For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
BLINCH, Harry Clifford, AB, 4265, RCN, MPK - 29 Apr 1944, HMCS ATHABASKAN - son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gerner Blinch, Abbotsford, BC.
AB Blinch died when his ship, HMCS ATHABASKAN G07, was sunk in the English Channel on April 29, 1944. The province of British Columbia honoured Able Seaman Blinch by naming Blinch Lake in his honour.
Ships served in:
HMCS NADEN - Enlisted 24 Mar 1941 as an OS, RCN
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 11 Aug 1941 as an OS, RCN
HMCS ST FRANCIS - Drafted to ST FRANCIS 04 Sep 1941 as an OS, RCN
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 03 Feb 1942 as an OS, RCN
HMCS QUEBEC (Royal Navy Combined Operations Training Base, Scotland) Drafted to QUEBEC 01 Mar 1942 as an OS, RCN
* Rated AB 24 Mar 1942
HMS SPARTIATE - Drafted to SPARTIATE 08 May 1942 as an AB, RCN. Note: HMS SPARTIATE was a shore establishement, based at the St Enoch Hotel, was responsible for safety and security on the river from Port Glasgow, along the dredged channel, to the limit of navigation in Glasgow.
HMCS NIOBE - Drafted to NIOBE 31 May 1942 as an AB, RCN
HMS SPARTIATE - Drafted to SPARTIATE 03 Dec 1942 as an AB, RCN
HMCS NIOBE - Drafted to NIOBE 27 Dec 1942 as an AB, RCN
HMCS ATHABASKAN - Drafted to ATHABASKAN 04 Feb 1943 as an AB, RCN
Documents from the Service File of Harry Blinch