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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS UGANDA C66 / C31 (1944)

Former HMS UGANDA C66(1943)

Then HMCS QUEBEC C31 (1952)

 

FIDEL PRAEDAEQUE

TENAX 

 

Courtesy of Eric Stapleton

HMCS Uganda

 

Laid down: 20 Jul 1939

Launched: 07 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 03 Jan 1943

Transferred to RCN: 21 Oct 1944

Commissioned: 21 Oct 1944

Paid off: 01 Jan 1947

Re-commissioned: 14 Jan 1952

Paid off: 13 Jun 1956

Fate: Scrapped at Osaka, Japan, in 1961

 

As HMS Uganda, the name-ship of her class, she was completed 03 Jan 1943, at Vickers-Armstrong Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne. After working up with the Home Fleet she joined Plymouth Command in Apr 1943 for operations in the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel, and in Jul 1943 joined the 15th Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet, as part of Force "K." She was badly damaged by a German glider bomb on 13 Sep 1943, while supporting the Allied landing at Salerno, Italy, and arrived at Charleston, S.C., in November for a year of repair work.  Presented to the RCN, the ship was commissioned HMCS Uganda on 21 Oct 1944, at Charleston, and in Nov 1944 returned to the U.K. for further modifications. She left in Jan 1945, for the Pacific via the Suez Canal, to join the 4th Cruiser Squadron, British Pacific Fleet. In Apr 1945 she joined Task Force 57 in the Okinawa area, and was thereafter principally employed in screening the Fleet's aircraft carriers operating against Japanese airfields in the Ryukyu Islands. 

 

After the fall of Germany, while Uganda was involved in operations with the US Navy's Third Fleet that a directive came through from RCN Headquarters that Captain Mainguy poll the crew on whether they would volunteer for the Pacific War and eventually Operation Downfall, the codename for the invasion of the Home Islands. The crew of Uganda felt that they had volunteered for "hostilities only", (i.e., hostilities against Nazi Germany) but now found themselves fighting a different enemy in a quite different part of the world. On 7 May 1945, the vote was held onboard Uganda and 605 crew out of 907 refused to volunteer for continuing operations against Japan. The British Admiralty was furious and said it could not replace the ship until 27 July at the earliest. An embarrassed Royal Canadian Navy offered to replace Uganda with HMCS Prince Robert, an anti-aircraft flak ship that was being refitted in Vancouver.

 

Uganda remained on duty until relieved by HMS Argonaut. On 14 Jun 1945 she participated in the bombardment of Truk, and in Jul 1945 supported carriers operating against Tokyo. HMCS Uganda was detached from the US Navy's Third Fleet on 27 July 1945 when HMS Argonaut arrived. Uganda proceeded to Eniwetok, and then to Pearl Harbor for refuelling before heading for Esquimalt. En route to Pearl Harbor, one boiler suffered a liner collapse which would have resulted in the ship's withdrawal from active combat at any rate. Uganda limped into Pearl Harbor on 04 Aug 1945 but was not welcomed because of the resentment that her crew was "quitting" the war. Uganda departed after refuelling and proceeded for Esquimalt. En route to Canada, the crew heard news about the atomic bombs being dropped on Japan. They arrived in Esquimalt on 10 August 1945, the day that Japan announced its acceptance of the Instrument of Surrender.

 

Uganda spent the rest of her career as a training ship and was paid off on 10 Jan 1947. She was re-commissioned as HMCS Quebec on 14 Jan 1952. Paid off on 13 Jun 1956, she arrived at Osaka, Japan, on 06 Feb 1961, to be broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt Edmond Rollo Mainguy, OBE, RCN - 21 Oct 1944 - 04 Jul 1946

Capt Kenneth (Ken) Frederick Adams, RCN - 05 Jul 1946 - 01 Aug 1947

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BRUZZESE, Anthony Vincent

AB, V/67430, RCNVR

died - 31 Aug 1945 

DUMONT, Joseph Edward

PO, A/485, RCNR

MPK - 26 Jun 1945 

PHILLIPS, Caswell Ivan

L/Sto, V/51352, RCNVR

MPK - 02 Apr 1945 

RORISON, Robert James

Sto, 22142, RCN

MPK - 12 Jul 1945 

STUART, George Eaton

L/Stwd, 40618, RCN

died - 11 Apr 1946   

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Ades, A. Glen

1927-2014

Anderson, Hugh Lorne

____-____

Anderson, Thomas James

1919-2006

Baker, Roy Harold

1923-2014

Banfield, Nelson Ralph

1917-2007

Barclay, John Wolfran Cornwall

1916-2009

Drafted to Uganda on 23 Apr 1944 as Paym/Lt, RCN

Bedford, K. Darrell

____-2003

Bell, Joseph A.

1922-1995

Boggild, Kai Hugh

____-2002

Served in Uganda in 1945 as Lt (N), RCN, NavO.

