Awards to the Royal Canadian Navy 

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SADLER, Frank Emil, Acting Leading Seaman (DEMS) (A­450) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

SADLER. Frank Emil, A-450, A/LS(DEMS), RCNR, MID~[5.1.46]

This rating has served in Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships for forty-four months, during which time he has seen service at Singapore, Africa and Suez. He has served in combat areas in the North and South Atlantic, North and South Pacific, the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. His tact, cheerfulness and devotion to duty at all times, have set a high example to the men serving with him."

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SAINSBURY, Edward Stephen, Chief Petty Officer (V­9598) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 19 December 1944. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SAINSBURY. Edward Stephen, V-9598, CPO, RCNVR, BEM~[20.1.45]

"For courage, presence of mind and skill after their ship had been damaged."

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SAINT MARTIN, Jean, Surgeon Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Ville de Quebec ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 8 January 1944 and London Gazette of 1 January 1944. Home: Montreal, Quebec.

Medical graduate of University of Montreal in 1942.

Practised after the war at Clinic Port Montreal, Aile 3-Cite du Havre, Montreal.

SAINT-MARTIN. Jean, Surg/Lt(Temp) [5.7.42] RCNVR

HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC (K242) Cof, (19.10.42-?)

Surg/Lt(Temp) [5.7.41] MID~[8.1.44]

"This Officer, whilst serving as group medical officer in HMCS Ville de Quebec, has at all times shown courage, resourcefulness and devotion to duty. His coolness, efficiency and exceptional ability have been an example to every one in the ship."

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SALSICCIOLI, Peter Paul, Chief Engine Room Artificer (21602) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCN / HMCS Kootenay - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 28 November 1944.

Home: Trail, British Columbia.

Acting Warrant Officer (E), RCN on 15 March 1945.

SALSICCIOLI. Peter Paul, 0-64817, CPO/ERA, 21602, RCN

MID~[6.1.45] DSM~[20.1.45]

A/Wt(E) [15.3.45] RCN

HMCS WARRIOR (31) CVL, stand by, (31.7.45-23.1.46)

HMCS WARRIOR (31) CVL, (24.1.46-?)

HMCS MAGNIFICENT (21) CVL, (23.6.48-?) Cd(E) [15.3.45]

HMC Dockyard, Halifax, (29.9.49-?) RCNB Halifax Course (4.5.51-?)

"For courage, resolution and skill while serving in HMCS Ottawa and HMCS Kootenay in anti U-Boat operations."

HMCS Kootenay (I) (River Class Destroyer - H75) along with HMCS Ottawa sank U-678 in the English Channel on 7 June 1944. This action is described in Chapter 47 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939 - 1945".

SALSICCIOLI, Peter Paul, Chief Engine Room Artificer, DSM (21602) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Kootenay - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945.

"During three and a half years seatime, he has proved himself a tremendously hard working, capable Rating. Due in large part to his untiring efforts since commissioning HMCS Kootenay, the ship has been able to maintain an enviable record of dependability during North Atlantic winters. He has set an example of cheerful leadership to the engine room department."

HMCS Kootenay (I) (River Class Destroyer - H75), HMCS Ottawa (II), and HMCS Chaudiere sank U-621 in the Bay of Biscay on 18 August 1944. They also sank a second U-Boat, U-984 on 20 August 1944 as well. These actions are described in Chapter 49 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939 - 1945".

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SANDERSON, Phyllis Ross, Master-at-Arms (W­61) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - WRCNS / Master-at-Arms in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service Training Establishment, Galt, Ontario - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

SANDERSON. Phyllis Ross, W-61, MAA, WRCNS, BEM~[16.6.45]

"As Master-at-Arms in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service Training Establishment for two years, this Rating exerted an excellent influence on all new entries. Her ability to convey her own enthusiasm and knowledge, as well as discipline, has contributed greatly to the good conduct and morale of the Service."

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SANDS, Percy James, Commissioned Supply Officer - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCN / Accountant Training Instructor at HMCS Cornwallis - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Victoria, British Columbia.

SANDS. Percy James, 0-64970, Cd(S) [1.1.44] RCN

MBE~[6.1.45]

Lt(S) [1.7.46] HMCS CAYUGA (R04) DD, (11.10.48-?);

RCNB Esquimalt, Supply School, (29.5.50-?) CD~[?]

"For untiring and zealous work in Accountant Training as instructor in Supply duties since the establishment of the school in HMCS Cornwallis. This Officer has been an example to the many officers and ratings he has trained by his unfailing cheerfulness, thorough and painstaking instruction, and willingness to give his spare time freely to those in need of advice and assistance. He has always put the interest of those he is instructing and the Service in general, in first place, and has been an inspiration to all those who have served with him."

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SARETSKY, Roman Martin, Able Seaman (V­45575) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 3 October 1944.

Home: Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

SARETSHY. Roman Martin, V-45575, AB, RCNVR, RCNVR, MID~[20.1.45]

"For outstanding leadership, skill and devotion to duty in H.M. Canadian Ships Qu'appelle, Skeena, Saskatchewan and Restigouche in a successful action with enemy trawlers and U-boats."

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SARTAIN, Fred, Electrical Artificer Second Class (V­37436) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Guysborough ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 3 OR 24 July 1945. Home: Hamilton Beach, Ontario.

SARTAIN. Fred V-37436, EA 2, RCNVR, MID~[15.9.45]

"For outstanding courage, resolution and devotion to duty when their ship was sunk - HMCS Guysborough".

On 17 March 1945, HMCS Guysborough (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J52) was sunk by U-878 off Ushant, France with the loss of 4 officers and 47 crew. This sinking is described in Chapter 62 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SAULNIER, Joseph Melbourne, Able Seaman (V­32223) (Killed in Action) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Regina ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 13 November 1943 and London Gazette of 29 June 1943.

Home: Meteghan River, Digby County, Nova Scotia.

Killed in Action when HMCS Regina was sunk by U-667 off Cornwall on 8 August 1944.

Buried in St. Merryn Naval Cemetery near Padstow.

SAULNIER. Joseph Melbourne, V-32223, (Digby, NS) AB, RCNVR

MID~[13.11.43]

Lost [8.8.44] HMCS REGINA (K234) Cof.

"For skill and devotion to duty in the destruction of an Italian Submarine while serving in HMCS Regina."

Details of the sinking of Italian Submarine Avorio by HMCS Regina (Revised Flower Class Corvette - K234) on 8 February 1943 off Algeria in the Mediterranean is described in Chapter 24 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SAUNDERS, Frederick William, Temporary Chief Petty Officer (A­2614) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNR -Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 14 November 1944. Home: London, England.

SAUNDERS. Frederick William, A-2614, CPO, RCNR, DSM~[20.1.45]

"For courage and determination in H.M. Ships Albright, Ashanti, Bellona, Diadem, Mauritius, Onslow, Tartar and Ursa and H.M. Canadian Ships Assiniboine, Haida, Iroquois, Qu'Appelle, Restigouche and Skeena, in a series of successful attacks on enemy escorted convoys off the coast of France."

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SAUNDERS, George Joseph, Able Seaman (V­5726) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Sackville ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 November 1942 and London Gazette of 18 November 1942.

SANDERS. George Joseph, V-5726, AB, RCNVR, MID~[21.1.42]

"The prompt action of this rating in training the 4" gun in an action against the rapidly moving enemy U-Boat in dense fog whilst the ship was under helm, made a marked contribution to the result of the engagement in causing damage to the enemy U-Boat."

Details on the action in which HMCS Sackville (Flower Class Corvette - K181), HMCS Skeena and HMCS Wetaskiwin sank U-588 in the mid-Atlantic on 31 July 1942 can be found in Chapter 13 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SAUNDERSON, James Benjamin, Acting Petty Officer (V­6399) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Rosthern ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 8 January 1944 and London Gazette of 1 January 1944. Home: Hurdman's Bridge, Ontario.

HMCS Rosthern was a Flower Class Corvette (K169).

SAUNDERSON. James Benjamin, V-6399, A/PO, RCNVR, MID~[8.1.44]

"This rating, while serving in HMCS Rosthern, displayed great courage and devotion to duty as Quarter-Master, remaining at the wheel when, during the dark hours, a heavy sea smashed the bridge and flooded the wheel house. Although swept away from the wheel, and up to his neck in water, he returned to his duty and thereby permitted the ship to be turned before the wind thus preventing further damage."

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SAVORY, John Alfred, Lieutenant (E) - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCNVR / HMCS Columbia - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 29 May 1943 and London Gazette of 5 October 1943. Home: Hamilton, Ontario.

HMCS Columbia was a Town Class Destroyer (I49).

SAVORY. John Alfred, 0-65180,

Lt(E)(Temp) [1.5.42] RCNVR

HMCS COLUMBIA (I45) DD, (23.3.42-?) Lt(E)(Temp) [1.5.41]

HMCS SAGUENAY (I79) DD, (5.2.43-?) MBE~[29.5.43]

HMCS GATINEAU (H61) DD, (1944?) LCdr(E)(Temp) [1.7.45]

HMCS CRESCENT (R16) DD, stand by, (29.5.45-9.9.45)

HMCS CRESCENT (R16) DD, (10.9.45-?) Demobilized [3.1.46]

"During the salvaging of S.S. Matthew Luckenbach, Lieutenant Savory took complete charge in the engine room and by his ability and enthusiasm obtained the fullest support of the merchant ship's engine room staff."

"For good service in charge of the engine room during the salvage of the S.S. Matthew Luckenbach (London Gazette citation)."

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SCAIFE, Arthur Martin Peregrin, Acting Lieutenant-Commander - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCNVR / Fisherman's Reserve - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.

Home: Victoria, British Columbia.

SCAIFE. Arthur Martin Peregrin, 0-65210, Lt(Temp) [1.1.41] RCNVR

A/LCdr(Temp(WHA) [?] MBE~[16.6.45]

LCdr(Temp) [1.7.45]

"From early in 1942 until its disbanding in November, 1944, Lieutenant-Commander Scaife worked ceaselessly for the efficient operation of the Fisherman's Reserve. His unfailing cheerfulness and tact did much toward smoothing out the problems which arose in the moulding, into an efficient unit of the Royal Canadian Navy, a group of fishermen, who though fine seamen, had not had the training enjoyed by the General Service Seamen."

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SCHNERE, Ralph Kenneth, Leading Cook (S) (V­25056) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 January 1943 and London Gazette of 1 January 1943. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SCHNERE. Ralph Kenneth, V-25056, L/Ck(S), RCNVR, DSM~[9.1.43]

"For bravery and devotion to duty before the enemy. During enemy U-Boat and air attacks, leading cook Schnare displayed efficiency, coolness and devotion to duty, worthy of high commendation and by his exemplary conduct set an inspiring example to those about him."

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SCHNYDER, Karl, Sick Bay Attendant Petty Officer (V­33143) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR / Medical Laboratory Technician - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.

Home: Montreal, Quebec.

SCHNYDER. Karl, V-18583, SBPO, RCNVR, BEM~[5.1.46]

"For conspicuous devotion to duty and superlative technical skill. Following Active Service in the First World War, Petty Officer Schnyder served continuously in the Civil Service for twenty-two years before joining the Navy as its first experienced Medical Laboratory Technician. In training Sick Berth Staff for Laboratory duties, he has provided an inspiring example of enthusiastic and unselfish devotion to every task set before him. He has been instrumental in organizing a new Serological Test which has been incorporated into the discharge routine, and marks an important technical advance in Public Health survey work of this type."

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SCHREIBER, Joseph Roger Godfrey, Lieutenant-Commander - Croix de Guerre avec Palme en Bronze (France) - RCNVR Awarded as per London Gazette of 22 March 1945 (no Canada Gazette).
He served on board the large French destroyer Le Triouphant during 1941 as a British Naval Liaison Officer.

SCHREIBER. Joseph Roger Godfrey, 0-65360, RCNVR Division Quebec
A/Lt(Temp) [9.10.39] RCNVR
Lt(Temp) [9.10.38] A/LCdr,
Croix de Guerre avec Palmes en Bronze(France)~[22.3.45] MID~[15.9.45]

"For services as Liaison Officer to the French in support of the advance of the Allies on the Franco-Italian Border."

SCHREIBER, Joseph Roger Godfrey, Lieutenant-Commander - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 7 August 1945. Home:

"For services as Liaison Officer to the French in support of the advance of the Allies on the Franco-Italian Border."

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SCHUTHE, George McDonald, Temporary Sub-Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMC ML-053 ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 October 1943 and London Gazette of 16 October 1943.

Served in HMC ML-052 from 1 April 1942 to 27 April 1943.

Commanding Officer of HMC ML-053 from 27 April 1943 to 9 January 1944.

Commanding Officer of HMC ML-120 (Q.120) from 10 January 1944 to 19 February 1944.

SCHUTHE. George Mac Donald, 0-65380, S/Lt(Temp) [10.11.41] RCNVR

HMC ML 052(Q052) (1.4.42-?)

Lt(Temp) [10.2.42]

HMC ML 053 (Q053) (71st ML Fl) CO, (27.4.43-9.1.44)

MID~[16.10.43] (see 8 Jun 43)

HMC ML 120(Q120) (82nd ML Fl) CO, (10.1.44-19.2.44)

HMCS OSHAWA (J330) m/s, stand by (31.5.44-5.7.44)

HMCS OSHAWA (J330) m/s, (6.7.44-?) Demobilized [22.9.45]

"For displaying skill and devotion to duty in carrying out hazardous duties in connection with Mine recovery operations."

London Gazette states only: "For bravery and devotion to duty."

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SCOBIE, Thomas Keith, Temporary Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / MTB-461 ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 14 November 1944.

Home: Ottawa, Ontario.

Commanding Officer of MTB-456 from 28 July 1944 to 17 September 1944.

Commanding Officer of MTB-461 from 18 September 1944 to 3 February 1945.

Commanding Officer of MTB-486 from 4 March 1945 to 8 March 1945.

SCOBIE. Thomas Keith, 0-65440, S/Lt(Temp) [12.10.42] RCNVR

ML 108 (Q108) (1943?)

Lt(Temp) [12.10.43] HMC MTB 461, (28.2.44-?)

HMC MTB 466, CO, (28.7.44-17.9.44)

HMC MTB 461, CO, (18.9.44-3.2.45) MID~[20.1.45]

HMC MTB 486, CO, (4.3.45-8.3.45) Demobilized [23.8.45]

"For courage, leadership and determination in close action with the enemy while serving in Light Coastal Craft."

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SCOTT, Albert Ringland, Able Seaman (V­27482) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / MTB 726­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 3 July 1945.

Home: Toronto, Ontario. Served aboard MTB 726.

SCOTT. Albert Ringland, V-27482, AB, RCNVR, MID~[15.9.45]

"For services in action with enemy light forces on 24th and 25th February 1945."

"For courage and skill while serving in Light Coastal Forces in successful engagements with enemy shipping (London Gazette Citation)."

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SCOTT, Bruce Simon, Leading Seaman (V­2435) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944.

Home: Saint John, New Brunswick.

SCOTT. Bruce Simon, V-2435, LS, RCNVR, MID~[10.6.44]

"This rating has rendered good service in the North Atlantic over a long period. He has displayed seamanship of a high order when acting as Coxswain of the seaboat under difficult and hazardous conditions."

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SCOTT, George Tait, Leading Supply Assistant (V­18582) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR / Landing Craft Flotilla - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Hespeler, Ontario.

SCOTT. George Tait, V-18583, L/SBA, RCNVR, BEM~[6.1.45]

"This rating has been on active service since October 1941, and for the past eight months has served with a Landing Craft Flotilla in the United Kingdom. While working with this flotilla, Scott has put forth seemingly untiring efforts, certainly far beyond the call of normal duty. The quality of his work has always been the best and without him, the supply end of the Accountant Branch Organization would have been most difficult. This was particularly noticeable during the weeks prior to D-Day, when he worked at least five nights a week until the early hours of the morning. He had the task of dealing with the supply problems of eleven ships under the most difficult conditions at a time when the resources of the Port were overtaxed and every demand had to be fought for. He has always been cheerful, willing and most capable. His example was an inspiration to the rest of the staff."

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SCOTT, Hugh, Stoker Petty Officer (A­5081) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Moncton ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 8 January 1944 and London Gazette of 1 January 1944. Home: Montreal, Quebec.

SCOTT. Hugh, A-5081, PO/Stoker, RCNR, MID~[8.1.44]

"When HMCS Moncton was in collision in July 1943, this Rating, in spite of the severe damage incurred by HMCS Moncton, assisted Engine room Artificer D'Aubin in trying the engines for damage, and in raising steam in order to attempt to reach port, setting an example by his courage and cheerfulness."

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SCOTT, Peter Wilson, Acting Leading Seaman (V­7623) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR / HMCS St. Laurent - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 12 September 1944. Home: Toronto, Ontario.

HMCS St. Laurent was a River Class Destroyer (H83).

SCOTT. Peter Wilson, V-7623, A/LS, RCNVR, BEM~[20.1.45]

"For bravery and undaunted devotion to duty as members of a volunteer fire party (Shipwright William COX, Leading Stoker Rene BLANDIN, Able Seaman Peter SCOTT and Able Seaman Frederick WILSON) from HMCS St. Laurent, which boarded a burning Merchant Vessel in a rough sea and by their determined efforts saved the ship and her valuable cargo."

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SCOTT, William Charles, Stoker Petty Officer (V­36929) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. Home: Rawdon, Quebec.

