier HMS Tracker, and cut almost in half abaft the bridge.  She was towed by Outremont 200 miles to Cardiff, where she remained under repair until Christmas. In 19 Jan 1945, she went to Tobermory to work up, returning to Londonderry on 09 Feb 1945 to rejoin her group. At 0822 on 29 Mar 1945, U-315 fired a Gnat at Teme who was escorting the convoy BTC-111 off Lands End and hit her stern. She lost 60 feet of her stern, was towed to Falmouth where she was declared a total loss. On 04 May, 1945, she was returned to the Royal Navy and sold for scrap on 08 Dec 1945. She was broken up at Llanelly, Wales, in 1946. 

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Douglas George Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR - 28 Feb 1944 - 20 Feb 1945

Lt Dennis Pearce Harvey, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1945 - 04 May 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

BAKER, James

 Sto PO, A2696, RCNR

killed - 10 Jun 1944 

BOLIN, Gordon Walter

AB, V36102, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Mar 1945 

CHISHOLM, Duncan Forbes

Sto 1c, V49944, RCNVR

killed - 10 Jun 1944 

GRAHAM, Earl William

AB, V31122, RCNVR

killed - 29 Mar 1945 

HACKETT, Thomas Joseph

AB, V35785, RCNVR

killed - 29 Mar 1945 

JOHNSTONE, Robert David

Asst. Cook, V50801, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Jun 1944 

MCMURDO, Stephen Blake

L/Sig, V/22602, RCNVR

MPK - 10 Jun 1944 

ROWE, Robert Everett

AB, V50606, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Mar 1945 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bligh, George

1917-2006

Burton, Lou

____-____

 

 

 

C-D

Coler, Milton

____-____

Currie, John Joseph

1915-2011

Duckett, Jack M.

____-____

 

 

E-F

Eldridge, Raymond Burton

____-1993

Forget, Joseph Henri Lionel

1924-1986

Served in Teme 27 Sep 1944 - 23 Apr 1945 as an A/Sto 1c

 

 

 

G-H

Harvey, Denis Pearce

1910-1990

Drafted to Teme 23 Feb 1944 (Stand by) as Lt, RCNVR / 28 Feb 1944

Commissioning crew

2nd Commanding Officer

Holland, Kenneth Gerald

1923-2010

 

 

 

K-L

Languay, Francis Patrick

____-____

 

 

 

 

M-N

Morrow, Robert G.

1925-2017

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rushbrook, Edward Dennis

____-2016

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wynacht, Phillip Lorraine

1921-2016

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Yule, George Bruce

1924-2011

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bell, Gordon Watson, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 28 Feb 1944

 

Bobinski, A., Stoker/1C, V46674

 

Christie, Charles Black (Mort), Slt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 28 Feb 1944. (Charles' nickname was “Mort”, after Edgar Bergen’s puppet Mortimer Snerd)

 

Dickie, Edward Dudley, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 28 Feb 1944

Ferguson, Graham Wilson, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Hollingsworth, Robert, LS - Mar 1945

 

Jeffrey, Douglas George, LCdr, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944 (Stand by)

Miller, Samuel Dickson, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 28 Feb 1944

 

Rankin, Ronald Wurtele, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 28 Feb 1944

 

Ring, Roy Percival, Slt(E), RCNVR - 26 Feb 1944 (Stand by) / 28 Feb 1944 // Lt (E), RCN - Mar 1945

 

Shuckburgh, Trevor Cole - 29 Feb 1944 - 03 May 1945 (alive and well as of Jun 2018)

 

Links

In memory of my shipmates - A. Bobinski

John Joseph (Joe) Currie - The Memory Project

Personal photo gallery of Joseph Henri Lionel Forget

Ship's company photos for HMCS Teme

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Teme K458

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain

Damage to HMCS Teme after being rammed by the aircraft carrier HMS Tracker in the Bay of Biscay

From the collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

Robert Morrow Survives Sea Ramming

 

Able Seaman Robert Morrow, aged 20, son of Mrs. Margaret Morrow, 1024 Latimer Street, was among survivors of the Canadian-manned frigate Teme when it was rammed amidships and almost sliced in half by an aircraft carrier. The ramming took place in the Bay of Biscay during sub-hunting operations of Canadian and British escort groups, it was announced from Ottawa Wednesday.

From the collection of Robert Morrow

 

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMCS Teme K458, 1944

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Joseph Henri Lionel Forget (2nd from left) with shipmates on HMCS Teme K458

From the collection of Lionel Forget

Courtesy of Johnny Forget

Joseph Henri Lionel Forget (back row 4th from left) with shipmates on HMCS Teme K458

From the collection of Lionel Forget

Courtesy of Johnny Forget

Newspaper article on the ramming of HMCS Teme by the aircraft carrier HMS Tracker in the Bay of Biscay

From the collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMS Tracker, the carrier that rammed HMCS Teme

From the collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

Damage to HMCS Teme after being rammed by the aircraft carrier HMS Tracker in the Bay of Biscay

From the collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

Robert Morrow on his gun on HMCS Teme K458

From the collection of Robert Morrow

Courtesy of David Morrow

HMCS Teme K458

Source: The Legion Magazine

Credit: Library and Archives of Canada

Newspaper article on the torpedoing of HMCS Teme

The Hamilton Spectator, 08 Aug 1945

HMCS Teme, shortly after she was torpedoed on 29 Mar 1945

From the collection of Lionel Forget

Courtesy of Johnny Forget

 

 

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