Regina Half-Company RCNVR
Regina Division RCNVR
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
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.
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.
New Entries - undated
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(1) Winser, T. (2) Hills, G.F. (3) Atkinson, A., (4) Morris, M., LS, Instructor (5) Ship's Mascot (6) Aggett, Frederick Charles, LCdr, Commanding Officer (7) McKew, Percy Hamilton, Lt, Divisional Officer (9) Watkins, R. (9) Feist, B (10) Eckert, H.L. (11) Fieldhouse, G.L. (12) Akenhead, O.R. (13) Hamilton, D.R. (14) Piper, E. (15) Muckle, D. (16) Middlemiss, R.R. (17) Peters, K.R. (18) McCarthy, F. (19) Adamson, A.L. (20) Farmere W., (21) Stewart, G.C. (22) Kynoch, R.S. (23) Moody, A.R. (24) Simms, W.