SCOTT. William Charles, V-36929, PO/Sto, RCNVR, MID~[16.6.45]

"This Rating has been employed on ocean escort work in His Majesty's Canadian Corvettes for thirty-one months as Stoker Petty Officer. He has maintained an exceptionally high standard in the Engine Room Department and among the Engine Room Personnel as Regulating Stoker Petty Officer and Chief Stoker. His continual cheerfulness and resourcefulness, under sometimes trying conditions, are a fine example to all who serve with him."

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SCULLION, Michael Joseph, Able Seaman (V­5656) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Assiniboine ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 12 December 1942 and London Gazette of 3 December 1942. Now Acting Leading Seaman.

SCULLION. Michael Joseph, V-5656, AB, RCNVR, MID~[12.12.42]

"Able Seaman Scullion showed great initiative whilst his ship was in action with an U-Boat on the surface, in that seeing his chance, he ordered one Able Seaman and a Leading Supply Assistant to man "Y" gun. He fired at the U-Boat registering a direct hit on her bows."

The action in which HMCS Assiniboine (River Class Destroyer - D118) sank U-210 on 6 August 1942 in the North Atlantic while protecting Convoy SC-94 is described in Chapter 14 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SEARWAY, Norman Lawrence, Petty Officer (TC) (V­7766) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Fredericton ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Toronto, Ontario.

SEARWAY. Norman Lawrence, V-7766, PO(TC) RCNVR, MID~[6.1.45]

"This Rating has been a member of ship's company of HMCS Fredericton for thirty-two months, during which time he has advanced from Able Seaman to his present rank. At all times his efficiency, exemplary conduct and cheerful attitude have set an outstanding example to the ship's company."

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SECORD, George Erwin, Able Seaman (V­26165) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Gatineau ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: St. Catharines, Ontario.

HMCS Gatineau was a River Class Destroyer (K61).

"Able Seaman Secord has at all times been cheerful and competent in the performance of his duties aboard HMCS Gatineau and is considered most reliable."

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SELZER, Charles Rupert, Petty Officer (V­10404) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.

Home: Quinton, Saskatchewan.

SELZER. Charles Rupert, V-10404, PO, RCNVR, MID~[16.6.45]

"This Petty Officer's unceasing efforts have played a large part in the efficient working of his ship. His example has been outstanding in the long pull of the Battle of the Atlantic."

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SEMPLE, Robert, Chief Stoker Petty Officer (22202) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Kirkland Lake - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Atholville, New Brunswick.

SEMPLE. Robert, 22202, CPO/Sto, RCN, MID~[5.1.46]

"For outstanding efficiency and meritorious service. Chief Petty Officer Semple, while serving in HMCS Kirkland Lake, has performed invaluable service in connection with the organization of the Stoker ratings in his charge. He has, at all times, set an inspiring example to his subordinates."

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SENIOR, Charles Robin Arthur, Lieutenant - Order of Patriotic War (First Class) (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) - RCNVR / HMS Obdurate ­ Awarded effective 1 December 1942.

SENIOR. Charles Robin Arthur, 0-66002, Lt(Temp) [22.6.42] RCNVR

Order of Patriotic War (First class) (USSR)~[1.12.42]

MID~[18.5.43] Demobilized [7.1.46]

"For services to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic in December 1942 while serving in HMS Obdurate."

SENIOR, Charles Robin Arthur, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMS Obdurate ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 18 May 1943 (no Canada Gazette).

"For courage and endurance in action in Northern waters."

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SEYBOLD, Hugh Gordon, Commander (E) - Officer - Order of the British Empire (OBE) - RCNVR / HMCS Huron - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Westmount, Quebec.
SEYBOLD. Hugh Gordon, 0-66090, A/Lt(E)(Temp) [23.1.37] RCNVR
RCNVR Montreal, (23.1.37-?)
Lt(E)(Temp) [1.8.40]
HMCS OTTAWA (H60) DD, (26.8.40-?)
HMCS NIAGARA (I57) DD, (2.8.41-?) LCdr(E)(Temp) [1.7.43]
HMCS HURON (G24) DD, (4.9.44-?) Cdr(E)(Temp) [1.7.45]
Demobilized. [1.11.45] OBE~[5.1.46]

"This Officer has shown outstanding zeal and ability both ashore and afloat and has at all times displayed the greatest enthusiasm in the advancement of the Engine Room Branch of the Canadian Naval Service. Commander Seybold has contributed, in a large measure, to the efficiency of that branch of the Service."

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SEYMOUR, Edward Philip, Stoker Petty Officer (A-1254) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Saint John - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 3 July 1945. Home: North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
SEYMOUR. Edward Philip, A-1254, PO/Stoker, RCNR, MID~[15.9.45]

"For good services in action with an enemy U-Boat in the Western Approaches on 16th February 1945."
"For bravery, skill and determination while serving in H.M. Ships Wild Goose, Labuan, Loch Fada, Rowley, Duckworth, Keats and Tyler and HMCS St. John in operations against enemy submarines (London Gazette)."

Details on the action in which HMCS Saint John (River Class Frigate - K456) sank U-309 in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 16 February 1945 can be found in Chapter 59 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SHANNAHAN, Leonard Garfield, Able Seaman (A-3564) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR - Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1945 (no Canada Gazette).
Formerly in the Royal Navy, serial number 48213.
SHANNAHAN. Leonard Garfield, A-3564, LS, RCNR, ex-RN 48213, MID~[1.1.45]

"For gallantry or outstanding service in the face of the enemy or for zeal, patience and cheerfulness in dangerous waters and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, upholding the high traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy." New Years List (Admiralty) A.F.O. 239/45.

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SHARPE, James Arthur, Able Seaman (2739) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Windflower - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 13 June 1942 and London Gazette of 11 June 1942. Acting Leading Seaman at time of award.
SHARPE. James Arthur, 2739, AB, RCN, MID~[13.6.42]

"During the sinking of HMCS Windflower, in spite of recurring disasters and surrounded by explosions, and escaping live steam, Able Seaman Sharpe exhibited steadiness and coolness. His conduct throughout was marked by outstanding courage."

The sinking of HMCS Windflower (Flower Class Corvette - K155) in collision with the Dutch Freighter S.S. Zypenberg off St. John's Newfoundland on 7 December 1941 is described in Chapter 9 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SHARPE, John Winston, Skipper Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Digby - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Digby (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J267) from 10 July 1943 to 6 April 1944.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Orillia (Flower Class Corvette - K.119) from 8 April 1944 to 2 July 1945.
SHARPE. John Winston, 0-66210, Ch/Skr(Temp) [10.7.40] RCNR
HMCS MINAS (J165) m/s, (2.8.42-?)
Skr/Lt(Temp) [14.11.41]
HMCS DIGBY (J267) m/s, CO, (10.7.43-6.4.44)
HMCS ORILLIA (K119) Cof, CO, (8.5.44-2.7.45)
MID~[16.6.45] A/LCdr(Temp) [1.7.45] Demobilized [17.8.45]

"This Officer has served for three years of war in Escort Vessels engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic, with energy and enthusiasm. By his zeal, cheerfulness and wholehearted devotion to duty, he has set a fine example to those working under him."

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SHAW, Edward Pearce, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / With RN - Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1943 (no Canada Gazette).
Home: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Sussexvale (Frigate - 313) from 3 January 1957 to 23 May 1958.
SHAW. Edward Pearce, 0-66300, Lt(Temp) [17.7.40] RCNVR
MID~[1.1.43]
HMCS CRESCENT (R16) DD, stand by (30.8.45-9.9.45)
HMCS CRESCENT (R16) DD, (10.9.45-?) Lt(G) [17.2.40] RCN,
HMCS UGANDA (66) L/Cr, (30.9.46-?) LCdr(G) [15.2.48]
FOPC/StO, (1.5.48-?)
HMCS NIOBE (D/S) CoSt, (G) & XO, (9.4.49-?)
HMCS NIOBE (D/S) Ch/StO, StO(G) (5.7.51-?)
HMCS SUSSEXVALE (313) Fp, CO, (3.1.57-23.6.58)

"For bravery in the face of the enemy and for zeal and devotion to duty."

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SHAW, Harold Campbell, Temporary Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Caraquet (Minesweeper - J.38) - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 26 December 1944.
Home: Westmount, Quebec.
SHAW. Harold Campbell, 0-66340, S/Lt(Temp) [1.5.41] RCNVR
HMCS VENCEDOR (Z21)(P) t/s, (6.10.41-?)
HMCS CARAQUET (J38) m/s, stand by (31.3.42-1.4.42)
HMCS CARAQUET (J38) m/s, (2.4.42-?) Lt(Temp) [1.5.42]
HMCS CARAQUET (J38) m/s, (14.6.42-?) MID~[20.1.45]
Demobilized [4.9.45]

"For gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy."

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SHAW, John James, Warrant Supply Officer - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCN - Awarded as per Canada Gazette 5 June 1943 and London Gazette of 2 June 1943. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.
SHAW. John James, 0-66370, Wt(S) [12.3.41] RCN
MBE~[5.6.43]
Lt(S) [15.12.48] NSHQ (7.5.47-?) CD~[?]

"This Warrant Supply Officer has set an example of cheerfulness, tact and devotion to duty over and above the class of ordinary service that has been an inspiration to all who have come in contact with him."

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SHEDDEN, James Alexander, Radar Assistant Fourth Class (V-34351) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Toronto, Ontario.
SHEDDEN. James Alexander, V-34351, Rad/A 4, RCNVR, MID~[5.1.46]

"This Rating has shown outstanding ability and continuous zeal in maintaining the radar sets in his charge. His confidence in the capabilities of the radar set on board has been an inspiration to all radar operators and was largely responsible for above average results in this branch."

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SHEPPARD, Donald John, Lieutenant (P) - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNVR / HMS Victorious with No. 1836 RN Squadron - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 24 March 1945 and London Gazette of 13 March 1945.
Born in Toronto on 21 January 1924. Home: Toronto, Ontario.
Naval Airman (Pilot Candidate) (HO), RN in 1942.
To HMS St. Vincent for #38 Pilot Course in 1942.
To USNAS Grosse Ille, MI. and USNAS Pensacola for Flying Training in 1942.
Awarded his Wings on 5 May 1943.
Midshipman (A) (Temp.) RNVR in May 1943.
To USNAS Miami, Florida for RN Fighter Course in 1943.
To USNAS Lewiston, ME., for Martlet V conversion course in 1943.
Promoted Acting Sub-Lieutenant(A)(Temp.) RNVR in October 1943.
Royal Navy Instrument Course in 1944.
Transferred to RCNVR in 1944. To USNAS Brunswick, ME., for No. 1835 RN Squadron in November 1943.
To HMS Victorious for No. 1836 RN Squadron in February 1944.
Took part in the Tirpitz raid in April 1944.
Proceeded to the Far East.
Shot down two Oscars in the East Indies strikes on 4 January 1945.
Claimed a Tojo on January 24, 1945 at Palembang.
On January 29, 1945 shared two kills, a Tojo and an Oscar. On May 4, 1945 was credited with a Judy.
Promoted Lieutenant (P) (Temp.), RCNVR in February 1945.
HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
n the only Canadian Corsair Air Ace
n Five confirmed Japanese aircraft destroyed in combat.
n the first Fleet Air Arm Pilot to accomplish this feet.
n one of only sixteen WW2 Fleet Air Arm pilots to achieve five or more air victories.
To Naval Service HQ for Staff Duties in Directorate of Naval Aviation in 1945.
To Stadacona on Miscellaneous Staff for RCN Air Section Dartmouth in 1945.
Transferred to RCN in 1946.
To RAF for Twin Conversion and Jet Conversion in 1946.
To RCAF Trenton for RCAF Instrument Qualifying Course in 1945.
To Stadacona for RCN Barracks Halifax for RCN Air Section (Dartmouth) for 18th Carrier Air Group as pilot in No. 883 RCN Squadron in 1947.
To HMCS Haida for Watchkeeping Training in 1948.
To HHQ for Air Regulations Project in 1948.
To HMCS Star for Staff of Commanding Officer Naval Divisions as Staff Officer (Administration) in 1948.
To Naval HQ for Special Duty at Canadian Joint Air Training Centre (Rivers, Manitoba) as Naval Assistant to the Commandant and Deputy Chief Instructor Offensive Support School Rivers and as Officer-in-Immediate Command of Naval Personnel at CJATC Rivers in 1952.
Qualified as Army Parachutist.
Promoted LCdr in 1953.
To Shearwater as Lieutenant-Commander (Flying) in 1954.
To RCN Instrument Flying course in 1955.
Executive Officer in HMCS Iroquois in 1955.
To RCAF Toronto for RCAF Staff College Course in 1957.
Promoted Commander in 1958.
To National Defence HQ on Staff of Director of Naval Training in 1958.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Fraser (II) (St. Laurent Class Destroyer Escort - 233) from 4 January 1961 to 6 September 1962.
Executive Officer at HMCS Venture (Officer Training Establishment) in September 1962.
Executive Officer at Shearwater in 1964.
To MARCOM HQ as Senior Staff Officer (Operational Requirements) in 1966.
To NATO Defence Staff College Course (Rome, Italy) in 1969.
To NATO Military Agency for Standardization (London UK and Brussels) in 1969.
Retired in 1974.
Afterwards farmed in Nova Scotia and Ontario.
Total Flying Hours 2,655 with 112 Deck Landings.
See the book "A Formidable Hero" for more on Sheppard.

Naval Airman (Pilot Candidate), RN - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1942 (HMS St. Vincent for #38 Pilot Course)
Midshipman (A) (Temp.), RNVR - - - - - - - - - - - - - 04 May 1943 (USNAS Miami and USNAS Lewiston)
Acting Sub-Lieutenant (A) (Temp.), RNVR - - - - - 22 October 1943 (HMS Victorious with No. 1836 RN Squadron)
Sub-Lieutenant (A) (Temp.), RNVR - - - - - - - - - - - 01 February 1944 (Transferred to RCNVR)
Lieutenant (P) (Temp.), RCNVR - - - - - - - - - - - - - -09 February 1945 (Naval Service HQ Directorate of Naval Aviation)
Lieutenant (P), RCN - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -1946 (Transferred to RCN Seniority 09 February 1945)
Lieutenant-Commander (P), RCN - - - - - - -- - - - - - 09 February 1953 (Executive Officer HMCS Iroquois)
Commander (P), RCN - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 01 July 1958 (Commanding Officer of HMCS Fraser)
Retired - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -01 January 1974

SHEPPARD. Donald "Don" John, 0-66535, S/Lt(Temp) [9.2.44] RCNVR
Lt(P) [9.2.45] RCN. DSC~[24.3.45]
883 Sqn, (15.5.47-?) HMCS HAIDA (G63) DD, (1.11.48-?)
HMCS STAR Hamilton Naval Division, StO, (26.1.50-?)
Cdr, CD~[?] RCN,
MCS FRASER (233) DDE, CO, (4.1.61-4.9.62)

"For courage, skill, daring and devotion to duty whilst operating from H.M. Ships Victorious, Indomitable and Indefatigable in an attack on enemy oil refineries in the Far East (at Sumatra on 4th January 1945)."

Shot down two Oscars in the East Indies strikes on 4 January 1945.

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SHEPPARD, Frank Herman, Sub-Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Rosthern - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. Home: Toronto, Ontario.
SHEPPARD. Frank Herman, 0-66537, S/Lt(Temp) [2.2.45] RCNVR
HMCS CAPILANO (K409) Fr, (28.3.45-?) MID~[16.6.45]

"Sub-Lieutenant Sheppard, prior to his promotion, served aboard HMCS Rosthern as an Able Seaman. He showed marked alertness, coolness and efficiency in detecting by Asdic and reporting the presence of an enemy submarine. By his prompt action, the probable destruction of his ship and the loss of many of the ship's company were averted, as two torpedoes from the U-Boat were fired at the ship within a minute after he gained contract."

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SHERWOOD, Edson Crawford, Acting Captain - Officer - Legion of Merit (USA) - RCN / Canadian Naval Attaché USA - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 30 March 1946 and London Gazette of 11 December 1945.
SHERWOOD. Edson Crawford, 0-66620, Cdt 1913, 3rd term RNCC
Mid [1.8.16] RCN
HMS ERIN BB, 1916, A/S/Lt [1.5.18]
HMS WALLINGTON for HMS ARIEL DD, (8.2.18-?) S/Lt [1.8.18]
Transferred RCNVR, RCNVR Half Company Ottawa [22.6.25] RCNVR,
Lt [22.6.25] LCdr [22.6.33] VRD~[?]
Ottawa, ON, RCNVR CO, AdC, (1.1.37-?) A/Cdr [1.1.37]
Appointed Naval Advisor [10.8.38]
Cdr [15.9.39] transferred RCN, A/Capt(WHA) 1945,
Legion of Merit-Degree of Officer(USA)~[30.3.46]
CD~[?], AdC. NDHQ (?)

"For exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States from February 1943 to June 1945. As Canadian Naval Attaché, Washington, D.C., Captain Sherwood was untiring in his efforts to further the prosecutions of the war and to strengthen the ties of friendship between Canada and the United States."

