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Hibbard, James Calcutt

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Title Rear-Admiral (RCN)
Official Number O-32870
 
Birth 26/03/1908 Death 22/01/1996
Place Hemison-Ste. Malachie Place Vancouver
Area PQ Area BC
Country Canada Country Canada
 
Titles
Honours DSC & Bar. Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (France). Croix de Guerre avec Palme en Bronze (France). King Haakon VII Cross of Liberation (Norway).
Awards
Qualifications
 
Biography
He was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Victoria BC. He was an Honorary Trustee of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. He was an Honorary Governor of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (Vancouver Island Branch). He was the father of Richard James Hibbard and William Robert Hibbard.
 
Military Service
He was appointed as an Ordinary Seaman RCNVR 1924. He served in the Quebec Half Company 1924. (He was released 1926). He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1926). He served in H.M.S. Erebus for Training (Special Entry No. 20) 1926. He was appointed as a Midshipman RCN (With seniority dated 01/09/1927). He served in H.M.S. Emperor of India 1927. He was appointed as an A/Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1930). He was appointed as a Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1930). He served in HMCS Vancouver 1931. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1932), He served in HMCS Champlain 1932 . He served in H.M.S. Skate. He served in H.M.S. Ambuscade as First Lieutenant. He served in H.M.S. Bulldog as First Lieutenant (He served on the Non-Intervention Patrol in the Spanish Civil War). He served in HMCS Bonaventure as First Lieutenant. He served in HMCS Restigouche 1938. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1940). He served in HMCS Skeena (I) (In command) 1940. He was appointed as a A/Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1942). He served in HMCS Sambro as Executive Officer on Staff of Commander (D) Halifax 1942. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1943). He served in HMCS Iroquois (I) (In command) 1943. He was appointed as a A/Captain RCN 1944. He was appointed as a Commodore 2nd Class RCN. He served in HMCS Scotian as Commodore Superintendent Halifax and East Coast 1944. He was appointed as a A/Captain RCN 1945. He served as Captain (D) Halifax 1945. He served in NSHQ as Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel 1945. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1947). He served in HMCS Ontario (In command) 1947. He served in National War College (Washington DC) for Staff Course 1949. He was appointed as a A/Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 30/12/1950). He served in NHQ as Chief of Naval Personnel 1950, He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1951). He was appointed as a A/Rear-Admiral RCN 1952. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 15/03/1953). He served in HMCS Naden as Flag Officer Pacific Coast 1955. (He was retired 07/07/1955.)
 
Vessels Owned
Aircraft Flown
Named Features Hibbard Point (BC).
 
Anecdotes
He served as the Colour Officer for the presentation of the Kings Colour in May 1939. He was awarded the DSC on 01/01/1943 for "gallantry and distinguished services before the enemy "whilst in command of HMCS Skeena and as Senior Officer of Convoy Escort Group Twenty Four." He was awarded a Bar to the DSC 14/11/1944 for "good service in the destruction of a submarine."
 
References
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; Blatherwick, John (1992); MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016);
Last update
2017-02-01

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