Remembrance Day 2012 HMCS Regina

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.

Click here.

Then click here…

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.

Click on the image.
 
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2 thoughts on “Remembrance Day 2012 HMCS Regina

  1. While reading recent articles relating to Canada’s involvement I could not help but notice that some sites contained lists that included ‘all’ the RCN ships that participated in this most important Operation. However, some like ‘nauticapedia.ca’ only included the larger RCN vessels such as the destroyers and bigger ships like the RCN ‘Prince’ troop transports.

    When I advised the powers to be at nauticapedia that I had undeniable facts that HMCS Regina K234, HMCS Summerside and HMCS Woodstock K141 were assigned to directly support the American Forces landings at OMAHA Beach nauticapedia Mr John Taylor condecendingly replied to me that I was incorrect as ‘all’ RCN Corvettes were likely back in the UK waiting to escort Mulberry”s and supply vessels.

    It irks me greatly when these self appointed historians contradict ‘eye witness’ accounts from veteran RCNVR sailors that were in fact ‘present’ (onboard) these RCN ships. Veterans like my father and Regina Stocker Don. McIntosh have told me Regina was ‘near’ OMAHA on the morning of 6 June 1944. Jim Hawley (dad) advised me (only when asked) that Regina was close enough to the Omaha Beach landings that they could clearly see the heavy resistance American soldiers were facing.

    I also observed in 1990 while at the Arromanches, Normandy, France – Invasion Museum on a very large and detailed diorama that indeed HMCS Regina K234 was shown to be just off OMAHA Beach during the Invasion.

    Also a website about HMCS Woodstock states that HMCS Woodstock was assigned to provide support to the American troops at OMAHA Beach on 6 June 1944.

    It is not surprising that the ‘bean counters/historians’ MISSED the little ships like our RCN Corvettes.

    However, the declaration by the brave men of the RCN/RCNVR who were THERE and observed and actively took part TRUMPS the so called records likey compiled by people who were not there.

    As such ‘we’ know and will Remember them!

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