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.
About corvettes during WWII
If your father, grandfather, uncle, granduncle, or cousin, or anyone you admire served on a Corvette during WWII, you should read this…
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…
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord
The Northern Mariner / Le marin du nord, ISSN No. 1183-112X, is a fully refereed journal devoted to all aspects of the North Atlantic and North Pacific. It publishes essays, notes and documents on a variety of naval and maritime history, including merchant shipping, maritime labour, naval history, shipbuilding, fishing, ports, trade, nautical archaeology and maritime societies. TNM/LMN is…
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