The Documentary

This comment was on my other blog…

Hello John (and Pierre) I just stumbled upon this site tonight. My mother’s only sibling, Albert Douglas (Doug) Taylor, is one of the 25 still out there. As a ‘telegraphist’, he is thought to have been at his post at the time of the sinking. My father was one of his best friends.

Both my parents are still alive.

I note in a comment to a related blog post, a reference to the History Channel show. I saw the last 20-30 seconds of the show some time ago.  If anyone knows how to find hours when it will be broadcast next or whether it is available as a webcast or download I would be interested to know.

I cannot contribute to the search for other descendants, however I understand the motivation and wish you well. I hope to visit the area in Cornwall someday as a matter of family duty and historical respect.

Brad Canivet, Toronto

You will find the documentary in this article.

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How Should We Remember HCMS Regina K-234?

Just like Greg whose grandfather was a Spitfire pilot with RCAF No. 403 Squadron.

Greg had his grandfather’s logbook and photo album, and he trusted me with writing articles on a blog.

It started small.

Now we have close to 3000 visitors since September 2011.

So if you want to share something like Greg or like Steve Hawley who wrote a poem about Able Seaman Malone, just write a comment and I will get in touch.

To visit my blog on 403 Squadron, click here.

I have 66 articles written as of December 9, 2011.

Families of War

Families of War

My family and I being here is a miracle!
My Grandfather could have died in World War Two.
Tell me what you’re fighting for; tell me what you’re fighting for?

An able seaman locked depth charges to safe,
saving 66 men on August 8th, 1944.
Tell me what you’re fighting for; tell me what you’re fighting for?
Less or more?

Close to death, all our lives are hung by threads.
I thank the heavens when I make my bed.
I know I have to love my life and live it cause so many others are dead,
and generations have been denied with bodies lost on shore and at sea,
so damn real, it feels make believe.

What I have now others can’t retrieve…
I feel so blessed to be me and have the air I breathe and my family.

Five bodies only found, the rest in the Irish Sea from the HMCS Regina
lost at war.
280 feet below the Irish Sea, rest 25 of the 30 men who gave their lives,
left brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, children and wives…
Tell me what you’re fighting for; tell me what you’re fighting for?

I am a descendant of one of the 66 men who survived
who all owe their lives to the valour of the fallen.
The sea is in my blood, the blood is in the sea.
So many died, so we could live free.

So, to be here, and be me, with my family,
is a blessing indeed, lest we forget our history
and those lost at war who gave their lives and so much more.
Tell me what you’re fighting for; tell me what you’re fighting for?

Steve Hawley