Roger’s research on the Royal Canadian Navy ship, HMCS TRENTONIAN for his soon to be released book “White Ensign Flying” has been able to contribute to the Memorial Project of the Naval Reserve Unit in London, Ontario, HMCS PREVOST.
The Memorial was launched during the 100th Anniversary of the RCN in 2010. A series of twenty-four commemorative stones were placed along the hillside of the unit. Each stone bears the name of a Canadian ship lost during the Battle of the Atlantic.
During the dedication and subsequent ceremonies, the ship’s company of PREVOST lays one poppy for each man lost with their ship. With over 1300 Canadian sailors killed during WWII, the hillside becomes red with poppies.
Once word of this incredible Memorial park got out, families of some of the men lost started to donate photos of the men. PREVOST has framed the pictures and places the photo with a poppy at the base of the stone commemorating their ship.
During the research for “White Ensign Flying, The story of HMCS TRENTONIAN,” Roger has amassed a large collection of photos of the ship and the men who served in her. He has donated portrait photos of each of the six men killed when TRENTONIAN was torpedoed and sunk on 22 February 1945, and the photo of a seventh man who died in the service of the ship in November 1944.
These photos will be added to the Memorial and placed at TRENTONIAN’s stone each Battle of Atlantic Ceremony in May and Remembrance Day in November.
The men and women of HMCS PREVOST need your help, if you have a family member who was lost during the Battle of the Atlantic; they want to hear from you.
When in London please visit this stirring Memorial, commemorating the ultimate sacrifice by so many Canadian Sailors.
Roger has been able to contribute to several organizations with his research, including several museums in Canada and the Cable and Telegraph Museum in England.