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SHERWOOD, Frederick Henry, Lieutenant-Commander - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNVR / HM Submarine P211 -Awarded as per London Gazette of 23 March 1943 (no Canada Gazette).
Watchkeeping Officer in HM Submarine Sealion from 22 December 1940 to 22 August 1941 on UK operations.
First Lieutenant in HM Submarine L23 from 22 August 1941 to 7 January 1941 operating from HMS Cyclops.
First Lieutenant in HM Submarine P211 (Safari) from 7 January 1942 to 25 November 1945 operating in the Mediterranean and Malta attached to the 8th Flotilla based at Gibraltar. Supported 'Operation Torch', the North African landings. He then took the Submarine Commanding Officer Qualifying Course.
Commanding Officer of HM Submarine P556 (a 1920 US Lend-lease boat) from 15 March 1943 to 15 June 1943 operating from AST Clyde for the Ocean Escort training establishment.
Commanding Officer of HM Submarine Spiteful from 21 July 1943 to 24 July 1946 operating in the Far East and Australia. For more on Sherwood, the first VR in WW2 to Command a submarine, see the booklet "The Canadian Wartime Submariners" by J. David Perkins.
SHERWOOD. Frederick "Freddy" Henry, 0-66640, RCNVR Half Company Ottawa [17.6.33] RCNVR
Lt [17.4.36] RCNVR
RCNVR Division Ottawa CO, (1.9.39-6.6.40)
HMS/M SEALON (N72) WpnO, (22.12.40-22.8.41)
HMS/M L 23, 1stLt, (22.8.41-7.1.42)
HMS/M SAFARI (P211) 1stLt, (7.1.42-25.11.42) LCdr [1.1.43]
HMS/M P 556(aka:"RELUCTANT DRAGON") CO, (15.3.43-15.6.43) DSC~[23.3.43]
HMS/M SPITEFUL (P227) CO, (21.7.43-24.7.46)
Bar to DSC~[15.9.45] Demobilized [24.7.46]

"For courage and skill in successful submarine patrols."

Serving as First Lieutenant in HM Submarine P211 operating in the Mediterranean.


SHERWOOD, Frederick Henry, Lieutenant-Commander, DSC - BAR to Distinguished Service Cross (DSC*) - RCNVR / HM Submarine Spiteful - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette of 24 July 1945.

"For gallant services in war patrol in far eastern waters."

Commanding Officer of HM Submarine Spiteful. The submarine made six war patrols, three from Trincomalee and three from Fremantle. When running out of Fremantle, Sherwood made a 38 day patrol to the South China Sea by way of the Lombok and Karimata Straits and was the first boat to patrol off Singapore since the evacuation in 1942. Only 12.5 days were actually spent on station in the 6,837 nautical miles trip!

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SHILSTON, George, Acting Lieutenant-Commander - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCN / Torpedo Branch - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Ottawa, Ontario.
SHILSTON. George, 0-66660, A/CPO, RCN, 61620
LS&GC~[20.9.27]
Gnr(T) [22.2.29] RCN, HMS RODNEY (8.5.29-?)
HMCS STADACONA (D/S) (7.1.30-?)
HMCS SAGUENAY (D79) DD, stand by (?.9.30-21.5.31)
HMCS SAGUENAY (D79) DD, (22.5.31-?)
RCNB Halifax, (23.8.34-?) Lt(T) [1.7.38] A/LCdr [1.1.45]
MBE~[6.1.45] LCdr(TAS)(T) [1.7.46] Retired [10.4.48]

"This Officer has served a combined period of thirty-five years in the Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy as a Torpedo Specialist. His organizing and technical ability and the keenness with which he has carried out his duties throughout his career in the RCN have been instrumental, in the pre-war period, in improving the efficiency of the Torpedo Branch, and in maintaining the efficiency of a greatly expanded service in the war."

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SHORE, Sidore Basil, Lieutenant-Commander (SB) - The Czechoslovak War Cross (1939) (Czechoslovakia) - RCN - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 3 August 1946 and London Gazette of 3 June 1946.
SHORE. Sidore Basil, 0-66730, Lt(SB)(Temp) [20.10.40 RCNVR
LCdr [1.1.43].
The Czechoslovak Military Cross (1939)~[3.8.46]
Cdr [1.1.49] RCN,
HMC Naval Radio Station, Gloucester, CO, (15.6.50-?)

"For saving the life of a Czechoslovak after being torpedoed on the way to the U.S.S.R."

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SHORT, Samuel, Chief Petty Officer (2681) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Algonquin ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 24 February 1945 and London Gazette of 20 February 1945. Home: Toronto, Ontario.

HMCS Algonquin (I) was a 'V' Class Destroyer (R17).

SHORT. Samuel, 2681, CPO, RCN, MID~[24.2.45]

"For good services in HMS Pursuer and HMCS Algonquin in successful attacks on enemy shipping off the Coast of Norway in November 1944."

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SHUFELT, Stewart Keith, Signalman (V­23511) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 30 March 1946 and London Gazette of 11 December 1945. Home: West Brome, Quebec.

SHUFELT. Stewart Keith, V-23511, Sigmn, RCNVR, DSM~[30.3.46]

"For distinguished service during the war in Europe."

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SHUTE, Thomas, Acting Petty Officer Telegraphist (V­17066) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home: London, Ontario.

SHUTE. Thomas, V-17066, A/PO/Tel, RCNVR, MID~[10.6.44]

"This Rating has, since joining one of His Majesty's Canadian Corvettes in October 1941, carried out his duties most capably, and, as Senior Telegraphist not only efficiently organized his own department, but also contributed largely to the entire efficiency and fighting spirit of the Ship's Company as a whole."

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SIBLEY, George, Able Seaman (A­1392) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.

Home: North Sydney, Nova Scotia.

SIBLEY. George, A-1392, AB, RCNR, MID~[16.6.45]

"This Rating has rendered good and faithful service in the North Atlantic over a long period. He has displayed seamanship of a very high order, and his efficiency and devotion to duty have been an example to all on board."

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SIMMONS, Edward Theodore, Lieutenant - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNVR / HMCS Chambly - Awarded as per London Gazette of 3 March 1942 (no Canada Gazette). Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Executive Officer in HMCS Chambly in January to May 1942.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Port Arthur (Revised Flower Class Corvette - K233) from 26 May 1942 to 8 July 1943.

First Commanding Officer of HMCS Beacon Hill (River Class Frigate - K407) from 16 April 1944 to 12 August 1945.

Executive Officer HMCS Discovery (Naval Reserve Division Vancouver) 25 February 1947 in rank of Commander

SIMMONS. Edward Theodore, 0-67090, A/Lt(Temp) [20.2.40] RCNVR

HMCS CHAMBLY (K116) Cof, (3.12.40-?) DSC~[3.3.42]

HMCS PORT ARTHUR (K233) Cof, CO stand by (30.4.42-25.5.42)

HMCS PORT ARTHUR (K233) Cof, CO, (26.5.42-8.7.43)

DSO~[1.5.43] A/LCdr(Temp) [?] LCdr(Temp) [1.1.44]

HMCS BEACON HILL (K407) Fr, CO, stand by, (15.4.44-15.5.44)

HMCS BEACON HILL (K407) Fr, CO, (16.5.44-2.3.45)

A/Cdr(Temp)(WHA)

HMCS BEACON HILL (K407) Fr, CO, (14.4.45-12.8.45)

Demobilized [3.12.45] Cdr [3.12.45] RCN(R)

HMCS DISCOVERY Vancouver Naval Division, XO, (25.2.47-?)

"For bravery and enterprise in action against enemy submarines - HMCS Chambly."

Details on the action in which HMCS Chambly (Flower Class Corvette - K116) and HMCS Moose Jaw sank U-501 off of Greenland on 10 September 1941 can be found in Chapter seven of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

SIMMONS, Edward Theodore, Lieutenant, DSC - Distinguished Service Order (DSO) - RCNVR / HMCS Port Arthur - Awarded as per London Gazette of 4 May 1943 (no Canada Gazette).

"For skill and judgement in action against enemy Submarines while serving in H.M. Ships Paladin, Gloxinia, Easton and Wheatland, and H.M. Canadian Ships Port Arthur and Ville de Quebec."

HMCS Port Arthur (Flower Class Corvette - K233) sank the Italian Submarine Tritone off the North African coast on 19 January 1943 as described in Chapter 22 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".


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SIMMONS, Ernest Frederick, Acting Leading Seaman (V­14912) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

SIMMONS. Ernest Frederick, V-14912, A/LS, RCNVR, MID~[9.1.45]

"This Rating was recommended when serving as layer of the 4" guns crew when a surfaced enemy U-Boat was destroyed on the night of November 19th-20th, 1943. Since that time, he has carried out his duties on support group and escort group work in the North Atlantic in an exemplary manner. He has served for two years in the North Atlantic."

HMCS Calgary (Revised Flower Class Corvette - K231) and HMCS Snowberry (Flower Class Corvette - K166) sunk U-536 on 20 November 1943 northeast of the Azores as described in Chapter 31 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SIMON, Hugh Edward, Able Seaman (V­42624) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Guysborough ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette of 14 August 1945. Home: Paris, Ontario.

SIMON. Hugh Edward, V-41624, AB, RCNVR, MID~[15.9.45]

"For outstanding courage, resolution and devotion to duty when their ship (HMCS Guysborough) was sunk."

On 17 March 1945, HMCS Guysborough (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J52) was sunk by U-878 off Ushant, France with the loss of 4 officers and 47 crew. This sinking is described in Chapter 62 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SIMPSON, Harold Francis, Acting Chief Petty Officer (V­23029) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 October 1943 and London Gazette of 16 October 1943.

SIMPSON. Harold Francis, V-23029, A/CPO, RCNVR, BEM~[16.10.43]

"For gallantry and undaunted devotion to duty."

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SIMPSON, Herbert Douglas, Able Seaman (V­57265) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / MTB 726 ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 26 December 1944.

Home: Wallaceburg, Ontario. Served aboard MTB 726.

SIMPSOM. Herbert Douglas, V-57265, AB, RCNVR, MID~[20.1.45]

"For gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the coast of Normandy."

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SIMPSON, Peter Marnock, Warrant Engineer - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Frontenac ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.

Home: Medicine Hat, Alberta.

SIMPSOM. Peter Marnock, 0-67232, A/Wt(E)(Temp) [19.8.44] RCNVR

HMCS FRONTENAC (K335) Cofm, (2.4.45-?) Demobilized [16.10.45]

MID~[5.1.46]

"Mr. Simpson has served continuously at sea for three years. His zeal, cheerfulness and unswerving devotion to duty have been an example to all who have served under him."

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SIMPSON, Robert, Chief Engine Room Artificer (21551) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCN
- Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 January 1943 and London Gazette of 1 January 1943.
Home: North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Joined RCN 16 August 1938 ERA 4th Class.
Promoted Acting Warrant Engineer 01 August 1944.
Remained in the RCN postwar.
Last Appointment (rank Lieutenant) as Staff Officer to Deputy Superintendent HMC Dockyard Esquimalt, B.C.
Ships and Establishments: Stadacona,Annapolis, Hamilton, Cornwallis, Niobe, HMS Arethusa, Naden, Armentieres, Restigouche, Sioux, Algonquin, Peregrine, Avalon, Bowmanville, Scotian, Iroquois, Bytown, Shearwater, Wallaceburg, Cape Breton, Outremont, Antigonish.
Awarded CD.
Commended retirement leave 13 February 1961; retired 02 August 1961.
SIMPSON. Robert, 0-67235, CPO/ERA, 21551, RCN
BEM~[9.1.43]
A/Wt(E) [1.8.44] RCN, HMCS BOWMANVILLE (K493) Coc, (20.2.45-?)
HMCS IROQUOIS (G89) DD, (1.2.47-?)
RCNB Halifax, (19.4.48-?)
HMCS SHEARWATER Stn/Air(E) (24.12.48-?)
Cd(E) [1.8.44] HMCS WALLACEBURG(172) AM, (15.11.50-?)

"Serving almost continuously at sea in the Atlantic since the beginning of hostilities,
Engine Room Artificer Simpson has performed his duties with outstanding zeal, patience and cheerfulness,
setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, worthy of the high traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy."

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SIMPSON, Stanley, Acting Chief Petty Officer (V­23025) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SIMPSON. Stanley, V-23025, A/CPO, RCNVR, MID~[16.6.45]

"This Rating during nearly five years of service has served with efficiency, zeal and loyalty. Of this time, forty-four months have been spent at sea. His conduct has been exemplary at all times, and the high standard which he has set in performance of duty, has been worthy of the best traditions of the Service."

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SIMPSON, Thomas Joseph, Able Seaman (V­46636) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette of 14 August 1945. Home: Windsor, Ontario.

SIMPSON. Thomas Joseph, V-46636, AB, RCNVR, DSM~[15.9.45]

"For gallantry, resolution and skill whilst serving in H.M. Ships Conn, Rupert, Redmills, Fitzroy, Byron, Grindall and Keats and H.M. Canadian Ships La Hulloise, Strathdam and Thetford Mines in successful anti U-Boat Warfare."

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SIMS, Patrick Joseph, Acting Chief Petty Officer (V­15115) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

SIMS. Patrick Joseph, V-15115, A/CPO, RCNVR, DSM~[5.1.46]

"Chief Petty Officer Sims for the past twelve years has served in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. During this war, he has served at sea in Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships for forty-two months, six months of which were spent in an operational ship based off the Philippines. He has displayed marked initiative, loyalty and devotion to duty, and has set an excellent example of leadership to the men working with him."

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SINCLAIR, Adelaide Helen, Commander - Officer - Order of the British Empire (OBE) - WRCNS / Director WRCNS - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945.

Born Adelaide Macdonald, 16 January 1900, Toronto, Ontario.

Home: Toronto, Ontario.

Educated at University of Toronto (1918-1922, BA;

1923-1925, MA);

London School of Economics, 1926-1929; University of Berlin, 1929.

Served in RCN, March 25th, 1943 to May 31st, 1946.

She died on November 19th, 1982.

Directorate of History biographical file has a news clipping dated September 25th, 1943 (source uncertain - possibly the Financial Post) which includes the following:

Adelaide Macdonald never thought when she headed a fraternity at college that some day she'd be the big chief of a wartime naval service. After all, her only sailing experience was the occasional dinghy trip on Lake Ontario...Today, as Mrs. Adelaide Sinclair - or officially, Commander Sinclair - she's the Director of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, the first Canadian to hold that post. Back of the appointment is a successful career in political science and plenty of executive training.

Born in Toronto, Mrs. Sinclair grew up during the last war, "which sobered some of us quite a bit." One of these sobering experiences came after she graduated from Havergal College. "My family said I couldn't go to University until I had learned to cook. They said if I didn't learn then, I wouldn't learn later." So as a girl of 17 she took a domestic science course. The next year - the summer of 1918 - "crammed with the six month course" she moved down the Niagara peninsula to take a job as a cook in a girls' berry-picking camp. That was her first real experience in having a share in the direction of other women. Incidentally, they all gained weight.

With the prerequisite in cooking accomplished, the next step was the University of Toronto. There, Mrs. Sinclair majored in political science, graduating in 1920 [sic] with first class honours. That wasn't enough. She wanted graduate work, and plunged into a study of economic history. Then, armed with a fellowship, she took her M.A., acting in the meanwhile as assistant to the dean of women at University College.

College stamped her as the executive type. She was vice-president of her class, president of the Women's Undergraduate Association and on the executive of a dozen other groups. Active also in athletics, she was captain of the first intercollegiate hockey team. Memories of a championship game against McGill co-eds still are vivid.

"We won," Mrs. Sinclair reports. "I was goalkeeper. We had a wonderful defence, and besides the McGill girls didn't shoot very well. They scored no goals." The edge of the victory, however, was completely dulled when Toronto men declared for all to hear, "You played better hockey, but the McGill women looked much smarter."

From Toronto, the nest move was to England where she continued post-graduate work at the London School of Economics..."I spent a couple of summers on the continent," she recalls, "not having a definite idea of what I was going to do, until I received a cable from Canada." The University of Toronto had asked her to return as a lecturer in the Department of Economics. She accepted.

For three years, from 1927, it was a professional career. Then she married Donald B. Sinclair, a Toronto barrister, and took on the role of housewife. Teaching, however, was not out completely. Twice a week, Mrs. Sinclair returned to the job of lecturer and spoke to members of the Y.M.C.A. on current events. With her husband's death in 1938, she devoted more time to executive work on several Toronto welfare agencies.

Her greatest training for her present job, she says, came from her presidency of the Kappa Alpha Theta fraternity, which has a membership of more than 27,000 women in Canada and the United States. Travelling throughout the Dominion of Canada and the States, Mrs. Sinclair saw the problems of discipline and co-ordination involved in an organization that was split into many units. To some extent, she says, those same problems must be met in the Wrens.

 

In 1942 she gave up fraternity executive duties to concentrate on her work as chairman of the Central Volunteer Bureau in Toronto, which directs women in voluntary efforts, and later as chairman of the Women's Salvage Committee. Her background in economics crept up again, and she moved to Ottawa to join the Wartime Prices and Trade Board. In that job she was responsible for keeping the board informed of economic controls in other countries, principally the United States. "When you see what others have done in price control," she comments, "it makes you realize what an excellent job we've done in Canada."

 

In March of this year [1943], Mrs. Sinclair joined the Wrens. England had sent over three officers in May 1942 to help Canada organize a women's division of the Navy, but with the groundwork laid, their mission was completed. A successor to Captain Dorothy Isherwood, W.R.N.S., was needed. Mrs. Sinclair, who had spent four months in England studying methods used there, was named as director of the Wrens, the first Canadian to receive such an appointment.

Today, sitting behind a desk in the new naval headquarters in Ottawa, Mrs. Sinclair is handling her job with skill that comes from long dealings with women's groups. She has none of the hard-bitten mannerisms you might associate with the work. Her cheery expressions help her along inestimably.

"We exist solely to replace men for duties at sea," she says. Today, some 3,000 Canadian Wrens are relieving seamen for more arduous duties. Some are overseas, while 1,000 are in Halifax where they come in close contact with day-to-day naval actions. There is no shortage of girls for clerical and technical duties. There is, however, a shortage of stewards, cooks and laundresses.

