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RCNVR Seamanship Pocket Manual

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:09 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

My grandfather married and was a father of three. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) as a Shore Patrolman (wartime military police for the RCN) in 1944. After his training he was posted to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was on duty during the Navy riot on VE Day May 1945. He was also on duty on July 18, 1945 at the Canadian Naval Ammunition Storage Depot at Bedford Basin when it exploded (Halifax Explosion II). One Patrolman was killed and my grandmother didn't know for a week if it was my Grandpa. He was uninjured. He continued to prepare for deployment to the Pacific and was released from the RCNVR in early 1946.


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RCNVR Seamanship Pocket Manual

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Patrolman Elmer Knight, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve

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Marc Inglis

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He was my Grandfather

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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