In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


James Alexander Wilson


Chief Yeoman of Signals, RCNVR


Born: 10 Oct 1906, Kinosota, Manitoba


Died: 22 Nov 1964, Winnipeg, Manitoba


WILSON, James Alexander - on the 22nd of November, 1964 at his residence, James Alexander Wilson of 1025 Sherburn Street. Funeral service 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Clark Leatherdale Funeral Home, 232 Kennedy Street, with Rev. Alex H.E. Barber officiating. Interment in Brookside Cemetery. Born in Kinosota, Manitoba, Mr. Wilson was educated in Steep Rock, Man., and Winnipeg. In 1935, he was employed with the General Stationery and Furniture Co., as a salesman. At the time of his death, Mr. Wilson was Vice-President. Mr. Wilson served for six years with the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Winnipeg Canoe Club for many years. Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Gregg and Robert, of Winnipeg; and David of Minneapolis, Minn., four brothers, George, Detroit, William, Victoria, John Wilson, residing in Northern Canada, and Neil, of Galiano Island, B.C., a sister, Mrs. John Eckersley of Vancouver, B.C.


Ships served in:

HMCS NADEN - Enlisted in the RCNVR 24 May 1926

HMCS SKEENA - Served in Skeena for training 25 Jun 1935 - 06 Jul 1935 for training as  a L/Sig, RCNVR

*Discharge 08 Apr 1936 - Inability to attend drills

* Re-enlisted at HMCS NADEN 26 Jul 1937 as a L/Sig, RCNVR

* Commenced Active Service 15 Sep 1939

NOIC SYDNEY - Served at NOIC Sydney 18 Jan 1940 - 16 Feb 1940

HMS VICTORY - Served in HMS Victory for training 03 Apr 1940 - 24 May 1940 as a L/Sig, RCNVR

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Served in Prince Robert 08 Apr 1941 - 02 Sep 1941 an an A/Yeo of Signals and Yeoman of Signals.  Rated Yeoman 01 Sep 1941

NOIC PRINCE RUPERT - Served at NOIC Prince Rupert 10 Feb 1941 - 31 Mar 1942

HMCS CHATHAM - Served in HMCS CHATHAM 01 Apr 1942 - 06 Jan 1943

HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in Givenchy 30 Mar 1943 - 04 Jun 1943 as a Yeoman of Signals, RCNVR

HMCS SOREL -Served in Sorel 23 Jul 1943 - 30 Aug 1943 as a Yeoman and Ch Yeoman of Signals, RCNVR. Rated CYS 01 Aug 1943

HMCS MEON - Served in Meon 20 Feb 1944 - 27 Mar 1945 as a CYS, RCNVR

HMCS CHIPPAWA - Served in Chippawa 11 Aug 1945 - 13 Sep 1945. Demobilized 13 Sep 1945




Jim Wilson's Certificate of Service






(JW01) Dhobey (laundry) Day on HMCS Skeena, Esquimalt, BC, Jun/Jul 1935



Port War Signal Station, Flat Point, Sydney, Nova Scotia


Located by Low Point / Flat Point Lighthouse







(JW02) Port War Signal Station, Sydney, NS  (JW03)  Sig James Wilson - Port War Signal Station, Sydney, NS c Sep 1939- Jan 40  (JW04) Sig James Wilson in his Sunday best - Port War Signal Station, Sydney, NS  (JW05) Sig James Wilson (Wolf of the Atlantic), Port War Signal Station, Sydney, NS  (JW06) "Wolf Wilson" near the schooner Nellie Dixon, Sydney, NS - Jan/Feb 1940



(JW07) Milkman Jim Wilson with Flo and Kay, Sydney, NS - Jan/Feb 1940



On Leave




(JW08-JW09) Jim and Helen in Quebec City, Mar 1940




(JW10) German merchant ship SS Weser, Esquimalt, circa Oct 1940










(JW11) Crossing the Line (Equator) certificate for A/ Yeo Jim Wilson - 24 May 1941  (JW12) HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - 1941  (JW13-JW14) A/Yeo Jim Wilson on HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - circa May 1941  (JW16) A/Yeo Jim Wilson (right) with unknown shipmate on HMCS PRINCE ROBERT  




(JW16) Sailors on HMCS PRINCE ROBERT.  Jim Wilson (front, 2nd from right).  The officer on the left is a Merchant Marine officer.  (JW18) "While we were in the sunny south" Jim Wilson on HMCS PRINCE ROBERT




Brothers - LS Bill Wilson (left) and PO Jim Wilson - 14 May 1942





(JW06) Crew of HMCS MEON


This photo is also posted on the ship's company photo page for HMCS MEON



Signalman Training Course

HMCS ST HYACINTHE, Quebec - Jul 1945


Chief Yeoman of Signals (CYS) Jim Wilson, front centre


This photo is also posted on the page for HMCS ST-HYACINTHE



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