Mrs. Sinclair's training in teaching still is being felt. She's mapping, in addition to her administrative work, educational courses for her Wrens. "We want them to leave the service with a full knowledge of world affairs and their responsibility as citizens."

SINCLAIR. Adelaide Helen G, 0-67290, Cdr(Temp) [18.9.43] WRCNS

OBE~[5.1.45] OC~[15.7.67]

"Commander Sinclair has shown untiring zeal and outstanding ability, tact and judgement in organizing the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service into a most efficient and well-disciplined unit."

Awarded the Medal of Service - Order of Canada (SM) in the first list in the Canada Gazette of 15 July 1967 which was converted to the Officer - Order of Canada (OC) in 1972:

"For her contributions to Canada as former Director of the Royal Canadian Naval Service and later as Deputy Director of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund."


Medals of Commander Adelaide Helen Grant SINCLAIR, OC, OBE, WRCNS:

OC - OBE - CVSM - 39/45 War Medal - EIIR Jubilee

Medals Helad by the Canadian War Museum


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SINCLAIR, Holden Alfred, Acting Chief Petty Officer (DEMS) (V­30370) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / SS Yildum DEMS - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Died on 31 October 1989, age 66, at Quesnel, British Columbia.

SINCLAIR. Holden Alfred, V-30370, A/CPO(DEMS), RCNVR, DSM~[5.1.46]

"This Rating joined the Service in the early part of the war. He has served eleven months in General Service and twenty-six months with Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships. During this time, he has served in the North Atlantic, North Pacific and South Pacific. While Petty Officer Sinclair was a Gunlayer on the S.S. Yildum in the St. Lawrence River in 1942, this vessel was attacked by a submarine. Its torpedoes were avoided and the submarine was eventually sighted. It was due to the gunfire directed by this rating that the Escort Vessel was able to get a position on the target. The exceptional keenness and devotion to duty of this rating has been an inspiring example to those serving with him."

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SINCLAIR, Peter Deas, Leading Steward (V­22763) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Lunenburg ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. Home: Southport, Lancaster, England.

HMCS Lunenburg was a Flower Class Corvette (K151).

SINCLAIR. Peter Deas, V-22763, L/Std, RCNVR, MID~[16.6.45]

"This Rating has served aboard HMCS Lunenburg since December 21941. During that period, in spite of almost chronic seasickness, his unfailing cheerfulness and devotion to duty have been an example to both officers and ratings, and he has won the high regard of all on board."

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SINGLETON, Leonard Charles H., Able Seaman (4123) - Mention in Despatches - RCN ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 5 December 1944.

Home: Sarnia, Ontario.

SINGLETON. Leonard Charles H, 4123, AB, RCN, MID~[20.1.45]

"For services in destroying an enemy submarine on 18-19th August 1944."

Ships of Escort Group 11 which included HMCS Chaudiere (River Class Destroyers - H99), HMCS Ottawa (I), and HMCS Kootenay sank U-621 in the Bay of Biscay on 18 August 1944. They also sank a second U-Boat, U-984 on 20 August 1944 as well. These actions are described in Chapter 49 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939 - 1945".

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SISSON, Melvin Roy, Able Seaman (FR­370) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 January 1943 and London Gazette of 1 January 1943.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

SISSON. Melvin Roy, FR-370, AB, RCNR, MID~[9.1.43]

"Throughout his service in the Pacific, Able Seaman Sisson has consistently displayed the utmost zeal, cheerfulness, and devotion to duty."

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SIVERTZ, Bent Gestur, Lieutenant-Commander - Officer - Order of the British Empire (OBE) - RCNR / HMCS Charny - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945.

Home: Victoria, British Columbia.

Started his career as a seaman and then Ship’s Officer in the Merchant Marines.
He taught elementary school and high school in British Columbia.
Recruited to start a school of navigation for the RCN in WW2.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Charny (formerly HMCS Cartier - Training Ship) in September 1944.
Married Barbara who died on 10 December 1994. No Children.
Post war served with External Affairs and then Internal Affairs in the Federal Government.
First Commissioner of the North-West Territories and retired from public life in 1966.
In retirement became a world traveller and wrote a biography of both his Icelandic parents and finished his own autobiography just before he died.
Died at home at Deacon Vale Farm on Mayne Island, British Columbia on 4 October 2000.

SIVERTZ. Bent Gestur, 0-67430, A/Lt(Temp) [15.12.39] RCNR

RCNVR Half Company Vancouver Sup/Reserve [18.1.38]

A/LCdr(Temp) [1.7.43]

HMCS CHARNY (Z26)(A) t/s, CO, (24.4.44-?) LCdr(Temp) [1.7.44]

HMCS KINGS, Halifax, CO, (21.9.44-?) OBE~[5.1.45]

Demobilized [29.6.46]

"For over a period of more than three years, this Officer has displayed the highest degree of enthusiasm, cheerfulness and devotion to duty in the training of junior officers in the Service. By his marked organizing ability and fine example to his subordinates, he has been largely responsible for the high standard of navigation training in the Service."

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SKAVN, Freddy Ove Friberg, Acting Petty Officer (V­2565) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Little River, New Brunswick.

SKAVN. Freddy Ove Friberg, V-2565, A/PO, RCNVR, MID~[6.1.45]

"While serving in His Majesty's Canadian Corvettes over an extended period in the North Atlantic, he displayed great zeal, devotion and untiring effort in the performance of his duties. His example has been an inspiration to the ship's company."

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SKEGGS, Charles Frederick, Acting Leading Seaman (V­17044) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Oakville ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 26 December 1942 and London Gazette of 29 December 1942.

SKEGGS. Charles Frederick, V-17044, A/LS, MID~[26.12.42]

"For good services in action with enemy submarines while serving in HMCS Oakville."

Details on the action in which HMCS Oakville (Flower Class Corvette - K178) sank U-94 in the North Caribbean on 28 August 1942 can be found in Chapter 15 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SKINNER, Edgar G., Lieutenant-Commander - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNR / HMCS Arrowhead - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 13 June 1942 and London Gazette of 11 June 1942.

Commander when award announced.

Awarded RCNR Officers' Decoration (RD) on 6 July 1943.

HMCS RAYON D'OR (Z11)(A) p/v, CO, (20.9.39-?)

Commanding Officer of HMCS Rayon D'Or (Private Yacht - Z11) from 20 September 1939 to July 1940.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Reindeer (Armed Yacht) from 25 July 1940 to 17 January 1941 (LCdr).

Commanding Officer of HMCS Arrowhead (Flower Class Corvette - K145) from 18 January 1941 to 19 April 1943.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Provider (I) (Auxiliary) from 4 July 1943 to 17 November 1943.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Long Branch (Revised Flower Class Corvette Increased Endurance - K487) from 22 January 1944 to 2 February 1944.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Monnow (River Class Frigate - K441) from 17 July 1944 to 11 June 1945.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Qu'appelle (River Class Destroyer - H69) from 7 January 1945 to 2 April 1945. HMCS Qu'appelle was in refit during this period so Skinner was probably nominally the Commanding Officer while actually Commanding HMCS Monnow.

According to "Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1993", he commanded both HMCS Monnow and HMCS Qu'appelle at the same time in 1945!

SKINNER. Edgar George, 0-67520, A/Lt [3.4.29] RCNR, LCdr [3.4.37]

Halifax

HMCS RAYON D'OR (Z11)(A) p/v, CO, (20.9.39-?)

HMCS REINDEER (S08) p/v, CO, (25.7.40-17.1.41)

HMS ARROWHEAD (K145) Cof, CO, (18.1.41-14.5.41)

HMCS ARROWHEAD (K145) Cof, CO (15.5.41-19.4.43) DSC~[13.6.42]

Cdr [1.7.42] HMCS PROVIDER (F100) stc, CO, (4.7.43-17.11.43)

RD~[6.7.43] HMCS LONG BRANCH (K487) Cofm, CO, (22.1.44-2.2.44)

HMCS MONNOW (K441) Fr, CO, stand by (3.2.44-7.3.44)

HMCS MONNOW (K441) Fr, CO, (8.3.44-?)

HMCS MONNOW (K441) Fr, CO, (17.7.44-11.6.45)#

HMCS QU'APPELLE (H69) DD, CO, (7.1.45-2.4.45)#

Demobilized [11.12.45]

"Lieutenant-Commander Skinner has displayed great devotion to duty and given invaluable service in connection with the escort of convoys during exceptionally severe winter months. This Officer, when left as senior officer of the escort, has consistently shown himself capable of carrying responsibility and by his exemplary conduct, initiative and resource, has set an example to others and thus improved the efficiency of those under his command."

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SLAVIN, John Vincent, Ordinary Seaman (V­5672) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Otter ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 4 November 1941 (no Canada Gazette).

Able Seaman when the award was announced.

SLAVIN. John Vincent, V-5672, OS, RCNVR, MID~[4.11.41]

"For gallantry and devotion to duty when HMCS Otter was lost."

The sinking of HMCS Otter (Armed Yacht) after catching fire off of Halifax on 26 March 1941 with the loss of 19 crew is described in Chapter 6 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

The ship's lifeboat went back to HMCS Otter to rescue Lieutenant Mossman. However, the lifeboat was overcrowded and three seamen (OS John Slavin, AB Guilford and OS Wallace O'Hara) left the lifeboat to take their chances with others clinging to a float to relive the over-crowding in the life-boat. OS Wallace O'Hara drowned.

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SMITH, Brian Kemp, Lieutenant (E) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Stormont ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.

Home: Toronto, Ontario.

SMITH. Brian Kempt, 0-67860, S/Lt(E) [1.5.41] RCNVR

Lt(E)(Temp) [1.5.43]

HMCS STORMONT (K327) Fr, stand by, (19.8.43-26.11.43)

HMCS STORMONT (K327) Fr, (27.11.43-9.11.45)

Lt(E)(Temp) [1.11.41] MID~[5.1.45] Demobilized [12.12.45]

"This Officer has served almost continuously at sea for the past four years. During his period of twenty months service on board HMCS Stormont, he displayed qualities of energy, cheerfulness and wholehearted devotion to duty which were an inspiration to those serving with him. Lieutenant Smith was instrumental in maintaining a high state of efficiency in his department at all times."

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SMITH, Harold Armstrong, Electrical Lieutenant (R) - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Dutton, Ontario.

SMITH. Harold Armstrong, 0-68100, Lt(SB)(Temp) [1.5.44] RCNVR

Lt(El)(R) [1.5.44] Demobilized [9.11.45] MBE~[5.1.46]

"Lieutenant Smith has made a very notable contribution to the Royal Canadian Navy by his assistance in the production of a Radar Trainer, which is far in advance of any similar apparatus in any other Allied Navy. In achieving this end, Lieutenant Smith gave unstintingly of his efforts over a long period of time. It was through his determination and shrewd vision that the Royal Canadian Navy now has Radar Training Equipment of which it can be justly proud."

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SMITH, Percy, Acting Leading Seaman (2821) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCN / HMCS Assiniboine - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 12 December 1942 and London Gazette of 3 December 1942. Home: Regina, Saskatchewan.

SMITH. Percy, 2821 (2861?), A/LS, RCN, DSM~[12.12.42] PO, MID~[5.1.46]

"For courage and devotion to duty before the enemy. This rating was in charge of 'A' gun under heavy fire from the enemy for forty minutes. Notwithstanding the fact that all but three of the gun's crew were wounded and out of action, Leading Seaman Smith, completely disregarding his own safety, continued to operate the gun and thus contributed substantially to the success of the operation."

The action in which HMCS Assiniboine (River Class Destroyer - D118) sank U-210 on 6 August 1942 in the North Atlantic while protecting Convoy SC-94 is described in Chapter 14 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".


SMITH, Percy, Petty Officer, DSM (2861) - Mention in Despatches - RCN ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. He manned 'A' Gun on HMCS Assiniboine.

"This Petty Officer has displayed outstanding devotion to duty over a long period of North Atlantic Convoy Duty in His Majesty's Canadian Corvettes. He is most dependable and willing, and due to his knowledge of seamanship, is an inspiration to all those working under him."

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SMITH, Robert Campbell, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / MTB-797 ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette of 12 June 1945.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Acting Commanding Officer of HMC MTB-748 in March 1944

Only Commanding Officer of MTB-797 from 30 December 1944 to 21 May 1945.

SMITH. Robert Campbell, 0-68430, Lt(Temp) [15.4.42] RCNVR

HMC ML 112 (Q112) (25.10.43-?)

HMCS LONG BRANCH (K487) Cofm, (8.1.44-?) Lt(Temp) [15.4.41]

HMC MTB 748, CO, (20.3.44-?) MID~[15.9.45] Demobilized [26.10.45]

"For services in action against enemy light forces in June and July 1944."

"For bravery, skill and great devotion to duty in damaging attacks against enemy shipping off the Coast of France (London Gazette)."

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SMITH, Robert William, Able Seaman (V­37306) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 14 August 1945. Home: Trail, British Columbia.

SMITH. Robert William, V-37306, AB, RCNVR, DSM~[15.9.45]

"For gallantry, resolution and skill whilst serving in H.M. Ships Conn, Rupert, Redmills, Fitzroy, Byron, Grindall and Keats and H.M. Canadian Ships La Hulloise, Strathdam and Thetford Mines in successful anti U-Boat Warfare."

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SMITH, Roy, Chief Engine Room Artificer (2120) - Cross of Valour (Poland) - RCN / HMCS Restigouche ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 21 October 1941 (no Canada Gazette). Acting Warrant Engineer at time award announced.

HMCS Restigouche (I) was a River Class Destroyer (HOO).

SMITH. Roy, 0-68390, CPO/ERA, 2120, RCN

Cross of Valour (Poland)~[21.10.41]

A/Wt(E) [22.7.42] RCN, Cd(E) [1.1.44]

HMCS ONTARIO (53) L/Cr, (15.1.47-?) Lt(E) [1.7.48]

HMCS BEACON HILL (K407) Fr, stand by, (2.5.49-15.5.49)

HMCS BEACON HILL (K407) Fr, (16.5.49-?)

HMCS ROCKCLIFFE (173) AM, (27.5.50-?)

"In recognition of services during the withdrawal of Polish Forces from France in 1940 - HMCS Restigouche."

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SMITH, Roy, Chief Stoker (V­9892) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.

Home: Montreal, Quebec.

SMITH. Roy, V-9892, CPO/Stoker, RCNVR, BEM~[16.6.45]

"Chief Stoker Smith, having served in the last Great War, has now spent three and a half years at sea in the present war. By his zeal, efficiency and devotion to duty, he has constantly maintained his department at a high standard and has been an inspiration to all members of the Engine Room Staff serving under him."

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SMITH, William, Temporary Chief Petty Officer (2333) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCN - Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1945 (no Canada Gazette).

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

SMITH. William, V-24429, Sto 1, RCNVR, BEM~[21.4.45]

"For gallantry or outstanding service in the face of the enemy or for zeal, patience and cheerfulness in dangerous waters and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, upholding the high traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy." New Years List (Admiralty) A.F.O. 239/45.

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SMITH, William, Stoker First Class (V­24429) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR / HMCS Clayoquot - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 April 1945 and London Gazette of 26 March 1945. Home: Cheshire, England.

"On the occasion of the loss of HMCS Clayoquot, although in very cold water, he gave up his life jacket to a rating who could not swim, thereby exposing himself willingly to probable death through exhaustion and to actual internal injuries of a serious nature when the boilers exploded on the ship sinking."

HMCS Clayoquot (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J174) was torpedoed by U-806 off Halifax on 24 December 1944 as described in Chapter 56 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SMITH, William, Stoker Petty Officer (A­4839) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Kenogami ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia.

SMITH. William, A-4839, PO/Stoker, RCNR, MID~[5.1.46]

"For the past three years, Petty Officer Smith has given keen and valuable service in HMCS Kenogami. He has shown decided resourcefulness during this period. He has not only carried out his duties as Stoker, but has continually assisted the Chief Engine Room Artificer in keeping machinery in top operating condition. His reliability and devotion to duty have been exemplary at all times."

HMCS Kenogami (Flower Class Corvette - K125), HMCS Chilliwack, HMCS St. Laurent, HMCS Battleford, HMCS Napanee and HMCS Shediac assisted in sinking U-356 on 27 December 1942, northwest of the Azores. This is described in Chapter 20 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SMITH, William Nelson, Chief Motor Mechanic Third Class (V­46528) - British Empire Medal (BEM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. Home: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

"On the occasion of the Celebration of His Majesty's Birthday. For outstanding zeal, patience and cheerfulness and for never failing to set an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, without which the high tradition of the Royal Navy could not have been upheld."

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SMITH, William Valentine, Engine Room Artificer Second Class (V­33077) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS St Laurent ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Three Rivers, Quebec.

SMITH. William Valentine, V-33077, ERA 2, RCNVR, MID~[5.1.46]

"This Rating has served at sea, chiefly in minesweepers and in HMCS St. Laurent continuously for the past four years. He has consistently been a cheerful and efficient worker. His loyalty and ability have won him the regard of his superior officers and his cheerfulness and professional skill have made him an example to ratings serving with him."

HMCS St. Laurent (River Class Destroyer - H83) along with HMCS Swansea, HMCS Owen Sound, and HMS Forester (RN Destroyer) sank U-845 in mid-Atlantic on 10 March 1944 as described in Chapter 35 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SNELGROVE, Donald Edward, Chief Petty Officer (3418) - Mention in Despatches - RCN ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.

Home: St. John, New Brunswick.

"By his experience and his great enthusiasm in his work, this Chief Petty Officer has contributed greatly to the efficiency of his ship, and by his zeal and devotion to duty has set an inspiring example, worthy of the highest traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy."

