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Naval Monument honours prairie Royal Canadian Navy seamen and ships H.M.C.S. Regina (K234) and H.M.C.S. Weyburn (K 173)

26 Sep

Naval Monument honours Royal Canadian Navy prairie seamen and RCN ships
H.M.C.S. Regina (K234) and H.M.C.S. Weyburn (K 173)

John Thompson RCNVR (V 34087), a cook aboard the HMCS Regina aged 24 son of Robert Parker Thompson and Helena Thompson, of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan was one of the naval seamen honoured on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at an unveiling ceremony held on Navy Way in Regina, Saskatchewan in front of the HMCS Queen naval reserve unit.

The Friends of the Navy have honoured Royal Canadian Navy sailors who hail from Saskatchewan, particularly those who fell in World War II. The new Saskatchewan Naval monument honours the naval ships, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Weyburn and the HMCS Regina who were both lost in World War II. The HMCS Weyburn on the 67th anniversary of its sinking was commemorated earlier during the centennial year of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2010. Royal Canadian Navy ships paid tribute to dozens Saskatchewan Communities in their naming including the HMCS Waskesiu and the HMCS Estevan.

The HMCS Weyburn (K 173), the namesake for the city of Weyburn was a flower class corvette mainly serving in the Battle of the Atlantic. This smaller ship was needed as an escort ship and equipped by minesweeping gear. However, on February 32, 1943 at 11:17 a.m., the Weyburn struck a large SSMA (Sonder Mine A) magnetic mine laid by German U-boat U-118. The mine, new technology for the time, could be laid as deep as 350 meters, and the Weyburn taken three weeks after the charge was laid was one of the first victims. Though HMS Wivern assisted Weyburn after the initial explosion, two depth charges exploded, everyone in the water, and crew members of the Wivern were killed or severely injured. Of the 83 officers and men aboard the Weyburn 12 died and there were 71 survivors.

The HMCS Regina (K 234), was another Saskatchewan namesake for the province’s capital city, Regina. HMCS Regina, was a flower-class corvette also engaged in escort duties in the Second World War. The American Liberty Ship, the Ezra Weston was a cargo ship carrying war material to the theatre of war. The Ezra Weston took a torpedo from the U-667. Her only escort was the HMCS Regina who was under the impression that the merchant ship had fallen to a mine. Therefore the Regina turned to assist the flailing ship and pick up survivors. The U-boat then also fired on the corvette. Within 30 seconds on August 8, 1944 at 9:27 p.m., one officer and 27 men fell.

Robert Watkins, a prairie sailor out of Winnipeg, sums it up this way, “during the war, the one thing he was scared of was the submarines, if the supply lines from Canada and the U.S. had dried up on account of the submarines, Britain would have gone under.”

Alongside John Thompson, Douglas Peter Robertson RCNVR (V 11460) son of Robert Angus Robertson and Elizabeth Jane Robertson, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan aged 26 fell August 8, 1944 in his capacity as Petty Officer Stoker aboard the HMCS Regina. As well, John Charles Henry Rathbone RCNVR (V 34478), son of John and Florence Rathbone, of Regina, Saskatchewan, aged 27 who took on the duties of supply assistant did not survive his wounds incurred that fatal evening. These three Saskatchewan prairie naval reservists lost their lives along with their crew mates, British and Canadian Navy sailors.

The Fall Action Stations magazine reports that, “exactly how many Saskatchewanians served in the RCN during the war is hard to estimate as many volunteered at recruiting offices outside the province, and vice versa. And due to wartime staffing pressures, sailors from a particular city or town rarely served on the ship bearing its name.”

For instance, Joseph McGrath, V/11616, son of Margaret McGrath of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, serving with the Royal Canadian Volunteer Reserve aboard the HMCS Athabaskan was one of those honoured in the commemorative naming program of the Saskatchewan Geographic Names Board with the naming of McGrath Lake in Saskatchewan.

