In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Robert Arthur Billard, C.D.


Shipwright 3rd Class, 40663, RCN


Lieutenant-Commander (LDO Engineering), O-6460, RCN


Born: 22 May 1918, Louisburg, Nova Scotia


Died: 28 Apr 1999, Calgary, Alberta



Ships served in:

HMCS OTTAWA - Shpt Robert Billard survived the sinking of HMCS OTTAWA on 13 Sep 1942.

* Appointed A/Wt Shpt, RCN (seniority 05 Oct 1942) (Navy List Mar 1943)

HMCS AVALON - Appointed to AVALON as Staff of Chief Engineer Newfoundland Command 03 May 1943 as an A/Wt Shpt, RCN (Navy List Aug 1943)

HMCS SCOTIAN - Appointed to SCOTIAN, Commodore Superintendent, Halifax, Staff of Constructive Department 01 Aug 1944 as an A/Wt Shpt, RCN (Navy List Sep 1944).  Appointed Wt Shpt (seniority 05 Oct 1942) (Navy List Nov 1944)

* ROYAL NAVY - Listed as serving with ROYAL NAVY eff 30 Nov 1944

HMCS MAGNIFICENT - Appointed to MAGNIFICENT (under construction) as a Wt Shpt, RCN (Navy List Apr 1946).  Appointed Cd Shpt, RCN (seniority 01 Jul 1946) (Navy List Oct 1946). Appointed to MAGNIFICENT dated 07 Apr 1948 (Navy List Jul 1948)

RCN BARRACK HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX, Damage Control and Firefighting School 22 Sep 1948 as a Cd Shpt, RCN (Navy List Jan 1949).  Appointed to Mechanical Training Establishment as a Constructor Lieutenant * (Navy List Jan 1950).

* Appointed Constructor Lieutenant * (seniority 01 Jul 1946) (Navy List Jan 1950)

RCN BARRACK HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX for Educational Course 25 Oct 1950 as a Constr. L*, RCN (Navy List Jan 1951)

* ROYAL NAVY - Listed as serving with the ROYAL NAVY (Navy List Jan 1952)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to NIOBE 11 Sep 1952 as a Constr. L*, RCN, Add'l (Navy List Oct 1952)

HMC DOCKYARD ESQUIMALT - Appointed to HMC DOCKYARD ESQUIMALT 02 Oct 1952 as a Constr. L, RCN (Navy List Jan 1953). Seniority amended to 03 Feb 1951 (Navy List Jan 1953)

HMCS QUEBEC - Appointed to QUEBEC 14 Dec 1953 as a Constr. L, RCN (Navy List Jan 1954).  Note: Rank abbreviation changed to Con Lt. (Navy List Jan 1955). Seniority backdated to 03 Feb 1949 (Navy List Apr 1955)

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA, Staff of Principal Overseer, East Coast Area as a Con Lt, RCN (Navy List Jul 1956)

* Appointed Con LCdr (seniority 03 Feb 1957 (Navy List Jan 1959)

COMMODORE SUPERINTENDENT ATLANTIC COAST - Appointed to Staff of SUPLANT 31 May 1960 as a Con LCdr, RCN (Navy List Jul 1960)

HMCS CAPE SCOTT - Appointed to CAPE SCOTT, Engineering Dept. 23 Jul 1962 as a LCdr (LDO Engineering), RCN (Navy List Apr 1963 - Oct 1965).  Served in CAPE SCOTT during the Medical Expedition to Easter Island as an Engineering Officer and Camp Site Supervisor.

* no further information on his naval career available



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