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SNIDER, Sidney, Able Seaman (A­5526) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Windsor, Ontario.

SNIDER. Sidney, A-5526, AB, RCNR, MID~[6.1.45]

"Throughout an extended period of service at sea, this Rating has consistently displayed outstanding zeal, efficiency and devotion to duty."

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SNOBELEN, Samuel Baird, Able Seaman (V­50344) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 3 July 1945.

Home: Chatham, Ontario.

SNOBELEN. Samuel Baird, V-50344, AB, RCNVR, MID~[15.9.45]

"For services in action with enemy light forces on 24th - 25th February 1945."

"For courage and skill while serving in Light Coastal Forces in successful engagements with enemy shipping (London Gazette Citation)."

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SNOW, Henry, Able Seaman (A­2212) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home: Canso, Nova Scotia.

"This Rating has consistently and devotedly carried out his duties. He is most dependable and willing, and in action, in charge of the Depth Charge Crew, his cheerfulness and leadership are an inspiration to those working with him."

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SOUTHON, Arnold Benjamin, Commissioned Writer - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCN - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 8 January 1944 and London Gazette of 1 January 1944. Home: Esquimalt, British Columbia.

SOUTHON. Arnold Benjamin, 0-68980, Cd/Wtr [1.1.44] RCN

MBE~[8.1.44]

RCNB Halifax, (15.8.46-?) Lt(S) [1.1.45]

HMCS HAIDA (G63) DD, (31.5.48-?)

HMCS PORTAGE (169) AM, SupO, (22.4.50-?) CD~[?]

HMC Dockyard Halifax, SupO, (1.6.51-?)

"This Officer's career, since his promotion from Chief Petty Officer, has been outstanding and he has distinguished himself as a most intelligent, able and personable officer. He has, at all times during his service career, displayed untiring devotion to duty and a cheerful manner in meeting any situation, and has inspired confidence and loyalty in his associates."

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SPEIGHT, Lenn, Petty Officer (2692) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Assiniboine - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 25 September 1943 and London Gazette of 19 August 1943. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Lauzon (River Class Frigate - 322) in December 1960.

SPEIGHT. Lenn, 0-69110, PO, 2692, RCN

MID~[25.9.43]

Bosn [11.8.43] RCN, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE (H00) DD, (20.9.43-?)

HMCS PRESTONIAN (K662) Fr, (15.3.45-?) Cd/Gnr [1.7.48]

Lt [15.12.48]

HMCS BRUNSWICKER Naval Div Saint John, StO, (2.2.49?)

RCNB Halifax, TAS School, (1.11.50-?) CD~[?]

LCdr, RCN, HMCS LAUZON (322) Fp, CO, (22.12.60-?)

"This Asdic Rating was of great assistance to the Commanding Officer (of HMCS Assiniboine) in action with an enemy submarine. His reports on the U-Boat movements were at all times clear and concise, and enabled the ship to close and ram the submarine."

The action in which HMCS Assiniboine (River Class Destroyer - D118) sank U-210 on 6 August 1942 in the North Atlantic while protecting Convoy SC-94 is described in Chapter 14 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SPENCE, Wilbert C., Able Seaman (V-15256) - Czechoslovak Military Cross (Czechoslovakia) - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 22 February 1944 (no Canada Gazette).

SPENCE. Wilbert C, V-15256, AB, RCNVR

The Czechoslovak Military Cross(1939)~[22.2.44]

"For assisting in rescuing nine Czechoslovak officers during an attack on a British Convoy in July 1943."

* * * * *

SPENCE, William, Chief Engine Room Artificer (V­17088) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Chambly - Awarded as per London Gazette of 3 March 1942 (no Canada Gazette).

Acting Warrant Officer (E) (Temp), RCNVR on 1 May 1943.

To HMCS Prince Henry (F.70) on 15 December 1943.

To HMCS Moose Jaw (Corvette - K.164) on 5 October 1944.

SPENCE. William, 0-69170. CPO/ERA, V-17088, RCNVR

DSM~[3.3.42]

A/Wt(E)(Temp) [1.5.43] RCNVR,

HMCS PRINCE HENRY (F70) amc, (15.12.43-?)

HMCS MOOSE JAW (K164) Cof, (5.10.44-?) Demobilized [26.10.45]

"For bravery and enterprise in action against enemy submarines - HMCS Chambly."

Details on the action in which HMCS Chambly (Flower Class Corvette - K116) and HMCS Moose Jaw sank U-501 off of Greenland on 10 September 1941 can be found in Chapter seven of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".


* * * * *

SPENCER, Dianna, Lieutenant - Commendation - WRCNS / Cypher Office at Canadian Naval Mission Overseas ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

SPENCER. Dianna, 0-69190, Lt(Temp) [18.9.44] WRCNS

Commendation~[5.1.46]

"This Officer is one of four Signal Officers, who together with 23 Communications ratings, maintained the Coding and Cypher Offices at the Canadian Naval Mission Overseas. These offices were in a particularly vulnerable spot and in full operation twenty­four hours a day throughout the entire period of the flying bomb attacks on London, during the summer of 1944. During these times of stress, Lieutenant Spencer, by her tireless devotion to duty, her initiative, tact and cheerfulness, exhibited outstanding qualities of courage and leadership which inspired all who worked with her."

* * * * *

SPERSHOTT, Walter Edgar, Warrant Engineer - Mention in Despatches - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945.

Home: Victoria, British Columbia.

"This Officer's untiring efforts have resulted in a very high standard of efficiency in his department. At no time has his ship put into port or sailing been delayed through an engine defect. He has served in His Majesty's Canadian Corvettes and Bangors for a considerable time, and his leadership and cheerfulness have been an inspiration both to his brother officers and the men in his charge."

* * * * *

SPICER, William Wright, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Calgary, Alberta.

SPICER. William Wright, 0-69240, S/Lt(Temp) [1.5.41] RCNVR

RCNVR Div, Regina, (17.8.41-?) Lt(Temp) [1.11.40]

HMCS FORT WILLIAM (J311) m/s, (1942?)

HMCS ST. CATHARINES (K325) Fr, stand by (10.6.43-30.7.43)

HMCS ST. CATHARINES (K325) Fr, (31.7.43-?) MID~[6.1.45]

HMCS TECUMSEH, Calgary Naval Div, CO, (11.2.46-?)

A/LCdr RCN(R) LCdr [31.5.46]

HMCS QUEEN Regina Naval Div, CO, (15.8.47-?)

As First Lieutenant of a convoy escort in the North Atlantic, this Officer has displayed outstanding zeal, patience and cheerfulness. When in action with an enemy U-Boat, he set and example of wholehearted devotion to duty which was an inspiration to those serving with him."

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SPINNEY, Charles Wallace, Lieutenant (SB) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / Naval Fire Marshall ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home: Kentville, Nova Scotia.

Spinney was Gunnery Officer in HMCS Moose Jaw when she sank U-501.

SPINNY. Charles Wallace, 0-69250, Lt(SB)(Temp) [4.11.42] RCNVR

MID~[10.6.44]

"This Officer, as Naval Fire Marshall, displayed great courage and devotion to duty during the fire aboard S.S. Volunteer, at which time he assisted in the rescue of another man."

* * * * *

SPRAGG, Jonathan Henry, Sick Bay Petty Officer (V­2376) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1945 (no Canada Gazette).

Home: Saint John, New Brunswick.

SPRAGG. Jonathan Henry, V-2376, SBPO, RCNVR, MID~[1.1.45]

"For gallantry or outstanding service in the face of the enemy or for zeal, patience and cheerfulness in dangerous waters and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, upholding the high traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy." New Years List (Admiralty) A.F.O. 239/45.

* * * * *

ST. PIERRE, Francis, Able Seaman (3244) - Mention in Despatches - RCN / HMCS Restigouche ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 18 October 1940 (no Canada Gazette).

HMCS Restigouche (I) was a River Class Destroyer (HOO).

ST. PIERRE. Francis, 3244, AB, RCN, MID~[5.6.43]

"For good services when HMCS Fraser was lost."

Details of the sinking of HMCS Fraser (River Class Destroyer - H48) in collision with HMS Calcutta on 25 June 1940 near Pointe de Courbe light is given in Chapter Two of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945."

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STACEY, William Roland, Lieutenant-Commander - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Malpeque - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home:

First Commanding Officer of HMCS Malpeque (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J148) from 4 August 1941 to 5 August 1942. Commanding Officer (second time) of HMCS Malpeque (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J148) from 14 September 1942 to 12 August 1943. Commanding Officer (third time) of HMCS Malpeque (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J148) from 14 September 1943 to 24 October 1943.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Ettrick (River Class Frigate - K254) from 29 January 1944 to 20 February 1944.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Saint John (River Class Frigate - K456) from 21 February 1944 to 18 February 1945.

Commanding Officer (again) of HMCS Saint John (River Class Frigate - K456) from 2 April 1945 to 19 June 1945.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Mimico (Revised Flower Class Corvette Increased Endurance - K485) from 26 January 1945 to 1 February 1945.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Matane (River Class Frigate - K444) from 4 February 1945 to 28 March 1945.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Discovery (Naval Reserve Division Vancouver) from 22 August 1947 to 30 June 1947 (Promoted Commander).

Continued as Commanding Officer of HMCS Discovery from 1 July 1947 to 30 June 1950.

He retired as a Captain.

His son was the Staff Officer at HMCS Discovery in the 1990s.

STACEY. William Roland, 0-69360, A/Lt(Temp) [10.9.39] RCNR

HMC Naval Base, Vancouver, Exam/Svc, (10.9.39-?)

Lt(Temp) [10.9.38]

HMCS HARO (Z06)(P) 215/10, tug, CO, (23.8.40-?)

A/LCdr [1.6.43] HMCS MALPEQUE (J148) m/s, CO, (4.8.41-5.8.42)

HMCS MALPEQUE (J148) m/s, CO, (14.9.42-12.8.43)

HMCS MALPEQUE (J148) m/s, CO, (14.9.43-24.10.43)

HMCS ETTRICK (K254) Fr, CO, (29.1.44-20.2.44) MID~[16.6.44]

HMCS MIMICO (K485) Cofm, CO, (26.1.45-1.2-45)

HMCS SAINT JOHN (K456) CO, (21.2.44-18.2.45) LCdr [1.1.45]

HMCS MATANE (K444) Fr, CO, (4.2.45-28.3.45)?

HMCS SAINT JOHN (K456) CO, (2.4.45-19.6.45) DSC~[21.4.45]

Demobilized [13.7.45] LCdr [1.1.45] RCN(R) A/Cdr

HMCS DISCOVERY Vancouver Naval Division, CO, (1.11.46-?)

HMCS DISCOVERY Vancouver Naval Division, CO, (4.8.47- 30 June 1950)

Cdr [1.7.48]

"This Officer has served at sea for the greater part of the war and for two years was in command of one of His Majesty's Canadian Minesweepers (HMCS Malpeque) employed in the extremely arduous duties of local escort work on the Atlantic Coast of Canada. He has set an excellent example to others by his efficiency, cheerfulness and devotion to duty."


STACEY, William Roland, Lieutenant-Commander - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNVR / HMCS Saint John - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 April 1945 and London Gazette of 20 March 1945. Home:

"For outstanding skill, courage and zeal in Anti-U-Boat operations while serving in H.M. Canadian Ships Annan and Saint John." (London Gazette has HMCS St. John)

HMCS Saint John (River Class Frigate - K456) and HMCS Swansea (River Class Frigate) sank U-247 off Cornwall on 1 September 1944 as described in Chapter 51 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

Details on the action in which HMCS Saint John (River Class Frigate - K456) sank U-309 in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 16 February 1945 can be found in Chapter 59 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

Medals of Captain William Roland STACEY, DSC, RCN(R)

DSC - British War Medal - Mercantile Marine Medal - 39/45 Star - Atlantic Star - CVSM & Clasp - 39/45 War Medal with MID


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STAIRS, John Fitzwilliam, Lieutenant-Commander - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Columbia ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 29 May 1943 and London Gazette of 5 October 1943. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

HMCS Columbia (I) was a Town Class Destroyer (I49).

Commanding Officer of HMCS Chicoutimi (Flower Class Corvette - K156) from 16 February 1943 to 7 May 1944.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Lanark (River Class Frigate - K669) from 6 July 1944 to 5 April 1945.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Merrittonia (Revised Flower Class Corvette Increased Endurance - K688) from 6 April 1945 to 25 April 1945.

Commanding Officer (again) of HMCS Lanark (River Class Frigate - K669) from 10 May 1945 to 20 October 1945.

STAIRS. John Fitzwilliam, 0-69400, RCNVR Company Montreal [29.5.35] RCNVR

Lt [3.9.36] RCNVR

A/LCDR [1.1.42] HMCS COLUMBIA (I45) DD, (17.4.42-?)

LCdr [1.1.43] HMCS CHICOUTIMI (K156) Cof, (9.1.43-15.2.43]

HMCS CHICOUTIMI (K156) Cof, CO, (16.2.43-7.5.44) MID~[29.5.43]

HMCS MERRITTONIA (K688) Cofm, CO, (6.4.45-25.4.45)

HMCS LANARK (K669) Fr, CO, stand by (12.5.44-5.7.44)

HMCS LANARK (K669) Fr, CO, (6.7.44-5.4.45)

HMCS LANARK (K669) Fr, CO, (10.5.45-20.10.45)

A/Cdr(WHA) Demobilized [10.10.45]

"This Officer was in charge of the boarding party and the salvaging of S.S. Matthew Luckenback and displayed great initiative and devotion to duty."

"For good services in connection with the salvage of S.S. Matthew Luckenbach while serving in HMCS Columbia (London Gazette Citation)."

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STANLEY, Alfred George, Lieutenant-Commander - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Georgian ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 29 May 1943 and London Gazette of 29 May 1943. Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Navigating Officer of the Canadian Schooner Venture (112' Training Vessel) in 1938.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Fundy (I) (Fundy Class Minesweeper - J88) from 23 February 1940 to 7 March 1941.

First Commanding Officer of HMCS Georgian (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J144) from 23 September 1941 to 21 September 1942.

STANLEY. Alfred George, 0-69460, Lt [4.12.36] RCNR Halifax

HMCS SKEENA (D59) DD, (20.9.39-?)

HMCS FUNDY (J88) m/s, (23.1.40-22.2.40)

HMCS FUNDY (J88) m/s, CO, (23.2.40-7.3.41) A/LCdr [1.6.40]

HMCS GEORGIAN (J144) m/s, CO stand by (10.3.41-22.9.41)

HMCS GEORGIAN (J144) m/s, CO, (23.9.41-21.9.42) LCdr [1.1.43]

MID~[29.5.43] A/Cdr(WHA) Demobilized [2.7.45] Medically Unfit [28.10.46]

"Lieutenant-Commander Stanley was the Commanding Officer of HMCS Georgian when a submarine was sighted which immediately submerged. Through his coolness and efficiency in handling his ship, an excellently conducted depth charge attack was carried out, which probably resulted in damage to the submarine."

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STANNARD, Leslie Alfred, Able Seaman (V­9850) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette 5 June 1943 and London Gazette of 2 June 1943.

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

STANNARD. Leslie Alfred, V-9850, AB, RCNVR

MID~[5.6.43] A/LS DSM~[15.9.45]

"Throughout an extended period of service at sea in the North Atlantic, this Rating has displayed outstanding zeal, efficiency, and devotion to duty."

STANNARD, Leslie Alfred, Acting Leading Seaman (V­9850) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Saint John - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 3 July 1945.

"For good services in action with an enemy U-Boat in the Western Approaches on 16th February 1945."

"For bravery, skill and determination while serving in H.M. Ships Wild Goose, Labuan, Loch Fada, Rowley, Duckworth, Keats and Tyler and HMCS St. John in operations against enemy submarines (London Gazette)."

Details on the action in which HMCS Saint John (River Class Frigate - K456) sank U-309 in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 16 February 1945 can be found in Chapter 59 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

* * * * *

STARR, John Rex, Signalman (V­24919) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS St. Catharines - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 September 1944 and London Gazette of 18 July 1944. Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

STARR. John Rex, V-24919, Sigmn, RCNVR, DSM~[9.9.44]

"For outstanding leadership, skill and devotion to duty in HMS Icarus and H.M. Canadian Ships Chilliwack, Chaudiere, Fennel, Gatineau and St. Catherines in a successful operation against a U-Boat."

HMCS St. Catharines, (River Class Frigate - K325), HMCS Gatineau, HMCS Chaudiere, and HMCS Chilliwack assisted in sinking U-744 in mid-Atlantic on 6 March 1944 as described in Chapter 34 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

* * * * *

STEAD, Gordon Wilson, Lieutenant-Commander - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNVR / Royal Navy Fairmile ML-126 - Awarded as per London Gazette of 29 September 1942 (no Canada Gazette).

Born on 4 February 1913. Home: Vancouver, British Columbia

At age 15 purser's writer in RMS Niagara on Australia run, worked for Straits Towing and on first geodetic survey of B.C. coast in 1930s.

Joined the militia.

Acting Lieutenant, RCNVR on 21 September 1940.

With 50 other RCNVRs on passage in RMS Empress of Australia and training at King Alfred (8th and 9th RCNVR classes October to November 1940).

Celestial navigation course December 1940.

HMS Wolfe (Armed Merchant Cruiser) 1 January 1941.

HMS St. Christopher March 1941.

The Seahawk (Ft William and Ardishaig, Scotland) for ML course. Command of HM ML-26 May 1941 in Brixham.

Passage to Malta arriving 17 March 1942.

Commanding Officer of 34th Motor Launch Flotilla and Royal Navy Fairmile ML-126 which was part of the coastal forces at Malta from March 1942 to March 1943.