Natural geographic features across Saskatchewan honour armed forces personnel and merchant sailors from the Second World War and the Korean War, and also those who fell during peacekeeping or NATO missions, or while protecting the public while on active duty such as police officers, firefighters, and Emergency Response Personnel.

The Naval Memorial erected at a cost of about $30,00 honours was spear-headed by Doug Archer, Chairman of the Friends of the Navy, and Steve Smedley. There are over 6,000 war memorials in Canada remembering those who fought with courage. Saskatoon’s Next of Kin Memorial Avenue in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is a national historic site. Both the Regina Cemetery and the North Battleford Cemetery are homes to two of the 28 Crosses of Sacrifice. Alongside these memorials, the Royal Canadian Legion branches and towns across Saskatchewan have erected monuments and cenotaphs honouring those who fell in military service from their community.

Quoting Lieutenant James Balfour, himself a prairie seaman, serving in the naval reserve stemmed from “the belief that there are things that are more important than just you as an individual, it’s about serving your country and doing something for the good of others.”

Terrence McEachern of The Leader Post quoted Doug Archer, former mayor of Regina, “We are so truly blessed that others have gone before us to preserve our freedom and our democracy. We need to honour them and never forget the contribution they’ve made.”

~Article written by Julia Adamson

Bibliography

Adamson, Julia. Commander Harold Wilson Balfour OBE VD RCNVR Recognized for Outstanding Civic Service and Meritorious Military Achievement. H.W. Balfour’s Truly Impressive Career.

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Crewlist from HMCS Weyburn ( 173) Canadian Corvette) Ships hit by German U-=boats Uboat.net. 1995 – 2013 Guðmundur Helgason

Crewlist from HMCS Regina 1995 – 2013 Guðmundur Helgason

Falloon, Dan.Veteran hoping to commemorate fellow sailors. 04 24 2013. Winnipeg Free Press.

For Posterity’s Sake Canadian Genealogy HMCS Weyburn K173 Corvette Ships hit by German U-boats during WWII uboat.net. 1995 – 2013 Guðmundur Helgason

HMCS Regina (K 234) of the Royal Canadian Navy – Canadian Corvette of the Flower class – Allied warships of WWII uboat.net. 1995 – 2013 Guðmundur Helgason

HMCS Regina (K 234) Canadian K 234) (Canadian Corvette) ships hit by German U boats during WWII 1995 – 2013 Guðmundur Helgason

HMCS Regina (K234) Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia

HMCS Weyburn (K173) (Canadian Corvette) Ships hit by German U-boats during WWII uboat.net 1995 – 2013 Guðmundur Helgason

HMCS Weyburn (K173) Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. id version =571908407.

Home/About Government/News Releases/November 2006/New Commemorative Naming Program to Recognize Saskatchewan Heroes. Government of Saskatchewan. c/o Grant Bastedo. Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan ISC

JosephMcGrath – The Canadian Virtual War Memorial. Records and Collections. Veteran’s Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. 2013-07-29.

Liberty Ship. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. id version=572158310

Mceachern, Terrence. Monument honours Navy seamen from Sask The Leader-Post, republished The StarPhoenix. September 23, 2013. 2010 – 2013 Postmedia Network Inc.

Naval Memorial Installation. Friends of the Navy.

Naval Monument Planned for Regina. From the files of Will Chabun, Leader Post, Regina. Memorial Honours RCN War Hero. 2012 Fall Action Stations. Volume 30 Issue 5 HMCS Sackville Newsletter.

Christianson, Adriana. Navy Reservists in Regina Commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic. May 6, 2013. New Saskatchewan Naval Monument. 620 CKRM the Source. Harvard Broadcasting Radio Stations September 23, 2013.

Remembrance Day Tribute. Let us remember those who served in the wars of yesterday and today. November 12, 2010.

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Volume 2 Part 1 Extant Commissioned Ships. HMCS Regina. National Defence and the Canadian Forces. DHH Home. Histories. 2006-07-07. Government of Canada.

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For More Information:

•Saskatchewan Gen Web Military Resources

•Canada In Flanders – The Official Story of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Volume I

•Saskatchewan Gen Web E-Magazine

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Recording and Memorialising Cemeteries

20 Dec

Graceful Delight

Recording and Memorialising Cemeteries

Part 4 of a 7 part series.

