In December 1949 volunteered
for the RCN at HMCS York, Toronto.
On the Morning of
February 4th, 1950 I was sworn in to RCN at HMCS York. I was advised to be at
Union Station, Toronto, by 10.30 that night properly dressed with an empty
suitcase, civvies to be sent home.
I arrived at
Cornwallis early Monday morning of the 6th, and we were marched to Galley for a
breakfast of Red Lead & Bacon, (I still have a feed now and then). Marched
to stores, stripped of all clothing even tooth brushes, given a severe haircut,
packed all other belongings in suitcase to be sent home. Confined to barracks
for two weeks, deemed unfit to mingle with rest of Ships Company.
In June 1950, I was
drafted to HMCS Ontario and travelled to west coast via ship and rail. Served in
Ontario with then Captain Hugh Pullen. He cleared decks almost every morning to
announce we were going to join the fight in Korea, and Joe Stalin would tremble
in his boots, "they will hear our guns in the streets of Moscow"!! Donít
know about Stalin but it certainly had us concerned. In February 1951 I was
drafted to Halifax, Stadacona. I left Victoria on a Tuesday morning, ship and
rail to Halifax. I arrived in Toronto Friday afternoon to change trains - as
Toronto was my home went home for the weekend. Resumed journey east on Monday
morning, arriving Stadacona Main Gate late Tuesday afternoon and was promptly
given 7 days cells AWOL. I was at Stadacona couple weeks before being drafted to
Magnificent. I arrived aboard in time for supper with the Dog Watch hands, and
we sailed for Caribbean next morning. I was in Magnificent until January of 1952
then Stadacona for AA 3 course. In March of 1952 I was drafted back to
Magnificent, steamed many miles until January of 1954.
I was drafted ashore
to HMCS Star, (Hamilton). What a collection of (Reserve) PRICKS!!! Served there
until April, drafted to Stadacona for an AA2 course, by this time I was moved up
to Leading Seaman.
April 1954, Stadacona
on 2`s course. June 1954 class of AA 2s and AA 3s sailed in Micmac DDE 214 under
command of Commander George (Trigger) Wadds, to qualify on 3" 50 Cal.
Mount. Visited St, George`s Bermuda, and returned to Halifax. I was drafted to
HMCS Star in August.
In January of 1955 I
was drafted to HMCS York, Toronto. Was asked to re-engage, and if so would
remain there for a year.
I was honourably
released on February 3rd, 1955. I joined North York Police March 1st, 1955 which
in 1957, was amalgamated into Metropolitan Toronto Police in 1957.
Christmas Day 1955, my
1st, Christmas after leaving Navy and I`m working day shift. Family of four, two
adults 2 children, travelling road North end of city attempted to out-run a
passenger train, it was a tie. Wreckage, Christmas presents, toys, body parts
strewn for ľ mile along the right of way.