Remembering Francis John Pound


I would appreciate any info you could send me, as my mom  is still alive, she was 15 when he died. they were very close and she doesn’t know much.

Francis John Pound  will be remembered…


His service  record  file  is now  available  on  Ancestry.

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Francis  is also  remembered  here, but even more here.

Who was Stoker Ernest Albert Leyland, V46538, RCNVR?

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Who was Stoker Ernest Albert Leyland, V46538, RCNVR?


According to the government records, Stoker Leyland was HMCS Owen Sound’s only casualty of World War II. Born on 16 Feb 1922 he was the son of Mrs. May Leyland of Vancouver, BC.  Ernest joined the RCNVR on 18 Aug 1942 and went on active service on 16 Jun 1943. He died in hospital in Londonderry, Northern Ireland from peritonitis on 25 Aug 1944 and was buried in the Londonderry City Cemetery, C. of E. Plot, Sect F, Grave 43. This information is from the book “Ultimate Sacrifice” Vol 3, Part 2, by Robert P. D’Aoust


Is that it? Is this his story? A young sailor who died in hospital during the war – away from family – to be forgotten over time. This is what I would have thought till I received an email from Alison Allen. Her grandmother and great-grandmother both knew Stoker Ernest Albert Leyland and this is their story.


Jacques Piggott

About corvettes during WWII

Lest We Forget

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If your father, grandfather, uncle, granduncle, or cousin, or anyone you admire served on a Corvette during WWII, you should read this…

A Covert Naval Investigation: Overseas Officers, John J. Connolly, and the Equipment Crisis of 1943by Richard Oliver Mayne

Even though Connolly had already seen enough evidence to convince him of a serious equipment crisis in the RCN, he received another report on 23 October. Written primarily by Lieutenant J.J. Pigott, RCNVR…

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The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord

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Eric’s story about HMCS Regina

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Sitting ducks.
From One Hundred Years on a Handshake by Brian Hanington, to be published in February, 2014.
When Canada joined its allies by declaring waron Germany, the reaction of most Canadians was overwhelmingly supportive. Notwithstanding a clumsy attempt by William Lyon Mackenzie King to enact conscription, the national call to arms was heeded; more than one million men and women joined Canada’s forces to defeat Germany’s bid for continental domination. A full ten percent of the nation’s population signed up. Of those, 45,000 died in battle and another 55,000 were wounded.

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Regina came to a halt, gently rocking in the calm sea. The entire crew was shocked. All off-watch sailors had come to the upper deck to watch the sinking ofEzra Weston, and when the ship came to a dead stop they all had the same thought; Regina was now a sitting duck for attack by an enemy sub. For almost 20 minutes, they bobbed noiselessly. One of Eric’s shipmates, Able Seaman Tommy Malone, was the weapons tech on watch at the stern. Tommy knew that his depth charges—20 of which were live in their racks—were a danger. Set with hydrostatic releases to detonate at 50 feet of depth, if even one rolled off now it would kill them all. Tommy asked the bridge for permission to “set the depth charges safe” and was told to proceed. He moved quickly along the two racks of 10 charges each, deactivating each with a brass key.
Thomas De La Hunt Malone
Thomas Malone

Intermission Stories (23)

About HMCS Drumheller. She took part in the D-Day invasion.
Great post from a great blogger.

Pacific Paratrooper

John Edmunds, RCN John Edmunds, RCN

John Edmunds

The Canadian Seaman

On D-Day, John Edmunds, from Burlington, Ontario, 19 years old, was in the Royal Canadian Navy assigned as a helmsman on an escort ship leading cargo vessels to Normandy.  Aboard the HMCS Drumheller, he was headed for Juno Beach.

Seaman Edmunds stood at the helm of his ship as his captain barked down orders from the bridge, “Port, two degrees!”  John sailed the Flower-class corvette vessel in circles around a convoy of 15 cargo ships for the length of their three-hour voyage across the English Channel.  And then – he looked toward the approaching shore.  The reality of what laid ahead of the Allies came into view, “We looked out across the English Channel and whole horizon was ships, thousands of ships.”

HMCS Drumheller HMCS Drumheller

Men lined the deck with binoculars, searching the seas for German submarines.  Edmunds had already seen the U-boats…

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