Bonner, Albert Leo

1917-2004

Served in Uganda as Chief Yeoman of Signals, RCNVR

Botham, Gordon Jack

1925-2012

Bowditch, William Watson

1918-2010

Drafted to Uganda on 05 Jun 1944 as Gnr, RCN, Stand by

Bradford, Sydney Howard

1929-2016

Browne, Robert Gordon

____-2001

Served in Uganda during WW 2

 

C-D

Carpenter, Frank E.

1911-1992

Carson, Rodney William Gerald

1926-2015

Served in Uganda 28 Aug 1945 - 11 Sep 1945

Cavenagh, Orfeur John Alan

1925-2015

Served in Uganda in 1944 and 1948

Chadwick, Ernest Maurice

1921-2008

Clarke, Edward Newton

1914-2011

Drafted to Uganda on 24 Apr 1945 as A/LCdr, RCN

Climie, Richard

____-2009

Daigle, Fernand

____-2012

Davidson, Alexander

____-2008

Davidson, Herbert M.

____-2012

Day, Arthur David

Served in Uganda during WW II

Dixon, Douglas Charles

____-2008

Dowling, Herbert Edward

1907-1978

Down, John Trenchard

1921-2003

 

 

E-F

Fathers, Francis Onesimus

1926-2012

Ferguson, Elmer Alexander

1926-2016

Finch-Noyes, Edward William

1909-1982

Served in Uganda in 1945 as XO

Fischer, Lambert Nicholas

1927-2014

Fletcher, Jackson

____-2006

Forster, Roy

1927-2012

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

Served in Uganda in 1944 as Midshipman

Fraser, C.L.

1920-2004

Frewer, Frederick Charsley

1922-2004

 

G-H

Galway, Ronald E.

1926-2001

German, Andrew Barry Crawfurd

____-2011

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

Guest, Albert A.

____-1950

Guthrie, Maxwell Clark

1919-2011

Hainsworth, John

1921-2014

Hamer, Thomas W.

____-1998

Heffernan, George J.

____-2003

Howarth, William

1923-2016

Hrynkiw, John

____-1998

I-J

Iggulden, Andrew J.

____-2003

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kennedy, William Carter

1922-2011

Kenny, H. Edward

____-2003

Kirk, Anton

1914-2008

Kite, Albert Francis

____-2015

Kitney, Paul W.

____-1998

Kraft, Alexander Isaac

____-2010

Landymore, William Moss

1916-2008

Drafted to Uganda on 05 Jun 1944 as Lt, RCN, Stand by

Lane, Robert L.

1920-2013

Latham, James Oswald

____-2005

Latreille, Armand George

____-2008

Lennox, Robert H.

1918-2002

Livingstone, James Ivan

____-2014

Lower, Richard Ernest

1924-2009

 

 

M-N

MacFarlane, George Richard

1922-2000

Drafted to Uganda 01 Jul 1945 as Slt, RCN

MacGillivray, John

1909-1988

Served in Uganda in 1945, In Charge of Machinery

MacKenzie, Harold Arthur

____-2012

Mainguy, Edmond Rollo

1901-1979

1st Commanding Officer

Malott, Earl

1922-1997

Marcus, Daniel Leonard

____-2008

Marshall, Robert Benjamin

1924-2009

McNevin, Sydney Raymond

1922-2012

Moir, Harvey R.

1928-2014

Mowat, Sid

____-____

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

Nipius, Reginald George

1918-2008

 

 

 

O-P

O'Keeffe, Francis Montgomery

1925-2007

O'Neil, William R.

____-2013

Payne, Gerald

____-2016

Perdue, John Joseph

1923-2011

Peterson, Lloyd Edward

1919-2010

Phillips, Stanley

(nee Aspeslet)

____-2012

Pickford, Reginald John

1920-2012

Served in Uganda in 1946 as Lt, RCN, NavO

Pollard, Edward

1925-2016

Pullen, Hugh, Francis

1905-1983

Drafted to Uganda 26 Jul 1944 as Cdr, RCN, stand by // 21 Oct 1944 as Cdr, RCN, XO

 

Q-R

Ramage, Melville

____-2004

Rashbrook, Gerald W.

1924-2009

Rath, William James

1925-2013

Reid, John Maxwell

____-2005

Served in Uganda in 1946 as QR2, RCN

Rennick, John

____-2003

Restall, Lawrence Alexander

1922-2006

Richardson, Charles Edward

____-1984

Served in Uganda as Lt, RCN

Rivington, George Neville Campbell

1920-2011

Robarts, John Parmenter

1917-1982

Served in Uganda during WW II as A/C Recognition Officer

Roggeveen, Paul Adrian

____-2014

S-T

Smith, John Lodington

1924-2011

Smith, Robert Neville Gowers

1925-2001

Somers, George Henry

1921-2009

Drafted to Uganda 25 Jun 1946 as Lt (E), RCN

St. Dennis, Orval

____-2002

Stewart, Kenneth Grant

1924-2010

Sturdy, Ferris Durnin

1920-2007

Sygrove, Frederick

1924-2011

Tassell, Allan

1923-2016

Taylor, George Wilfred

1920-2016

Templeton, Robert Alexander

1925-2006

Teoli, Francis Nelson

____-2016

Thomas, Joseph

____-2004

Totten, Clifford

1926-2007

Tudor, Maurice McKee

1918-2004

Turner, Alec E.

