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HMCS QUEEN

Former Regina Division RCNVR

Former RCNVR Half Company Regina

Naval Reserve Unit

Regina, Saskatchewan

 

AUGUSTA INVICTAQUE

 

MAJESTIC AND INVINCIBLE

HMCS Queen, Regina, SK

 

HMCS QUEEN is named after Regina which is Latin for "Queen". The Regina Half Company was established on 26 Jun 1923. QUEEN began as a "Half Company" because during those austere economic times, the RCN was only able to obtain funding for a unit of that size. The first Commanding Officer was Lieutenant A.L. Geddes, D.S.C. Between 1923 and 1942 QUEEN remained a half company of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) and lead a nomadic life with several types of buildings being her home during those years. It was not until WWII that she finally attained the designation HMCS QUEEN (commissioned 01 Sep 1942) and obtained a semi-permanent home within the Wascana Winter Club. Unfortunately the conclusion of hostilities once again forced QUEEN to move to buildings on the corner of Elphinstone and 10th Avenue. Finally in 1955 HMCS QUEEN moved into her now permanent home in Wascana Park. Due to budget cuts, HMCS QUEEN was closed from 1964 and not to be re-opened until 1975. Today, HMCS QUEEN is the face of the Royal Canadian Navy in Southern Saskatchewan.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Lt A.L. Geddes - 26 Jun 1923 - 1927

LCdr A.C. Ellison - 1927 - 1936

Cdr A.T. Hall - 1936 - 1938

LCdr D.A. Grant - 1938 - 1940

LCdr A.C. Ellison - 1940 - 1943

LCdr N.L. Pickersgill - 1943 - 1944

LCdr F.C. Aggett - 1944 - 1945

Cdr N.E. Whitmore - 1945 - 1947

Cdr W.W. Spicer - 1947 - 1951

Cdr D. Clarke - 1951 - 1953

Cdr W. Haggett - 1953 - 1957

Cdr T.L. Clark - 1958 - 1961

Cdr W.M. Stan - 1961 - 1964

Cdr R.L. Cheesman - 1975 - 1976

Cdr J.O. Burgess - 1976 - 1981

Cdr K.W. McCaw - 1981 - 1986

A/Cdr R.B. Routley - 1986 - 1990

Cdr P.B. Weber - 1990 - 1994

LCdr W.T. Bowes - 1994 - 1997

LCdr T.K. Daniel - 01 Jun 1997 - 2001

LCdr L.M. Mushanski - 21 Apr 2001 - 30 Jun 2004

LCdr J.A. Bell - 01 Jul 2004 - 30 Jun 2007

LCdr C.J. Thiemann - 16 Jul 2007 - 15 Jul 2012

LCdr Linda Mushanski - 16 Jul 2012 - 07 Aug 2016

LCdr Trent Nichols - 08 Aug 2016 - present

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCNVR, Beatty Division, HMCS Queen, May 1944

 

Front Row L-R: (1) Bourret, O.N.  (2) Gershon, J.  (3) Moore, M.  (4) Derzaph, M.  (5) Briere, E.  (6) Gustafson, A.R.

 

Centre Row L-R: (7)  Doke, G.A.  (8) Averill, D.A.  (9) Nicholson, S.N.  (10) Obrigewitsch, G.F.  (11) Fuller, C.M.  (12) Craig, L.A.  (13) Jackson, C.C.  (14) Beach, H.H.  (15) Lucyk, J.  (16) Spence, A.G.  (17)  Girbav, W.S.  (18) Johnson, C.O.

 

Back Row L-R: (19) Miskiman, W.L.  (20) Miller, R.J.  (21) Balfour, A.J.  (22) Suhachevski, C.  (23) Allen, J., Slt  (24) Bennett, R.W., Slt  (25) Aggett, F.C., LCdr  (26) Koster, E.M., LS  (27) Sexsmith, A.G., Lt  (28) Svingen, I.  (29) Watson, C.E.  (30) Gordon, K.G.  (31) Battel, C.J.  (32) Miles, K.H.

 

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Hubbart Division, HMCS Queen, Jun 1944

 

Front Row L-R:  (1) Fabro, W.  (2) Stanton, R.A.  (3) Kaplan, A.A.  (4) Koster, E.M., LS  (5) Allen, J., Slt  (6) Carter, J.W., Chaplain  (7) Aggett, F.C., LCdr  (8) Sexsmith, A.G., Lt  (9) Bjarnason, M.  (10) Johnston, J.A.  (11) Hawes, W.L.  (12) Burns, R.M.  (13) Butler, J.H.

 

Centre Row L-R: (14) King, G.H.  (15) Pochna, N.  (16) Sloane, G.E.  (17) Deason, H.B.  (18) Weinstein, P.  (19) Brawner, P.L.  (20) Delamere, B.  (21) Owen, R.F.  (22) Bray, G.H.  (23) Jubb, R.  (24) Kaatz, E.

 

Back Row (L-R): (25) Cawker, R.G.  (26) Reuter, J.L.  (27) Hungle, A.J.  (28) Morrish, C.M.  (29) Hold, B.W.  (30) Atkins, H.  (31) Jakes, G.E.

 

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Newspaper article on a Naval Landing Boarding Party Exercise by HMCS Queen, RCNVR

The Leader-Post, Regina, Sask, 21 Nov 1939

From the collection of Don Gannon

Photos of the NLBP Exercise by HMCS Queen, RCNVR as reported in the above newspaper article in The Leader-Post, Regina, Sask, 21 Nov 1939

 

              

 

        

 

From the collection of Don Gannon

Courtesy of Lt Donald Mitchell, AdminO, HMCS Queen

Regina Sailors Hold First Dance Of Season Aboard HMCS Queen

Crow's Nest newspaper - Jan 1944

Article on the transfer of HMCS Queen's CO to HMCS Stadacona II

Crow's Nest newspaper - Feb 1944

Three new Lieutenants inducted at HMCS Queen

Crow's Nest newspaper - May 1944

HMCS Queen's mascot inured .....

Crow's Nest newspaper - Jul 1944

Executive Officer's twin sons christened at HMCS Queen, Regina, SK

Crow's Nest newspaper - Sep 1944

 

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