I had written a few articles in 2009 about that ship that I had never heard before just like I had never heard about HMCS Athabaskan before my wife’s uncle talked about it in the summer of 2009.
That last article is the reason why John Hawley wrote a comment during my Rememberance Week 2011.
This is the picture he took in a cemetery… and that he sent me.
collection John Hawley
We see the monuments of three sailors who died when HMCS Regina K234 was torpedoed on August 8, 1944.
John’s father was a sailor on that ship as you can read in his e-mail.
Our father (still alive (age 86) and living in Port Hope Ontario served on HMCS Regina K234 and survived her sinking. He lost many friends and shipmates that night.
On a recent visit to the UK (September 2011) we had the honour and priviledge to visit the graves of five of these brave men in Cornwall, UK. We paid our respects and gratitude to AB Saulnier, Rathbone at St Merryn near Padstow and PO. Cramp, AB Dawson and AB Malone at St Winwaloe Churchyard. Poundstock. UK.
I am in the process of trying to find their descendants.
Have many photographs of their graves and the church areas. Willing to send to anyone interested.
Also remember there are 25 men from Regina who are still out there.
Sincerely, John Hawley, Cole Harbour, NS
So I started a new blog in 2011 to know what I am talking about before paying homage to all those sailors who served on HMCS Regina.
On Rememberance Day, you can read this article.