1924-2014

Served in Uganda 1945-1947

Turner, John Michael

1922-2011

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, Leslie

1918-2009

Walls, Bertram Robert

1920-2005

Washbrook, Harold

____-2007

Watson, John

1922-2009

Way, Clifford James

1922-2007

Webber, Reginald Amand

1929-1968

White, Charles DeWolf

____-1950

Wilson, Robert

1922-1998

Wright, James Edward

1926-2005

 

Ship's Mascots

Cordite

Wartime Mascot

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Barlor, Frank Ernest, Gnr (T), RCN - 08 May 1944 (Stand by)

 

Barnes, Garth, AB - 1945

 

Bedwell, George E. 

 

Bennett, Orval Walter, Ord Lt, RCN - 29 Jul 1946

 

Blackie, Arthur Robert, Wt (E), RCN - 30 Jun 1944

 

Bourassa, André, AB, Stwd, RCN - 1955

 

Brebner, Walter Bruce, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1944

 

Brigham, M.M., AB - 1945

 

Butler, Gerry 

 

Caldwell, John Birch, A/LCdr (E) (WHA), RCN - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Chalu, Sidney Arthur Mowatt, Slt, RCN - 15 Jun 1946

 

Crombie, Kenneth Reeves, Slt, RCN - 01 Jul 1946

 

Docker, Thomas, Wt (E), RCN - 14 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Dow, William, A/Gnr, RCN - 21 Jun 1946

 

Down, Albert Ernest Robert, Wt/Shpt, RCN - 19 May 1946

 

Elstone, Tom, PO

 

Evans, Leslie Murray, Wt (E), RCN - 22 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Elliott, Herbert Lane, LCdr (E), RCNR - 28 Jun 1944

 

Feir, Ronald Allan

 

Gaynor, Beverley Emerson, A/LCdr (S), RCN - 15 Jun 1946

 

Giroux, Gordon, LS, Stwd, RCN - 1955

Goodyear, Stanley Charles, Wt (El), RCN - 08 May 1944 (Stand by)

 

Graham, Douglas Kenneth Moody, A/Cdr (S), RCN - 10 Jun 1946

 

Harley, Frank, A/LCdr (E), RCN - 05 Jul 1946

 

Hayman, Gordon, LS, Stwd - 1955

 

Hindle, Hamilton Francis, Wt (E), RCN - 30 Jun 1945

 

Johns, Leonard Raymond, Wt (E), RCN - 05 Jun 1946

 

Karagianis, Leslie, Lt (S), RCN - 1955

 

Keate, James Stuart, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 04 Feb 1945

 

Kuzma, Paul, AB - 1945

 

Littler, LCdr - 1944

 

Marks, John, AB, Stwd, RCN - 1955

 

McCandless, Henry Alexander, A/Paym/Cdr (WHA), RCN - 27 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

McDerby, Charles Leonard, Gnr, RCN - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

McFayden, Edward Arnold, A/Gnr, RCN - 05 Jun 1946

 

Moore, W.C., AB - 1945 

 

Moses, Gerald Milne, Lt (SB), RCNVR - 07 Feb 1945

 

Okros, Richard Dennis

 

Quinn, Howard Lee, LCdr, RCN - 31 May 1946

Ramsey, Ales, LS, A-6208

 

Renvik, John, PO ERA 

 

Sinclair, Peter H., Cdr (S), RCN - 1955

 

Spergel, Gordon Dean, P/A/Ord Slt, RCN - 29 Jul 1946

 

Stewart, George Charles, Lt (E), RCN - 10 Jul 1946

 

Stewart, John Marshall (Marsh), Lt (P), RCN - 28 Jun 1946

 

Sturgeon, Clarence Alfred, Cd (G), RCN - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Svenningson, Freeman, Lt (E), RCNVR - 25 Jun 1944

 

Tanbling, S.A., Stoker - 1945

 

Taylor, Harry Ernest,, Lt, RCN - 27 Jul 1945

 

Taylor, J.L., AB - 1945

 

Titsign, E., Stoker - 1945

 

Torrie, Arthur Bruce, Slt, RCN - 01 Jul 1946

 

Toye, John McCardle, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - 29 Jul 1944

 

Tuttle, Ernest - 1946

 

Vecqueray, Richard J. (Dick) - 6 Nov 45 - 17 Jul 1947 

 

Veerge, George Howard, Wt/Ord, RCN - 05 Jun 1944 (Stand by)

 

Warren, Reginald, AB, Stwd, RCN - 1955

 

White, Richard Paul, LCdr (T), RCNVR - 05 Jun 194 (Stand by)

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

A Lonely Ambassador - HMCS Uganda and the War in the Pacific

Personal photo gallery of Rodney W.G. Carson

Ship's company photos for HMCS Uganda

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