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George Leander (Lea) Gillard, M.B.E., C.D.

 

Chaplain (United Church), Class IV, O-27090, RCN / RCN(R)

 

Born: 18 Sep 1901

 

Died: 04 Oct 1966, Duncan, British Columbia

 

GILLARD, George Leander (Lea) - King's Daughters' Hospital, Duncan, the Rev. George Lea Gillard, M.B.E., C.D., aged 65 years of Shawnigan Lake, a resident of Victoria and district since 1955, born in Newfoundland. He leaves his wife, Grace; one son, Charles and daughter Marie, both at home; a daughter Elthea in Vienna, and a son, Howard, with the R.C.M.P., Ottawa; six grandchildren; three brothers, Baxter, Pleman and Robert In Englee, Newfoundland; four sisters, Mrs. Paul Lilley in Lewisporte, Newfoundland; Mrs. C. Simms in St. Catherines, Ontario; Mrs. A. Layton in Powell River, and Mrs. J. Luther of Toronto; numerous nieces and nephews. He was well-known as Command Chaplain, R.C.N., retiring in 1957, and served overseas in the Second World War. He was an associate minister of Metropolitan United Church, Victoria, in 1957-58, and for eight years Pastor of Shawnigan Lake and Mill Bay United Church. Funeral services under auspices of Victoria Presbytery will be held in Metropolitan United Church, Quadra and Pandora Ave. on Friday, Oct. 7, at 3:00 p.m. Rev A.G. MacLeod, Rev. U. Laite, Rev E. Laura Butler and Chaplain A.G. Faraday participating. Interment in Royal Oak Burial Park. McCall Bros. Funeral Directors Ltd. in charge of arrangements.

 

GILLARD, George Leander (Lea) - Rites Today For Padre VICTORIA (CP) - Funeral service will be held here today for former navy padre Rev. George Lea Gillard, M.B.E., who died Tuesday in hospital at Duncan, at the age of 65. Until his retirement in 1957, he was Command Chaplain at HMCS Naden, Esquimalt. Padre Gillard served aboard the RCN Supply Ship Prince David during the Second World War and landed with the navy at Normandy on D-Day. He was awarded the M.B.E. for "Faithful service ashore and at sea, upholding the high traditions of the church and the chaplain service." (Vancouver Sun, Friday, 07 Oct 1966)

 

M.B.E. Citation - GILLARD, George Leander, Chaplain II Class (P) - Member - Order of the British Empire (MBE), RCN - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 13 June 1946 and London Gazette of 11 June 1946.  "This Chaplain has served faithfully and zealously both ashore and at sea, upholding the high traditions of the Church and the Chaplaincy Service of the Royal Canadian Navy in a marked degree. At all times, he has carried out his duties earnestly even beyond that which duty required. The interest and care shown for Naval Personnel and their dependants have been outstanding, and his faithfulness in the ministrations of the Church unexcelled."

 

Ships served in:

RCN BARRACKS ESQUIMALT - Appointed to RCN Barracks Esquimalt - 15 Apr 1941 as a Chaplain, RCN (seniority 15 Apr 1941) (Navy List Jul 1941)

HMCS GIVENCHY - Appointed to Givenchy 08 Apr 1942 as a Chaplain, RCN (Navy List Apr 1942)

HMCS GIVENCHY - Appointed to Givenchy 13 Jul 1942 as a Chaplain, RCN (Navy List Sep 1942)

HMCS GIVENCHY - Appointed to Givenchy 26 Mar 1943 as a Chaplain, RCN (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS PRINCE DAVID - Appointed to Prince David 20 Dec 1943 as a Chaplain, RCN (Navy List Feb 1944). Appointed Chap. Class II, RCN (Navy List Sep 1944 / Navy List May 1945)

HMCS GIVENCHY (Depot Ship Esquimalt) (Wears flag of C.O.P.C) - Appointed to Staff of Commanding Officer Pacific Coast, Command Chaplain (P) 10 Jul 1945 as a Chaplain Class II, RCN (Navy List Apr 1946) Appointed Chaplain Class I (Seniority 07 Mar 1946) (Navy List Jul 1946)

HMCS GIVENCHY (Depot Ship Esquimalt) (Wears flag of C.O.P.C) - Appointed to Staff of Commanding Officer Pacific Coast, Command Chaplain (P) 27 Oct 1945 as a Chaplain Class I, RCN (Navy List Oct 1946)

HMCS NADEN (Wears flag of F.O.P.C) - Appointed to Staff of Flag Officer Pacific Coast, Command Chaplain (P) 27 Oct 1945 as a Chaplain Class I, RCN (Navy List Jun 1947)

HMCS ONTARIO - Appointed to Ontario 01 Aug 1947 as a Chaplain Class I, RCN (Navy List Jan 1948)

HMCS ONTARIO - Appointed to Ontario 01 May 1948 as a Chaplain Class I, RCN (Navy List Jul 1948)

HMCS NADEN (Wears flag of F.O.P.C) - Appointed to Staff of Flag Officer Pacific Coast, Command Chaplain (P) 24 Jan 1949 as a Chaplain Class I, RCN (Navy List Jan 1949). Appointed Chaplain Class IV, RCN (seniority 07 Mar 1946) (Navy List Jul 1949)

HMCS STADACONA (Wears flag of F.O.A.C.) - Appointed to Staff of Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, Command Chaplain (P) 01 Aug 1952 as a Chaplain IV, RCN (Navy List Jan 1953)

HMCS NADEN (Wears flag of F.O.P.C) - Appointed to Staff of Flag Officer Pacific Coast, Command Chaplain (P) 27 Jun 1955 as a Chaplain Class I, RCN (Navy List Jul 1955)

HMCS CRESCENT - Appointed to Crescent 17 Sep 1956 as a Chaplain IV, RCN (Navy List Jan 1957)

HMCS MALAHAT (Retired List) - as a Chaplain Class IV, RCN(R) (seniority 11 yrs 235 days)  (Navy List Jan 1959). Last noted in the Navy List for Jan 1960 on the retired list at Malahat as a Chaplain Class IV, RCN(R).

 

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(GG01) Supplement to the London gazette 13 Jun 1946 - lists award of MBE to Chaplain George Gillard, RCN  (GG02) Wedding announcement for Grace L. Quinn to George Lea Gillard, Rev., RCN - Ottawa Journal 05 Jul 1954

 

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(GG03) Lea Gillard (left) with unidentified officer on HMCS PRINCE DAVID circa Jan 1944  (GG04) On the bridge of HMCS PRINCE DAVID  (GG05) Sketch of ship's badge for HMCS PRINCE DAVID  (GG06) Unidentified PO.QR 2c on HMCS PRINCE DAVID  (GG07) HMCS PRINCE DAVID

 

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(GG08) Lea Gillard (right) with Lt. Col. US Army Engineers - 05 Jul 1944  (GG09) Lea Gillard (2nd from left) with in his cabin on HMCS PRINCE DAVID  (GG10) Lea Gillard holding service on HMCS PRINCE DAVID  (GG11) Lea Gillard with PRINCE DAVID officers ashore in Greece  (GG12) Lea Gillard with PRINCE DAVID officers ashore in Athens, Greece

 

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(GG13) Some of the crew HMCS PRINCE DAVID  (GG14) Some of the crew of HMCS PRINCE DAVID  (GG15) Names on back of photo # GG14

 

Courtesy of Charles Quinn

 


 

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