Senior Officer 3rd ML Flotilla from 25 March 1943 to 19 October 1943 as Acting LCdr.

Command MTB base Augusta, Sicily, October to December 1943.

Passage and Home Leave 9 December 1943.

Additional in HMCS Iroquois 10 March 1944 for 'D' Day.

Promoted LCdr 1 January 1945; demobilized 12 October 1945.

BA and BComm from UBC.

Career in public service and education. Director General Department of Transport's Marine Services 1958.

Creation of Canadian Coast Guard College and headed CCG for 12 years.

Professor at UBC.

See page 198, "Victory at Sea".

He died on 19 October 1995 in Vancouver.

STEAD. Gordon Wilson, 0-69670, Lt(Temp) [21.9.40] RCNVR

DSC~[29.9.42] Lt(Temp) [21.9.39]

A/LCdr(Temp) [1.1.44] HMCS IROQUOIS (G89) DD, (10.3.44-?)

Bar to DSC~[24.6.44] LCDr(Temp) [1.1.45]

Demobilized [12.10.45]

"For bravery and sustained devotion to duty in keeping the approaches to the harbours of Malta clear of mines."

The mine-sweeping flotilla in which he commanded a Royal Navy Fairmile cleared over four hundred magnetic mines from North African, Sicilian and Italian waters, and was the first to enter the harbours of Catania, Tripoli and Sfax. (Chapter 18 of "Far Distant Ships".)


STEAD, Gordon Wilson, Acting Lieutenant-Commander, DSC - BAR to Distinguished Service Cross (DSC*) - RCNVR / Royal Navy Fairmile - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 24 June 1944 and London Gazette of 23 May 1944.

"For good service in attack on Salerno."

* * * * *

STEADMAN, Leslie John, Able Seaman (V­24338) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945.

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

STEADMAN. Leslie John, V-24338, AB, RCNVR, MID~[6.1.45]

"By his exemplary character, devotion to duty and cheerful personality, this Rating has set an example and provided an inspiration for the Ship's Company. His contribution to the ship's fighting efficiency has entailed long hours of voluntary extra work."

* * * * *

STEELE, Norbert Joseph, Petty Officer (3588) - Mention in Despatches - RCN ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 April 1945 and London Gazette of 20 March 1945.

Home: Newport, Prince Edward Island.

STEELE. Norbert Joseph, 3588, PO, RCN, MID~[21.4.45]

"Attention was drawn to this Rating for the calm, cool and efficient manner in which he performed his duties as Coxswain in an encounter with the enemy."

* * * * *

STEELE, Richard Miles, Temporary Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Algonquin - Awarded as per London Gazette of 12 June 1945 (no Canada Gazette). Citation reads:

"The King has been graciously pleased on the Occasion of the Celebration of His Majesty's Birthday to give orders for the following awards for gallantry or outstanding service in the face of the enemy, or for zeal,

patience and cheerfulness in dangerous waters, and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty upholding the high tradition of the Royal (Canadian) Navy."

Born Sept. 22, 1915, in Rothesay, New Brunswick
Died March 14, 2010 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Probationary Sub Lieutenant, RCNVR retroactive to 22 December 1941
Served in HMCS Rimouski (K121) starting 29 April 1942
Posted to HMCS Algonquin (R17) from 20 January 1944 to 16 February 1944 to stand bay and sailed on 17 February 1944 to 1945
Promoted to Lieutenant-Commander, RCN(R) on 13 March 1945
Mentioned in Despatches (MID) 16 June 1945
Demobilized 15 March 1946
Commanding Officer of HMCS Wallaceburg (Algerine Class Minesweeper - J336) from 3 June 1946 to 7 October 1946 with rank of LCdr.
Staff Officer at HMCS CHIPPAWA, Winnipeg Naval Division 25 January 1947 and promoted to Lieutenant-Commander, RCN on 01 March 1947.
Promoted to Commander on 01 July 1951
Commanding Officer of HMCS NOOTKA(213) DDE effective 29 October 1951 to 16 January 1953 in Korea
Awarded Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 20 December 1952
To RCN Depot Halifax, Manning Cdr East Coast 9 March 1953
Executive Officer and Chief of Staff HMCS NIAGARA(NMCS Washington) on 15 August 1955
Promoted Acting Captain, RCN (WHA) on 15 August 1955
To Naval Service Headquarters for Dir/Org 10 February 1958
Promoted substantive Captain, RCN on 01 July 1958
Chief of Staff HMCS PATRIOT 21 September 1959 (HMCS Patriot was located in Hamilton was the Headquarters of the Commanding Officer Naval Divisions (COND), as well as the Great Lakes Training Centre.)
CANCOND(H00) from 21 June 1960 to 22 August 1960 (? Canadian Contingent)
Commanding Officer HMCS CORNWALLIS(E36) 18 August 1961
Tri/Service(E80) (SACLANT) (17.7.64-?)
Retired 1969
STEELE. Richard Miles, 0-69700, (Saint John, NB)
P/S/Lt [22.12.41] RCNVR
HMCS RIMOUSKI(K121) Cof, (29.4.42-?)
Lt(Temp) [22.12.41]
HMCS ALGONQUIN(R17) DD, stand by (20.1.44-16.2.44)
HMCS ALGONQUIN(R17) DD, (17.2.44-?)
LCdr(Temp) [13.3.45]
HMCS ALGONQUIN(R17) DD, (30.3.45-?)
LCdr [15.3.45] RCN(R)
MID[15.6.45]
Demobilized [15.3.46]
HMCS WALLACEBURG(J336) m/s, CO, (3.6.46-7.10.46)
HMCS CHIPPAWA, Winnipeg Naval Division, Staff Officer (25.1.47-?)
LCdr [1.3.47] RCN,
Cdr [1.7.51]
HMCS NOOTKA(213) DDE, (28.10.51)
HMCS NOOTKA(213) DDE, CO, (29.10.51-16.1.53) DSC~[20.12.52]
RCN Depot Halifax, Manning Cdr East Coast (9.3.53-?) CD~[?]
HMCS NIAGARA(NMCS Washington) XO & CoSt, (15.8.55-?)
A/Capt(WHA)
NSHQ for Dir/Org, (10.2.58-?}
Capt [1.7.58]
HMCS PATRIOT for CoSt, (21.9.59-?) (130)
CANCOND(H00) (21.6.60)&(22.8.60-?)
HMCS CORNWALLIS(E36) CO, (18.8.61-?)
Tri/Service(E80) (SACLANT) (17.7.64-?)

Citation for Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

"Commanding Officer HMCS Nootka in Korean waters from 12 February 1952 to 9 November 1952."

Captain Richard ('Dick') M. Steel, CM, DSC, CD, RCN

Obituary: by John Brett
Found at: Former Shipmates (jproc.ca/r17/shipmate.html)

Family man, horticulturalist, navy veteran, aesthete.
Born Sept. 22, 1915, in Rothesay, New Brunswick
Died March 14, 2010 in Bridgewater, N.S., of multiple causes, aged 94.

At his beloved plant farm, surrounded by rhododendrons in full bloom, Captain Richard (Dick) Steele would chuckle and say, "I used to be one of my country's hired assassins, but I've always thought of myself as a pacifist. That's what I'm doing here, in my own way."

Dick believed that beautiful plants and gardens made people more virtuous and the world a more peaceful place. To many, he was "Captain Rhododendron," a tongue-in-cheek homage to a visionary who opened up new possibilities for ornamental horticulture in Atlantic Canada and beyond. That was the other side of the man who was commander of the Tribal-class destroyer HMCS Nootka, a veteran of the Second World War and Korea, and recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross.

Dick's life as the first of eight children of Ralph and Ethel Steele wasn't easy. He suffered from polio and his father died of lung cancer when Dick was 15. Early vocations included fur trapper, sports reporter and bank clerk. In 1940, he headed to Halifax for officer training in the Royal Canadian Navy. He married Nancy MacDonald in 1941; three children followed, Dick Jr., Sally and Diana.

Even in the midst of the Battle of the Atlantic, Dick's aesthetic sensitivity was apparent. The interior of HMCS Rimouski was, in his words, "grey and cramped and bad for morale. I told the men to pick a colour scheme out of one of the lady's magazines and repaint her. I figured that way we couldn't go too far wrong."

As commander of Cornwallis naval base in Nova Scotia in 1961, he banished such naval icons as painted rocks and anchors, replacing them with flowering shrubs grown from his own seeds and cuttings.

Later, while Canadian naval adviser to NATO in Norfolk, Va., he often travelled to Europe, squeezing in plant research on the side.

After retiring from the navy in 1969 he started York River Nursery in Virginia. Dick returned to Nova Scotia and set up Bayport Plant Farm in 1973. Diana managed the business, and he focused on crossbreeding rhododendron species and hybrids to produce tough plants for the Atlantic climate. Nancy was in firm command on the domestic front. In 1998, Dick was awarded the gold medal of the American Rhododendron Society. In 2004, he became a member of the Order of Canada.

In the navy, Dick had a reputation for being a no-nonsense, pragmatic sea officer, impatient of formalities and bureaucracy.

Yet as a mentor to several generations of plant lovers, he showed great kindness and generosity of spirit. Dick leaves behind friends, colleagues and admirers that span the globe and a legacy of rhododendrons for generations to come.

Awarded Member of the Order of Canada (CM) as per the Canada Gazette of 18 September 2004 as a Rhododendrons and Azaleas Expert - Awarded on 13 May 2004 and invested on 10 December 2004 (the last holder of the DSC to be made a member of the Order of Canada).
"For over 50 years, Richard Steele has made outstanding contributions to horticulture in Canada. One of North America's leading experts in rhododendrons and azaleas, he is renowned for having developed hundreds of new hybrids that can withstand Atlantic Canada's harsh growing climate. His infectious enthusiasm for rhododendrons and his willingness to share his vast knowledge have earned him the respect of plant breeders nationally and internationally. Bayport Plant Farm, his nursery of 30,000 ornamental plants, will be a living legacy for generations of Canadians who share his passion."

His Medals are: Member of the Order of Canada (CM) - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - 1939-1945 Star - Atlantic Star with bar France & Germany - Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp - 1939/1945 War Medal with MID - Canadian Korean Volunteer Service Medal - Canadian Korea Medal - United Nations Korea Medal - Canadian Forces Decoraiton and bar and perhaps a US Legion of Merit (Officer) (last medal not confirmed.


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STEEN, Charles Scott, Leading Seaman (V­24734) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Prince Rupert -Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 12 September 1944.

Home: Dauphin, Manitoba.

STEEN. Charles Scott, V-24734, LS, RCNVR, DSM~[20.1.45]

"For courage, resolution and skill in His Majesty's Ships Bickerton and Mull and HMCS Prince Rupert in anti-U-Boat operations."

HMCS Prince Rupert (River Class Frigate - K324), along with USN Destroyers and RAF Squadron 172, assisted in the sinking of U-575 on 13 March 1944 in the Atlantic as described in Chapter 36 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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STEPHEN, George Hay, Lieutenant-Commander - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNR / HMCS Mayflower - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 13 June 1942 and London Gazette of 11 June 1942.

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Served in the Merchant Marine until joining the RCNR on 21 November 1939 (with seniority 29 November 1934).

Home: Montreal, Quebec.

Promoted Acting LCdr on 1 July 1940.

First Commanding Officer of HMCS Mayflower (Flower Class Corvette - K191) from 28 November 1940 to 12 May 1942 (DSC for salvage of a Merchantman).

Commanding Officer of HMCS Columbia (Town Class Destroyer - I49) from 14 May 1942 to 17 March 1943 (OBE for salvage of a second Merchantman and MID for prolonged tow of consort). Promoted LCdr on 29 November 1942.

Commanding Officer of HMCS St. Laurent (I) (River Class Destroyer - H83) from 13 March 1943 to 14 April 1944 (received Bar to his DSC for a U-Boat kill).

Commanding Officer of HMCS Dunver (River Class Frigate - K03) from 10 August 1944 to 24 August 1944 (promoted Acting Commander).

To HMCS Runnymede on 22 September 1944 (not in Command but 'Additional' as Escort Group Commander).

Commanding Officer (again) of HMCS St. Laurent (I) (River Class Destroyer - H83) from 8 April 1945 to 10 October 1945. To Scotian on 17 January 1946 as Supervisor Dockyard Craft. Promoted to Commander on 1 July 1946.

Demobilized on 31 August 1946.

Died on 22 March 1994, age 90, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Awarded the RCNR Officers' Decoration (RD) on 23 December 1944.

STEPHEN. George Hay, 0-69740, Lt [29.11.34] RCNR Montreal

HMCS ST. LAURENT (H83) DD, (25.11.39-?) A/LCdr [1.7.40]

HMCS MAYFLOWER (K191) Cof, CO, stand by, (5.9.40-27.11.40)

HMCS MAYFLOWER (K191) Cof, (28.11.40-14.5.41)

HMCS MAYFLOWER (K191) Cof, CO, (15.5.41-12.5.42) DSC~[13.6.42]

HMCS COLUMBIA(I45) DD, CO, (14.5.42-17.3.43) OBE (29.5.43)

LCdr [29.11.42] A/Cdr(WHA)

HMCS ST. LAURENT (H83) DD, CO, (13.3.43-14.4.44) Bar to DSC~[9.9.44]

OBE~[29.5.43] MID~[5.6.43]

HMCS DUNVER (K03) Fr, (4.5.44-24.8.44)

HMCS DUNVER (K03) Fr, CO, (10.8.44-24.8.44)

HMCS RUNNYMEDE (K678) Fr, (22.9.44-7.4.45)

RD~[23.12.44]

HMCS ST. LAURENT (H83) DD, CO, (8.4.45-10.10.45)

A/Cdr [1.7.45] RCN(R)

HMCS SCOTIAN (D/S) for Ship's in Reserve, XO, (4.2.46-?)

Demobilized [31.8.46]

"Acting Lieutenant-Commander Stephen by the display of great initiative and resource, succeeded in salving the S.S. Imperial Transport and having it towed to Newfoundland. This Officer has displayed great devotion to duty and given invaluable service in connection with the escort of convoys during exceptionally severe winter months. Lieutenant-Commander Stephen has consistently shown himself capable of carrying responsibility and by his exemplary conduct, has set an example to others and thus improved the efficiency of those under his command."


STEPHEN, George Hay, Lieutenant-Commander, DSC - Officer - Order of the British Empire (OBE) - RCNR / HMCS Columbia - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 29 May 1943 and London Gazette of 5 October 1943.

"Under the determined handling by Lieutenant-Commander G.H. Stephen, HMCS Columbia performed an exceptional service in connection with the salvaging of S.S. Matthew Luckenbach and valuable cargo. This ship had been abandoned twice and it was entirely due to the prompt and strenuous efforts of HMCS Columbia that the ship was brought safely back to harbour."

"For determination and skill in directing salvage operations from HMCS Columbia by which the S.S. Matthew Luchenbach and her valuable cargo were brought safely to port (London Gazette Citation)."


STEPHEN, George Hay, Lieutenant-Commander, OBE, DSC - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Columbia - Awarded as per Canada Gazette 5 June 1943 and London Gazette of 2 June 1943.

"This Officer displayed outstanding seamanship in taking one of His Majesty's Ships in tow and under most difficult circumstances, bringing it safely into harbour."


STEPHEN, George Hay, Lieutenant-Commander, OBE, DSC - BAR to Distinguished Service Cross (DSC*) - RCNR / HMCS St Laurent - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 September 1944 and London Gazette of 13 August 1944.

"For good service in destruction of a submarine on 10 March 1944."

"For leadership, skill and determination in H.M. Ships Affleck, Brecon and Forester, and H.M. Canadian Ships St. Laurent, Swansea and Owen Sound in operations against U-Boats." (London Gazette Citation).

HMCS St. Laurent (River Class Destroyer - H83) along with HMCS Swansea, HMCS Owen Sound, and HMS Forester (RN Destroyer) sank U-845 in mid-Atlantic on 10 March 1944 as described in Chapter 35 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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STEPHENS, George Leslie, Engineer Rear Admiral - Commander - Order of the British Empire (CBE) - RCN / Chief of Naval Engineering and Construction - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 January 1943 and London Gazette of 1 January 1943.

Born at Plympton, Devon, U.K. on 2 January 1889.

Joined Royal Navy in 1903.

Home: Ottawa, Ontario

Transferred from Royal Navy to Royal Canadian Navy as Chief Engine Room Artificer in 1910.

He thus became one of the Founding Members of the RCN and later the father of modern technology in the navy with the introduction of Engineering, Constructor and Electrical Branches).

Instructor in Engineering at Royal Naval College of Canada in 1910.

Commissioned from the Ranks as Acting Artificer Engineer, RCN in 1912.

Served on HMCS Niobe in 1915.

To HMS Cornwallis in 1916.

To HMS Victory in 1917.

To HMS Ramillies in 1919.

To HMCS Patrician in 1920.

Consulting Engineer at HMC Dockyard Esquimalt in 1922.

To HMCS Patriot in 1925.

To Stadacona for Barracks, Depot Workshop, Minesweepers and as Consulting Engineer HMCS Dockyard Halifax in 1927.

Engineer Commander in 1928 and to Assistant Naval Overseer UK (Destroyer Program) in 1930.

To HMCS Skeena as Engineer Officer and Engineer Officer Western Division in 1931.

To Naden as Chief Engineer at HMC Dockyard Esquimalt and Senior Naval Officer West Coast in 1932.

To Naden on Staff of Commanding Officer Pacific Coast and as Chief Engineer HMC Dockyard in 1936.

