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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Edmond Unwin Butler, O.C., C.V.O., CStJ


Lieutenant-Commander, O-10960, RCN(R)


Born: 13 Jul 1922,Wawanesa, Manitoba


Died: 18 Dec 1989, Ottawa, Ontario


BUTLER, Esmond Unwin - Served in HMCS Stormont and HMCS Algonquin during WWII. After the war he transferred to the RCN(R) and served in HMCS York and HMCS Carleton. He retired from the RCN(R) in 1959 at the rank of LCdr. (Source: Canadian Navy Lists / The Nauticapedia)


After WWII, Esmond Butler went on to serve from 1955-1957 as Press Secretary to the Governor General of Canada, then from 1957-1959 as Assistant Press Secretary to The Queen, 1959-1985, Secretary to the Governor General of Canada, 1986-1988, Canadian Ambassador to Morocco. Made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by the Queen in 1972, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986. (Courtesy of Christopher McCreery, MVO Private Secretary & Executive Director Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia)


Ships served in:

HMCS KINGS - Appointed to Kings 25 Jun 1942 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Sep 1943).

* Appointed SLt, RCNVR (seniority 08 Jun 1942) (Navy List Mar 1942)

HMCS STADACONA (Depot ship) - Appointed to Stadacona for Commodore, Halifax, Fixed Defences and Extended Defence Staff 28 Jun 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS STORMONT - Appointed to Stormont 10 Nov 1943 as an A/Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Feb 1944). Commissioning crew. Served in Stormont as Signals Officer.

HMCS ALGONQUIN - Appointed to Algonquin 02 Apr 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1945)

HMCS STORMONT - (The Nauticapedia)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 08 Jun 1943) (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS YORK - Appointed to York 17 Sep 1946 as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1947)

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1949)

HMCS SCOTIAN (Retired List) as LCdr, RCN(R) (seniority 08 Jun 1951)  (Navy List Jul 1952)

HMCS CARLETON - Appointed to Carleton 25 Jan 1954 as a LCdr, RCN(R) (seniority 01 Nov 1953) (Navy List Jul 1954). Listed in the Navy List Active  up to Jul 1958

HMCS CARLETON (Retired List) as a LCdr, RCN(R) (Navy List Jan 1959) Last noted in the Navy List for Jan 1960 on the retired list as a LCdr, RCN(R).



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