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Henry Milroy Huffman U.E.


Ordinary Seaman, VR-3338, RNCVR


Born: 07 May 1893, Grand Valley, Ontario


Died: 06 Jul 1990, Beamsville, Ontario


HUFFMAN, Henry Milroy - a resident of Albright Manor for the past two years, died there on Friday, July 6, 1990. He was 97.


Mr. Huffman was born in Grand Valley and was a descendant of the United Empire Loyalists who came to Canada from New Jersey at the time of the American Revolution. He lived in Stoney Creek from 1907 until moving to Hamilton in 1920, where he was a firefighter until his retirement in 1953. He has lived in Beamsville since 1967. He was a member of the Meridian Lodge, Ancaster, and in 1989 was presented with a seventy-year Masonic pin. During the First World War he served overseas with the Royal Navy. He was a member of Trinity United Church.


He is survived by his wife, Hazel; two sons, Ross of Hanover and Edward of South Porcupine; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A son, Keith, died in 1982.


Revered Gerry Brown conducted the funeral service at the Beamsville Chapel of tallman Funeral Homes on Monday, July 9, with burial following in Bowman United Church Cemetery, Ancaster. (The Lincoln Post Express)


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Henry enlisted in the RNCVR 09 Jan 1917 and was demobilized 23 Apr 1919 from HMCS NIOBE in Halifax. 


Awards and Decorations: British War Medal,  Victory Medal


On 03 Dec 1920 Henry married Hazel May Timms in Toronto, ON. They had 3 sons; two who served in the RCNVR during the Second World War; KeithCameron Huffman and Henry Ross Huffman; and Edward Hamilton Huffman, who joined the RCN(R) in 1958.



The Blackwhale Story - Researched and written by Edward Huffman, son of Henry Huffman. Courtesy of Ann Huffman



Ships served in:

* Enlisted 09 Jan 1917

HMS EGREMONT - (Depot ship / Isolation camp / quarantine site on St. Mary’s Island in Chatham, England) Jan 1917. Originally HMS ACHILLIES, then HMS HIBERNIA, then HMS EGMONT, then HMS EGREMONT and finally HMS PEMBROKE.

HMS PEMBROKE I (Royal Navy Base at Chatham, England) 09 Jan 1917 - 05 Oct 1919

HMS WALLINGTON (Auxiliary Patrol Base at Immington, near Grimsby in the Humber River estuary) 06 Oct 1917 - 04 Mar 1918

HMS VIVID III - 05 Mar 1918 - 15 Apr 1918

HMS BLACKWHALE - Drafted to BLACKWHALE late 2017. OS Huffman survived the sinking of BLACKWHALE in the North Sea on 03 Jan 1918.

CD72 (HMS CORMORANT for) 16 Apr 1918 - 17 Jan 1919.  CD 72 was based a Gibraltar.

CD75 - Served in CD75 (as per family records)

HMS VIVID III - 18 Jan 1919 - 11 Mar 1919

HMCS NIOBE - 12 Mar 1919 - 21 Apr 1919



Henry Huffman 1913 / 1980


HMS EGREMONT - Spring 1917

Henry Huffman 2nd from left, top row


HMS Egremont had originally been launched as an armoured cruiser called HMS Achilles in 1863, part of Britain’s ‘Black Fleet’ of ironclads. She served until 1885 and was then paid off in the usual manner. A full fifteen years passed until she was reactivated, this time as a depot ship at Malta where she remained until 1914. In 1902 she was renamed Hibernia to release the name Achilles for a new cruiser and she became HMS Egmont in 1904. She was renamed HMS Egremont in 1916 when she returned to the UK and to HMS Pembroke in 1919, before finally being sold for scrap in 1923.


Click here to view a postcard print of HMS EGMONT


Headstone for Henry Huffman in the Bowman United Church Cemetery, Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario.



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