Promoted Engineer Captain on 1 July 1940 and to Naval Service HQ as Chief of Naval Engineering Construction.

Fifth Member of the Naval Board of Canada in 1941.

Promoted Rear-Admiral on 1 January 1943 and retired on 30 September 1946.

Afterwards served as a special advisor to the Minister of National Defence on industrial affairs.

Chairman of the RCN Benevolent Fund.

Died at Ottawa on 13 April 1979.

STEPHENS. George Leslie, 0-69820, RN 1903

Transferred as Ch/ERA. RCN 1910.

Instructor in engineering RNCC 1910, CFR, A/Art(E) [16.10.12) RCN

HMCS NIOBE (16.10.12-?) Wt(E) 1912, Eng/S/Lt, A/Eng/Lt 1914,

Eng/Lt [1.11.15] HMCS NIOBE 11,000/97, (1.11.15-?)

HMS RAMILLIES (22.11.19-?)

HMCS PATRICIAN TBD, stand by (7.8.20-31.10.20)

HMCS PATRICIAN TBD, (1.11.20-?)

HMCS NADEN(D/S) for Naval Engineering Duty Esq (1.11.22-?)

Eng/LCdr [1.11.23] HMCS PATRIOT TBD, (21.10.25-?)

HMCS STADACONA for Barracks, Depot Workshop, m/s & Consulting

Engineer HMC DOCKYARD Halifax (22.10.27-?)

Eng/Cdr [1.2.29] HMCS STADACONA(D/S) (5.3.30-?)

Asst/Naval Overseer in UK (DD Program) 1930,

HMCS SKEENA (H01) DD, (10.6.31-?)

HMC Dky Esq, as Ch(Eng) (21.6.33-?)

HMC Dky Esq, as Ch(Eng) (1.7.36-?)

Eng/Capt [1.7.40] NSHQ as Ch/Naval Eng Const. & 5th member NB. 1941,

Eng/RAdm [1.1.43] CBE~[9.1.43] CB~[5.1.46]

Retired to Pension [30.9.46]

Special Adviser to the Minister DND on Repair & Maintenance Jan 1948-Sep 1949.

RANKS

 

Ordinary Seaman, RN - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1903 (Royal Navy)

Chief Engine Room Artificer, RN - - - - - - - - 1910 (Transferred to RCN)

Chief Engine Room Artificer, RCN -- - - - - - - 1910 (One of the Founding Members of the RCN)

Acting Artificer Engineer, RCN - - - 16 October 1912 (Commissioned from the Ranks)

Engineer Warrant Officer, RCN - - - - - - - - - 1912 (Instructor Engineering RN College of Canada)

Engineer Sub-Lieutenant, RCN - - - - - - - - - 1913 (Instructor Engineering RN College of Canada)

Engineer Lieutenant, RCN - - - - - - - - - - - 1914 (Served on HMCS Niobe and HMCS Patrician)

Engineer LCdr, RCN - - - - - - - - 01 November 1923 (Served on HMCS Patriot)

Engineer Commander, RCN - - - - - 01 February 1929 (Engineer Officer on HMCS Skeena)

Engineer Captain, RCN - - - - - - - - 01 July 1940 (Chief of Naval Engineering Construction)

Engineer Commodore, RCN - - - - - - - - - - - 1942 (Chief of Naval Engineering Construction)

Engineer Rear-Admiral, RCN - - - - 01 January 1943 (Chief of Naval Engineering Construction)

Retired - - - - - - - - - - - - - 30 September 1946


"This Officer has served in the Engineering Branch of the Royal Canadian Navy since 1912. Since the outbreak of hostilities he has served as Chief Engineer of one of H.M.C. Dockyards and subsequently as Chief of Naval Engineering and Construction of the Royal Canadian Navy, the position he now holds. The services rendered to the Royal Canadian Navy by this Officer have been of inestimate value."


STEPHENS, George Leslie, Engineer Rear Admiral, CBE - Companion - Order of the Bath (CB) - RCN / Chief of Naval Engineering and Construction - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.

"Admiral Stephens joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1912, and has, throughout his career served with notable success. Since February 1941, he has held the appointment of Chief of Naval Engineering and Construction. In that time, the Canadian Navy has seen great expansion and the building of its hundreds of ships has been, in no small measure, due to the foresight, perseverance and ability of this Officer who has devoted himself unsparingly to this task."

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STEPHENSON, Carmen Ernest, Acting Leading Seaman (V­5646) (Posthumous) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS St Croix ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home: Montreal, Quebec.

His brother, Petty Officer Francis W. Stephenson, was lost at the same time. The Prime Minister's son, Surgeon Lieutenant William Lyon McKenzie King, was one of those lost on HMCS St. Croix.

STEPHENSON. Carmen Ernest, V-5646, (Montreal, PQ) A/LS, RCNVR,

Lost [20/23.9.43] HMCS ST. CROIX (I81) DD MID~[10.6.44]

"At the time of the sinking of HMCS St. Croix, Leading Seaman Stephenson dove over the side of the motor launch and swam through heavy water to the side of another rating and brought him safely back to the boat, remaining at his position there, refusing a coat and clothing offered him until he passed away."

Details on the action in which HMCS St. Croix (Town Class Destroyer - 181) was sunk on 20 September 1943 by U-305 in mid-Atlantic can be found in Chapter 29 of the book 'The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945'.

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STEPHENSON, Thomas, Able Seaman (V­17675) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Waskesiu - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 September 1944 and London Gazette of 4 July 1944. Home: Toronto, Ontario.

STEPHENSON. Thomas, V-17675, AB, RCNVR, DSM~[9.9.44]

"For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine. For courage, resolution and skill in HMCS Waskesiu in successful operations against U-Boats in the Atlantic."

On 24 February 1944, HMCS Waskesiu (River Class Frigate - K330) sank U-257 in the mid-Atlantic. This action is described in Chapter 33 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945.

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STEWART, Ernest Stanley, Signalman (V­8497) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945.

Home: Hamilton, Ontario.

STEWART. Ernest Stanley, V-8497, Sig, RCNVR, MID~[6.1.45]

"This Rating has given an extremely high standard of service at sea in the North Atlantic and English Channel since May 1941. He always performs his work with extraordinary keenness and efficiency and is, at all times, cheerful in the face of adversity. His devotion to duty is an inspiration to others."

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STEWART, John Rawson Kenneth, Temporary Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR - Awarded as per London Gazette of 12 June 1945. Home: Cowichan Bay, British Columbia.

"The King has been graciously pleased on the Occasion of the Celebration of His Majesty's Birthday to give orders for the following awards for gallantry or outstanding service in the face of the enemy, or for zeal, patience and cheerfulness in dangerous waters, and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty upholding the high tradition of the Royal (Canadian) Navy."

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STIBBARD, Evelyn Isabel, Matron (Mrs) - Associate - Royal Red Cross (ARRC) - RCN (Temp) - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 June 1943 and London Gazette of 2 June 1943.

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba.

STIBBARD. Evelyn Isabel, 0-70270, Matron(Temp) [3.3.42] RCN

ARRC~[5.6.43]

"For exceptional devotion and competency over a long period. It is considered fitting at this to recognize the outstanding contribution now being made to the Royal Canadian Navy by its Nursing Service. Non-existent at the commencement of the war, there are now over one hundred Nursing sister Technicians, and Dieticians rendering service of the highest calibre. Created during a period fraught with great difficulties and at a time when the whole service was undergoing unprecedented expansion, the outstanding success of the Royal Canadian Naval Nursing Service is in no small measure attributable to the tireless devotion and inspiring example of these two Officers (Matron Marjorie Gordon Russell was the other)."

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STONE, Daniel George, Able Seaman (V-9998) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Annan
- Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 April 1945 and London Gazette of 20 March 1945.
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba.
STONE. Daniel George, V-9998 AB, RCNVR, DSM~[21.4.45]

"For outstanding skill, courage and zeal in Anti-U-Boat operations while serving in H.M. Canadian Ships Annan and Saint John." (London Gazette has HMCS St. John)

HMCS Annan assisted in sinking U1006.

Medals are in Manitoba Naval Museum, HMCS Chippawa.

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STONE, Leonard Sidney, Chief Petty Officer Telegraphist (2178) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCN / HMCS Haida - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 29 August 1944.

Home: Victoria, British Columbia.

STONE. Leonard Sidney, 2178, CPO/Tel, RCN, DSM~[20.1.45]

"For outstanding courage, skill and devotion to duty in H.M. Ships Tartar, Ashanti, Eskimo, Javelin, and H.M. Canadian Ships Haida and Huron in action with German destroyers."

Details on the action in which HMCS Haida (Tribal Class Destroyer - G63), HMCS Huron (Tribal Class Destroyer - G24) and HMCS Athabaskan (Tribal Class Destroyer - G07) sunk the German Destroyer T-29 north of Britanny on 26 April 1944 can be found in Chapter 39 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".


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STONER, Beverley Murray, Able Seaman (V­43169) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR / HMCS Waskesiu - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 September 1944 and London Gazette of 4 July 1944. Home: Toronto, Ontario.

STONER. Beverley Murray, V-43169, AB, RCNVR, DSM~[9.9.44]

"For good service in the destruction of an enemy submarine. For courage, resolution and skill in HMCS Waskesiu in successful operations against U-Boats in the Atlantic."

On 24 February 1944, HMCS Waskesiu (River Class Frigate - K330) sank U-257 in the mid-Atlantic. This action is described in Chapter 33 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-

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STOREY, Donald William Green, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Arvida ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 16 June 1945 and London Gazette of 14 June 1945. Home: Kemptville, Ontario.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Stratford (Minesweeper - K159) from 5 August 1943 to 20 December 1943.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Arvida (Flower Class Corvette - K113) from 16 March 1944 to 19 November 1944.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Arvida (Flower Class Corvette - K113) from 5 December 1944 to 30 December 1944.

Final Commanding Officer of HMCS Arvida from 18 January 1945 to 14 June 1945.

STOREY. Donald William Green, 0-70540, S/Lt(Temp) [1.5.41] RCNVR

HMCS ROSTHERN (K169) Cof, (18.8.41-?) Lt(Temp) [1.11.40]

HMCS STRATFORD (J310) m/s, CO, (5.8.43-20.12.43)

HMCS ARVIDA (K113) Cof, CO, (16.3.44-19.11.44)

HMCS ARVIDA (K113) Cof, CO, (5.12.44-30.12.44)

HMCS ARVIDA (K113) Cof, CO, (18.1.45-14.6.45) MID~[10.6.45]

A/LCdr(Temp) [?] Demobilized [31.7.45]

NOTE: He is still alive in July 2013 and approaching his 100th birthday - living in Moncton where he founded the Moncton Sea Cadet Corps 59 years ago.


"This Officer has served for three years of war in escort vessels engaged in the Battle of the Atlantic. By his zeal, cheerfulness, and wholehearted devotion to duty he has set a fine example to those working under him."


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STORRS, Anthony Hubert Gleadow, Acting Commander - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNR / HMCS Milltown -
Awarded as per London Gazette of 1 January 1945 (no Canada Gazette).
Born in Overton, U.K. in 1907.
Served with Chinese Maritime Customs Service prior to WW2 as the Commander of Revenue Cutters.
Cadet, RNR in HMS Worcester in 1940.
Home: Victoria, British Columbia.
Transferred to RCNR as Lieutenant, RCNR in 1940.
First Commanding Officer of HMCS Armentieres (Battle Class Trawler) from 31 March 1941 to 29 July 1941.
First Commanding Officer of HMCS Dawson (Flower Class Corvette - K104) from 6 October 1941 to 7 June 1943.
Executive Officer in HMCS Gatineau (River Class Destroyer - H61) from June 1943 to August 1943.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Drumheller (Flower Class Corvette - K167) from 21 August 1943 to 26 September 1943.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Caraquet (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J38) from 4 November 1943 to 18 September 1944 and Senior Officer of the 31st Canadian Minesweeping Flotilla.
Minesweeping for 'D-Day' and awarded DSC and Bar.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Milltown (Bangor Class Minesweeper - J317) from 19 September 1943 to 16 October 1945.
Promoted to Lieutenant-Commander in 1945.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Antigonish (River Class Frigate - K661) from 29 October 1945 to 6 February 1946.
Transferred from the RCNR to the RCN in and made Commander, RCN in March 1946.
To Naval HQ as Deputy Director Plans and Naval Intelligence, the Director of Naval Plans.
Director of Naval Plans and Operations in 1948.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Nootka (II) (Tribal Class Destroyer -213) from 17 August 1948 to 15 August 1949.
Special Duty as Naval Member of Directing Staff of National Defence College in 1949.
Promoted Captain in 1950 and Director Naval Plans and Operations at Naval HQ in 1951.
To HMCS Shearwater as Commanding Officer in from February 1953 to January 1955.
Commanding Officer of HMCS Magnificent (Aircraft Carrier - 21) from 30 January 1955 to 2 August 1956.
To Naval HQ as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Warfare) in September 1956.
Promoted Commodore and made Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air and Warfare) in 1957.
Promoted to Rear-Admiral (First former Reserve Officer to make Flag Rank) in 1948 and made Commandant National Defence College of Canada form 1958 until he retired in 1962.
Afterwards served as Chief Ship Division, Marine Sciences Branch, Department Mines and Technical Surveys (Ottawa), and Director of Marine Operations of the Canadian Coast Guard.
Elected a Trustee of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in 1973. Died, age 95, in Victoria on 9 August 2002.
STORRS. Anthony Hubert Gleadow, 0-70600, Lt [21.5.39] RCNR
HMCS ARMENTIERES (J29) bgv, CO, (31.3.41-?)
HMCS DAWSON (K104) Cof, CO stand by (22.9.41-5.10.41)
A/LCdr, RCNR
HMCS DAWSON(K104) Cof, CO, (6.10.41-7.6.43)
LCdr [1.1.45]
HMCS DRUMHELLER (K167) Cof, CO, (21.8.43-26.9.43)
A/Cdr(WHA)
HMCS CARAQUET (J38) m/s, CO, (4.11.43-18.9.44)
HMCS MILLTOWN J317) m/s, CO, (19.9.44-16.10.45)
DSC~[1.1.45] Legion of Merit-Degree of Officer(USA)~[20.1.45]
Bar to DSC~[17.2.45] RCN,
HMCS ANTIGONISH (K661) Fr, CO, (29.10.45-5.2.46)
Legion of Honneur-Chevalier(France)~[15.9.47]
Croix de Guerre avec Palmes en Bronze(France)~[15.9.47]
Cdr [15.3.46] HMCS NOOTKA (R96) DD, CO, (17.8.48-15.8.49) CD~[?]
Capt [1.7.50] HMCS MAGNIFICENT (21) CVL, CO, (30.1.55-2.8.56)
RANKS

Commander of Revenue Cutters - - - - - - - Pre WW2 (Maritime Customs Service)

Cadet, RNR - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1940 (Served in HMS Worcester)

Sub-Lieutenant, RNR - - - - - - - -- - - - - - 1940 (Served in HMS Worcester)

Lieutenant, RNR - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - 1940 (Transferred to RCNR)

Lieutenant, RCNR - - - - - - - - - 21 November 1940 (Commanding Officer of HMCS Armentieres)

Acting LCdr (Temp.), RCNR - - - - - - - 01 June 1943 (Commanding Officer of HMCS Gatineau)

Acting Cdr (Temp.) (WHA), RCNR -- - 01 February 1944 (Commanding Officer of HMCS Caraquet)

LCdr (Temp.), RCNR - - - - - - - - - 01 January 1945 (Commanding Officer of HMCS Antigonish)

To RCN - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 March 1946

Commander, RCN - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 March 1946 (Commanding Officer of HMCS Nootka)

Captain, RCN - - - - - - -- - - - - - - 01 July 1950 (Commanding Officer of HMCS Magnificent)

Commodore, RCN - - - - - - - - - - - 03 January 1957 (Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Warfare)

Rear-Admiral, RCN - - - - - - - - 01 September 1958 (Commandant National Defence College Canada)

Retired - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1962


"For gallantry or outstanding service in the face of the enemy or for zeal, patience and cheerfulness in dangerous waters and for setting an example of wholehearted devotion to duty, upholding the high traditions of the Royal Canadian Navy."

New Years List (Admiralty) A.F.O. 239/45.

See the citation for the Legion of Merit which describes his DSC actions.


STORRS, Anthony Hubert Gleadow, Acting Commander, DSC - BAR to Distinguished Service Cross (DSC*) - RCNR / HMCS Milltown - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 17 February 1945 and London Gazette of 13 February 1945.

"For good services in minesweeping in invasion of European operations."

STORRS, Anthony Hubert Gleadow, Acting Commander, DSC* - Officer - Legion of Merit (USA) - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 (no London Gazette).

"Acting Commander Storrs was in command of the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla of the Sweeper Group which swept the various channels necessary to insure the safe approach of the main Assault Force to its predetermined position off the Coast of France. Acting Commander Storrs swept and marked these channels in enemy mined waters, under cover of darkness, in a cross tide and during adverse conditions of weather. His courage, skill and sound judgement displayed in the execution of this difficult and complex operation signalled his resourcefulness and outstanding ability and contributed materially to the success of the operation."


STORRS, Anthony Hubert Gleadow, Commander, DSC* - Legionnaire - Legion of Honour (France) - RCNR - Awarded effective 15 September 1947.

"For good services in minesweeping prior to and during the 'D-Day' Invasion."


STORRS, Anthony Hubert Gleadow, Commander, DSC* - Croix de Guerre avec Palme en Bronze (France) - RCNR - Awarded effective 15 September 1947.

"For good services in minesweeping prior to and during the 'D-Day' Invasion."


