For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


Harry Swanson


Leading Stoker, RCNVR


Died: 1974


Ships served in:


HMCS SWANSEA - Served in Swansea in 1944


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(1) Seaman Swanson  (2) L/Sto Swanson  (3) Newspaper article on RCNVR ratings at train station in Ottawa preparing to depart to the east coast for training. Harry Swanson holding the mascot (dog).  (4-5) Harry and Rhea Swanson.  Harry's cap tally in photo 4 reads HMS Royal Arthur (6) Harry and Rhea Swanson on their wedding day


Note:  HMS Royal Arthur was a shore base in the UK


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(7-22) Harry Swanson and friends on leave


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Harry Swanson in various places.  Note in photos 25 and 26 his cap tally reads HMS Royal Arthur.  In photo 27 his cap tally reads RCNVR (possibly Ottawa)


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(29 & 30) Harry on unknown ship.  (31) unknown sailor  (32) Harry (left) and unknown sailor  (33) Unknown sailor - trade badge is for an AA Gunner 3rd class  (34-36) Unknown group of sailors with various cap tallies.  Harry 2nd from left in photos 335 and 36. In photo 34 Harry is 3rd from left.  You can see Harry's HMS Royal Arthur cap tally.


Webmaster's note:  The railings on the ship in photos 29-32 do not look like that of a warship - they look to be the railings on a cruise ship such as RMS Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, etc, that were used a troop ships.


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(37) Unknown group photo - Harry back row 2nd from left.  Could possible be in a hospital as there is a nurse in the photo  (38) HMS Repulse circa 1936


(39-44) Sailors by gun turret on unknown warship. This is a secondary turret on a larger warship such as a battle cruiser or battleship.  (41) Harry Swanson on left  (42) Harry Swanson  (43) Harry Swanson on left


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(45) Harry (centre) and friends ashore getting a meal  (46) Sailors playing tourist - posing with the pigeons.  Location unknown  (47) It is not known if this is a parade or a naval band practicing  (48) unknown sailor/unknown ship with Petty Office rating & Chief Stoker trade badge  (49) Surrendered U-boat  (50) Unknown sailor sitting on the gun barrel of an unknown ship  (51) Harry Swanson (left) with shipmate on unknown ship



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