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William Moss Landymore
Born (1916-07-31)July 31, 1916
Died November 27, 2008(2008-11-27) (aged 92)
Place of birth Brantford, Ontario
Place of death Halifax, Nova Scotia
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
Naval Jack of Canada.svg Canadian Forces
Years of service 1936–1967
Rank Rear-Admiral

Second World War

Korean War
Awards MID, OBE, Naval General Service Medal (GVI) with BAR Palestine 1939/45 Star; Atlantic Star; Pacific Star; Defence Medal CVSM and Clasp - 1939/1945 War Medal with MID, Canadian Korean Medal with MID; United Nations Korea EIIR Coronation - CD (GVI) and two Bars.[1]

Rear-Admiral William Moss Landymore, OBE, CD (31 July 1916 – 27 November 2008) was a Canadian naval officer.


Landymore commenced studies at the Royal Military College of Canada as cadet # 2399 on 28 August 1936.[2] As a cadet, he served aboard the Royal Navy training cruiser HMS Frobisher before being sent to the light cruiser HMS Emerald. He was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy as a midshipman on 1 May 1937 and promoted to acting sub-lieutenant on 1 March 1939.[2]

World War II

Landymore was posted to the C-class destroyer HMCS Fraser in 1940 and survived her sinking after she collided with cruiser HMS Calcutta in the Gironde estuary.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 November 1940[2] and served aboard the 'River'-class destroyer HMCS Margaree and survived her sinking. Landymore served on convoy escort missions in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans, in the Second World War. He was promoted to acting lieutenant-commander on 5 June 1944.[2]

Cold War

Landymore was promoted to the substantive rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 1 May 1947[2] and served as Gunnery Officer aboard HMCS Uganda. He was then stationed as Staff Gunnery Officer at Naval Service Headquarters in Ottawa.[1]

He was promoted to Commander on 1 July 1949[2] and given command of the 'Tribal'-class destroyer HMCS Iroquois, where he was awarded a Mention in Despatches (MID). He was promoted to acting Captain on 14 June 1952.[2] He commanded Iroquois for the duration of the Korean War from 21 October 1951 to 31 October 1953.[1]

Landymore was promoted to the substantive rank of Captain on 1 January 1953,[2] and was posted to a variety of stations throughout the remainder of the 1950s, including the position of Commander Canadian Destroyers Far East when he was awarded an OBE.[1] In 1958 Landymore was given command of the RCN's last aircraft carrier, HMCS Bonaventure.[1]

He was promoted to Commodore on 1 October 1959[2] and served as Chief of Staff to the Flag Officer, Atlantic Coast, until 1962. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 1 November 1962[2] and served as Flag Officer, Pacific Coast, from 1962 to 1964 and then as Flag Officer, Atlantic Coast, from 1964 to 1966. In 1966 he was appointed the first Commander of Maritime Command, and thus commander of all naval forces, as the position of Chief of the Naval Staff had been abolished in 1964.[1]

Landymore became embroiled in "a bitter public disagreement" with the Minister of National Defence[3] over the unification of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force, to form the Canadian Armed Forces, and resigned from the RCN on 19 July 1966 (effective 5 April 1967).[1]


Wall of Honour, Royal Military College of Canada

He was awarded an MID in the London Gazette of 1 January 1946 and Canada Gazette of 5 January, in recognition of his service to Uganda. He was awarded the Naval General Service Medal with Palestine bar for his service to Emerald for training during his Palestine campaign service in 1937. He was awarded an OBE and an MID for his Korean War service as commanding officer of Iroquois. In retirement, as Chairman of the Board of Grace Hospital Halifax, Nova Scotia he was awarded the Salvation Army Cross of the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service. He is a 2010 induction to the Wall of Honour at the Royal Military College of Canada.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 William Landymore Royal Canadian Navy
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Unit histories
  3. Milner, Marc. "Landymore, William Moss", in The Canadian Encyclopedia (Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1988), Volume 2, p.1173.


  • Milner, Marc. "Landymore, William Moss", in The Canadian Encyclopedia, Volume 2, p. 1173. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1988.
  • 4237 Dr. Adrian Preston & Peter Dennis (Edited) "Swords and Covenants" Rowman And Littlefield, London. Croom Helm. 1976.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "To Serve Canada: A History of the Royal Military College of Canada" 1997 Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1969.
  • H16511 Dr. Richard Arthur Preston "Canada's RMC - A History of Royal Military College" Second Edition 1982
  • H1877 R. Guy C. Smith (editor) "As You Were! Ex-Cadets Remember". In 2 Volumes. Volume I: 1876-1918. Volume II: 1919-1984. Royal Military College. [Kingston]. The R.M.C. Club of Canada. 1984

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Preceded by
Herbert Rayner
(as Chief of the Naval Staff)
Commander Maritime Command
Succeeded by
John O'Brien

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