For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


William (Bill) Connor


Date of passing unknown

(right) William Connor on the quarterdeck of HMCS St. Boniface J332

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(1-3) Christmas card from William Connor to his parents - year unknown  (4) Card given to lookouts  (5) William Connor and shipmates.  William 2nd from left  (6) A Welcome Home card that was attached to a parcel will received when he returned home after his discharge  (7) William Connor - date unknown  (8) Telegram from William to his parents telling them he will be home



The photos below are from the collection of William Connor.  He served in two minesweepers and that photos are not labeled so it is not known which minesweeper they were taken on / from.


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(9) Atlantic Convoy  (10-11) Convoy ships at anchor.  Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC) centre of photo  (12) Merchant Aircraft Carrier  (13) Merchant Aircraft Carrier (this was two photos taped together to get the full ship)  (14) Unknown cruise liner  (15) Unknown sailor  (16) Maurice (Whitey) Hampson out on the yardarm - possibly on Trois Rivieres


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(17) Unknown sailors  (18) Unknown location  (19) Unknown sailor  (20) Sailors on foc's'le of a minesweeper  (21) Unknown people / location  (22) Unknown sailor  (23) Entrance to St. John's, Newfoundland  (24) William Connor (right) - other sailor unknown


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(25) Unknown group of people "hard at work" building what appears to be a cottage  (26) William Connor (left), other person unknown  (27) Unknown person  (28) Unknown sailor  (29) Unknown ship - heavily damaged - "I remember my grandpa telling me about a ship that was heavily damaged in a collision and had to be towed to dry dock in Halifax for repair... can't remember at the moment any more details than that."  (30) Unknown sailor  (31) William Connor, Granville Street, Vancouver, Feb 1944


Courtesy of Jason Salter



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