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STRACHAN, Douglas Robert, Chief Petty Officer (A-4161) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR / HMCS Battleford
- Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home: Toronto, Ontario.
STRACHAN. Douglas Robert, A-4161, CPO, RCNR, MID~[10.6.44]

"This Chief Petty Officer has served as Coxswain in HMCS Battleford since her commissioning. He has always given unswerving loyalty and support to his superior officers and has been responsible for training many seamen."

HMCS Battleford (Flower Class Corvette - K165) assisted five other Canadian Corvettes (HMCS St. Laurent, HMCS Kenogami, HMCS Napanee, HMCS Chilliwack and HMCS Shediac) in sinking U-356 on 27 December 1942, northwest of the Azores. This is described in Chapter 20 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".


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STRANGE, Hubert Ernest William, Commander (SB) - Officer - Order of the British Empire (OBE) - RCNVR / Assistant Director Information - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946.
Born: 01 June 1902 at Corozal, British Honduras.
Educated: England
Joined Royal Navy as a Cadet in WW1 training at Osborne and Dartmouth.
Discharged in 1918 due to an eye defect.
Employed in the oil fields in Trinidad.
Later was a teacher in England.
Teacher in Cairo but students kept taking "pot shots" at him.
To Canada and Toronto, Ontario in 1929.
Play writing and radio production as well as radio sales promotion.
Writer.
CBC production in 1940: "They Shall not Pass".
To England as CBC correspondent "to look at the blitz".
Joined RCNVR in January 1942 as Assistant Director of Naval Information.
Author and producer of "Fighting Navy" radio series.
Promoted Acting Commander in November 1944 and confirmed as Commander(SB) in July 1945.
Director of Naval Information in 1945. Awarded OBE.
Stayed in post-war RCN. Captain 01 July 1953.
Set up The Crowsnest magazine in 1948.
13 years as Director of Naval Information Services under 5 Chiefs of the Naval Staff.
Retirement leave started on 27 February 1959
STRANGE. Hubert Ernest William, 0-70680, LCdr(SB) [13.1.42] RCNVR
A/Cdr, Cdr(SB) [1.7.45]
OBE~[5.1.46] Cdr(SB) [1.7.45] RCN,
NDHQ, Dir/Information (10.6.47-27.2.59)

"For consistent devotion above and beyond the call of duty. Whilst in charge of the Radio Section, Commander Strange has written some one hundred and fifty successful broadcasts dealing with Naval life and affairs. In his capacity as Assistant Director of Naval Information, he has taken a keen interest in the administration of this Directorate. He has produced numerous articles and booklets of definite and, in some cases, long-term value to the Naval Service, and for three years has written the Royal Canadian Naval supplement to the Canadian Geographic Magazine. He has proved a most able and conscientious Officer, and his vision and planning have been of the greatest value to the Navy."


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STRINA, Rodney Lionel, Lieutenant-Commander - Bronze Star (USA) - RCNVR ­ Awarded effective 17 April 1945 (no Canada / London Gazette). Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

STRINA. Rodney Lionel, 0-70750, Lt(SB)(Temp) [3.8.40] RCNVR,

A/LCdr(SB)(Temp) [1.7.43]

Bronze Star(USA)~[17.4.45] Demobilized [31.8.46]

Unknown.

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STROM, Axel, Motor Mechanic (FR­357) - Mention in Despatches - RCNR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 January 1943 and London Gazette of 1 January 1943.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

STROM. Axel, FR-356, MM, RCNR, MID~[9.1.43]

"While serving on the Pacific Coast in duties connected with the guarding of several hundred Japanese fishing vessels, Motor Mechanic Strom carried out these responsible duties with zeal and efficiency."

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STUART, Orme Gordon, Lieutenant-Commander - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 14 August 1945.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Orme Stuart was born 20 February 1914 and came to Prince Rupert, BC in 1930 to work for his uncle, C H Orme. By 1939, Orme was running his uncle's pharmacy and also an officer in the RCN Volunteer Reserve. With the declaration of war he was mobilized and went overseas.
As the RCN was still expanding, he was seconded to the RN where he was to spend the war.

By February 1943 he was in command of the corvette HMS Pennywort (Flower Class Corvette - K111) and in March 1943 was involved in the battle for convoys HX229a and SC122. This was to be one of the largest such battles of the war and he was mentioned in despatches for his part in it.
The book Convoy by Martin Middlebrook is about HX222 and features Pennywort's part of it.

In August 1943 he took command of HMS Abelia (Flower Class Corvette - K184).

"On 10 January 1944 he located a contact 2800 yards astern of convoy KMS38/OS64. He then slowed his speed so as to reduce the chances of an acoustic torpedo hearing his engine noise and homing in on him. At 1700 yards the contact was discerned to be a U-Boat. When the distance was reduced to 950 yards he increased speed to make a depth charge attack which failed to hit the U-Boat. The U-Boat in turn had but one torpedo left in its stern tube – one of the new T5 acoustic torpedoes – and when the range fell to 850 yards it was fired. This hit HMS Abelia in the stern and blew off her rudder, leaving her dead in the water. Only afterwards did Stuart receive the directive to not increase speed until within 700 yards to prevent the T5 torpedo from locating the sound.

His final command was HMS Fitzroy (Captain Class Frigate - K553) in which he was to be instrumental in sinking two U-Boats for which he was awarded the DSC.

HMS Fitzroy was a Buckley Class FRigate, laid down on 24 August 1943 at Bethlehem Steel in Hingham, MA. and launched on 01 September 1943. The ship was commissioned oin October 1943 and sold for scrap on 23 May 1946. THe ship had only three Commanding Officers, Lt J. Duggan, RN in October 1943, LCdr P.J. Miller, RNVR in April 1944 and LCdr Orme Stuart, DSC, RCNVR in 1945.

After the war he returned to Prince Rupert and commanded the Prince Rupert Naval Division beginning on 21 October 1946.
He married, had four children and became president of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as being involved with many other local organizations. His war years were commemorated by his pleasure boat, which he named Fitzroy II.
He died in Vancouver, BC on 4 February 1990.

STUART. Orme Gordon, 0-70940, RCNVR Half Company Prince Rupert [16.10.36] RCNVR
A/Lt [15.3.38] RCNVR
RCNVR Half Company Prince Rupert CO, (15.3.38-30.8.39)
Lt [15.3.38] RCNVR Division Prince Rupert CO, (1.9.39-14.6.40)
HMC Naval Base, Prince Rupert, (1.12.39-?)
LCdr [1.7.44]
DSC~[15.9.45]
Demobilized [22.1.46
LCdr [1.7.44] RCN(R)
HMCS CHATHAM Prince Rupert Naval Division, CO, (21.10.46-?)

"For gallantry, resolution and skill whilst serving in

H.M. Ships Conn, Rupert, Redmills, Fitzroy, Byron, Grindall and Keats

and H.M. Canadian Ships La Hulloise, Strathdam and Thetford Mines in

successful anti U-Boat Warfare."

HMS Fitzroy was instrumental in sinking two U-Boats.


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STUART, Robert Innes, Engine Room Artificer Fourth Class (V­6455) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Sackville ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 21 November 1942 and London Gazette of 18 November 1942.

STUART. Robert Innes, 0-70945, ERA 4, V-6455, RCNVR

HMCS Sackville (K181) (1942) MID~[21.11.42]

A/Wt(E)(Temp) [1.8.44] RCNVR,

HMCS TILLSONBURG (K498) Coc, (9.2.45-?)

"He rendered valuable service in the upkeep of the engines over a considerable period and during the engagement between HMCS Sackville and an enemy U-Boat, by prompt response to orders for engine movements during two attacks, made a marked contribution to the result of the engagement."

Details on the action in which HMCS Sackville (Flower Class Corvette - K181), HMCS Skeena and HMCS Wetaskiwin sank U-588 in the mid-Atlantic on 31 July 1942 can be found in Chapter 13 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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STUBBINS, Albert George, Leading Seaman (V­40004) - Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 14 November 1944.

Home: Humberstone, Ontario.

Served in Light Coastal Craft.

STUBBINS. Albert George, V-40004, LS, RCNVR, MID~[20.1.45] DSM~[20.1.45]

"For gallantry, skill, determination and undaunted devotion to duty during the landing of Allied Forces on the Coast of Normandy."

STUBBINS, Albert George, Leading Seaman, DSM (V­40004) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 14 November 1944.

"For good service in action with light forces of the enemy."

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STUBBS, John Hamilton, Acting Lieutenant-Commander (Killed in Action) - Distinguished Service Order (DSO) - RCN / HMCS Assiniboine - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 12 December 1942 and London Gazette of 3 December 1942.

Born at Kaslo, B.C. on 5 June 1912.

Moved to Victoria where he completed his education in 1930.

Joined the RCN and received his training in the Royal Navy.

Passed his training in cadet ship HMS Erebus as a Midshipman in December 1931.

Spent the next three years in training at various shore bases and at sea including time in the battleship, HMS Revenge. Promoted Lieutenant.

Navigator of HMCS Skeena in 1935.

Took the Long Navigation Course at HMS Dryad.

In 1939, he was serving as East Coast Destroyer Flotilla Navigating Officer, Staff Officer (Operations), and spare Commanding Officer.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Assiniboine (River Class Destroyer - D118) from 12 February 1941 to 1 October 1942.

Staff Officer (Operations) with the Newfoundland Escort Force from October 1942 to November 1943.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Athabaskan (I) (Tribal Class Destroyer - G07) from 6 November 1943 to 29 April 1944.

He died on 29 April 1944 when he went down with his ship. See "Unlucky Lady" for more details on Stubbs.

STUBBS. John Hamilton, 0-70990, RCN Special entry No. 29, Cdt [1.9.30] Mid [1.1.32] A/S/Lt [1.5.34] S/Lt

HMCS SKEENA (D59) DD, (26.11.35-?) Lt [1.5.36]

HMCS OTTAWA (H60) DD, (27.8.38-?)

HMCS ASSINIBOINE (I18) DD, CO, (2.4.40-?)

A/LCdr, HMCS ASSINIBOINE (I18) DD, CO, (12.2.41-1.10.42)

DSO~[12.12.42]

LCdr [1.5.43] HMCS ATHABASKAN (G07) DD, CO, (6.11.43-29.4.44)

KIA [29.4.44] North of Ile de Ras, France. DSC~[9.9.44]

"For gallantry, devotion to duty and distinguished service under fire."

His best known success came in August 1941 when HMCS Assiniboine caught U-210 on the surface in the Atlantic fog. For over an hour, the two vessels exchanged fire at point blank range in a hard fought duel. Stubbs could clearly see the U-Boat Commander issuing conning instructions as he attempted to escape by turning inside the destroyer but the Canadian was able to keep his chip close by going full astern with the inside engine. Finally HMCS Assiniboine, on fire amidships and pock-marked with shell holes, rammed U-210 twice and finished her off with depth charges.

The action in which HMCS Assiniboine (River Class Destroyer - D118) sank U-210 on 6 August 1942 in the North Atlantic while protecting Convoy SC-94 is described in Chapter 14 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".


STUBBS, John Hamilton, Lieutenant-Commander, DSO (Killed in Action) - Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - RCN / HMCS Athabaskan - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 9 September 1944 and London Gazette of 11 July 1944.

"For good service in action with enemy destroyers. For leadership, resolution and skill in H.M. Ships Black Prince and Ashanti and H.M. Canadian Ships Athabaskan, Haida and Huron in a successful action with enemy destroyers in the English Channel."

Details on the action in which HMCS Athabaskan (Tribal Class Destroyer - G07), HMCS Haida (Tribal Class Destroyer), and HMCS Huron (Tribal Class Destroyer) sunk the German Destroyer T-29 north of Britanny on 26 April 1944 can be found in Chapter 39 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

Medals of Lieutenant-Commander John Hamilton STUBBS, DSO, DSC, RCN:

DSO - DSC - 39/45 Star - Atlantic Star - Defence Medal - CVSM & Clasp - 39/45 War Medal.

On display at the CFB Esquimalt Museum.

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STYLES, George Morley, Acting Leading Stoker (V­33381) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Saint John ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 15 September 1945 and London Gazette 3 July 1945. Home: Morrisburg, Ontario.

STYLES. George Morley, V-33381, A/L/Sto, RCNVR, MID~[15.9.45]

"For good services in action with an enemy U-Boat in the Western Approaches on 16th February 1945."

"For bravery, skill and determination while serving in H.M. Ships Wild Goose, Labuan, Loch Fada, Rowley, Duckworth, Keats and Tyler and HMCS St. John in operations against enemy submarines (London Gazette)."

Details on the action in which HMCS Saint John (River Class Frigate - K456) sank U-309 in the Moray Firth, Scotland on 16 February 1945 can be found in Chapter 59 of the book "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SUTHERLAND, Donald Marshall, Sub-Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 6 January 1942 (no Canada Gazette).

SUTHERLAND. Donald Marshall, 0-71250, S/Lt(Temp) [31.12.40] RCNVR

MID~[6.1.42] Lt(Temp) [22.6.40]

RCN Beach Commando "W", (23.11.43-?)

Operation Neptune, RCN Beach Commando "W" Beach Master

"W.1" (6.6.44)

"For courage and skill in carrying out hazardous duties."

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SUTHERLAND, Walter Frederick, Leading Telegraphist (V­5773) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Assiniboine ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 12 December 1942 and London Gazette of 3 December 1942.

SUTHERLAND. Walter Frederick, V-5773, L/Tel, RCNVR, MID~[12.12.42]

"When the main W/T aerials were damaged in action with an enemy U-Boat, this Rating was instrumental in rigging a jury aerial whilst under fire, completely disregarding his own safety."

The action in which HMCS Assiniboine (River Class Destroyer - D118) sank U-210 on 6 August 1942 in the North Atlantic while protecting Convoy SC-94 is described in Chapter 14 of "The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945".

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SUTTON, Arthur William+, Lieutenant (P) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / No. 1830 Squadron HMS Illustrious ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 20 January 1945 and London Gazette of 31 October 1944.

Home: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

SUTTON. Arthur William, 0-71310, Lt(P) [31.12.41] RCNVR

MID~[20.1.45] Demobilized [24.1.45]

"For outstanding courage, skill and determination in pressing home a successful attack on the Japanese Naval base at Sabang."

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SWEENEY, Edward Harold, Lieutenant-Commander (SB) - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE) - RCNVR / D.E.M.S. Officer Port of Vancouver - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 January 1946 and London Gazette of 1 January 1946. Home: Vancouver, British Columbia.

SWEENEY. Edward Harold, 0-71510, Skr(Temp) [15.5.40] RCNR

HMCS ARMENTIERES (J29) bgv, (14.6.41-?)

Lt(SB)(Temp) [15.6.44] RCNVR, A/LCdr(SB)(WHA)(Temp) [?]

MBE~[5.1.46] A/LCdr(SB)(WHA) Demobilized [6.4.46]

"Lieutenant-Commander Sweeney joined the Canadian Naval Service in September 1939, and has served diligently both as a rating and an officer since that time. As D.E.M.S. Officer in Vancouver, he has shown outstanding zeal and energy. Under his direction, the many and varied problems of the personnel serving in Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships at this busy port have been handled smoothly and efficiently, and the maintaining of the Merchant Marine life line aided materially."

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SWEET, Walter Valentine, Stoker Petty Officer (V­10003) - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 10 June 1944 and London Gazette of 8 June 1944. Home: Regina, Saskatchewan.

SWEET. Walter Valentine. V-10003, PO/Sto, RCNVR, MID~[10.6.44]

"While serving in one of His Majesty's Canadian Corvettes in the North Atlantic for a considerable period of time, this Rating has displayed outstanding zeal, efficiency and devotion to duty."

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SYLVESTER, Roy Howard, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Arrowhead ­ Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 6 January 1945 and London Gazette of 1 January 1945. Home: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Commanding Officer of HMCS Arrowhead (Flower Class Corvette - K145) from 15 March 1944 to 15 April 1944.

Commanding Officer of HMCS The Pas (Flower Class Corvette - K168) from 15 April 1944 to 9 October 1944.

Commanding Officer (again) of HMCS Arrowhead (Flower Class Corvette - K145) from 22 October 1944 to 27 June 1945.

SYLVESTER. Roy Howard, 0-71600, S/Lt(Temp) [1.1.41] RCNVR

HMCS SUDEROY V (J04) m/s, (2.6.41-?) Lt(Temp) [1.1.42]

HMCS ARROWHEAD (K145) Cof, (1.5.43-?)

HMCS ARROWHEAD (K145) Cof, CO, (5.3.44-14.4.44)

HMCS THE PAS (K168) Cof, CO, (15.4.44-9.10.44)

HMCS ARROWHEAD (K145) Cof, (10.10.44-?)

HMCS ARROWHEAD (K145) Cof, CO, (22.10.44-4.7.45) MID~[6.1.45]

Demobilized [17.1.46] Lt [1.7.42] RCN,

HMCS HUNTER Windsor Naval Div, StO, (17.7.46-?)

HMCS CRESCENT (R16) DD, XO, (28.11.47-?)

"This Officer has served at sea continuously in Minesweepers and Escort Vessels on the East Coast of Canada for the past 3.5 years, under trying and arduous conditions. He has set a fine example by his zeal, cheerfulness and wholehearted devotion to duty."

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SYMONS, Douglas Bond, Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNVR / HMCS Atherstone ­ Awarded as per London Gazette of 24 February 1942 (no Canada Gazette).

SYMONS. Douglas Bond, 0-71610, Lt(Temp) [6.1.41] RCNVR

MID~[24.2.42] Obit [24.10.43]

"For coolness and skill in action against enemy aircraft and supply ships while serving in HMCS Atherstone."

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