Through the Rural Municipality office cemetery clean up committees are established throughout the province to care for active cemeteries. Volunteers come together with lawn mowers, weed whackers, and chain saws to maintain active burial grounds to comply with their community standards.

Education is the key, to preserve a derelict cemetery. For historical conservation purposes it is wise to learn what to do, and what not to do. The Saskatchewan Historic Cemetery Manual and the A Graveyard Preservation Primer by Lynette Strangstad outline precautions necessary to increase awareness about cemetery preservation. Use caution in an historic cemetery site near large cemetery monuments, as these too, may break and topple. Trained volunteer cemetery crews, archaeologists or professionals recommended by the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation are required for preservation work on an historic graveyard in need of restoration. For such work, grants and assistance is available.

Non-invasive methods of reading fading inscriptions is imperative to preserve information for future generations of genealogists. Do no harm is mandated, headstones should not be sprayed with solvents or cleaning supplies as these may enter cracks, and further erode the stone. A simple mirror or plain rain water may help to bring out the shadow play on the inscription. “Rubbings” onto paper should never be made on stone which is soft and may break apart under the process further eroding a delicate stone. For example when attempting to read an eroded head stone, do not make rubbings with light weight paper that the wax or ink colour may bleed through.

Photographing a tombstone from a variety of angles and a tight close up opens up the capability for image enhancement in photo software to enlarge, and manipulate photos to bring out the natural contrasts, and highlights in the photographic image.

Share your photographs or transcriptions with one of the many agencies recording and memorializing cemeteries in Saskatchewan. A kind courtesy to other researchers is to take photos of all the tombstones, and then submit them online to an organisation such as the Canada Gen Web Saskatchewan Cemetery Project

Note: This program (Saskatchewan Genealogy Society ~ Saskatchewan Cemetery Care and Maintenance Program SCCMP ) has been discontinued, however it ws intriguing, so the information is left here in this blog online

Additional Resources:

Links

Canada Gen Web Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project

Network Canadian Cemetery Management September 2010 Vol 24 No 10

Saskatchewan Gen Web Cemetery Resources and Organisations

Saskatchewan Genealogy Society Cemetery Index

Saskatchewan Historic Cemetery Manual

 SCCMP “The Saskatchewan Cemetery Care and Maintenance Program”

Books

Victorian cemetery art by Edmund Vincent Gillon

Bibliography:

Links to sources are embedded in text above.

Additionally:

Redfield, Robert, Ralph Linton and Melville J. Herkovits

1936 Memorandum for the Study of Acculturation. American Anthropologist 38(1):149-
152.

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Cemetery Vacations

20 Dec

Graceful Delight

Cemetery Vacations

Part 5 of a 7 part series.

Cemetery tours and historical cemetery guide books enhance the interpretation of the community’s evolution, providing information and cultural, historical and contemporary heritage interpretation. The Regina Ethnic Pioneers Cemetery Walking Tours and the associated books; Regina Ethnic Pioneers Cemetery Walking Tour Multicultural Tour 2 , Regina Cemetery Walking Tour Founding Fathers Blue Tour, and Cemetery Walking Tour : Multicultural. Tour 2  are examples of such an endeavour.

Such is the nature of the narrative documentation collected that this concise history becomes a significant source of information which honours and celebrates the memory of those who have gone before so they will never be forgotten ~ a source of community pride. Biographies of individuals, their families, occupations, and their spirituality commemorate the community and society in an historical viewpoint. Erecting monuments on cenotaphs, maps on billboard panels for visitors, pedestal mounted guest books during a commemorative re-dedication ceremony provide a link to achievements engaging visitors to recognize both the great individuals buried, along with the small pioneer families. “It is important because we are getting to the stage where, if we do nothing now, the memories of those people will vanish,” reported Oliver Evans, “I don’t think they should be forgotten.”

Vacation time and holidays create a rewarding experience and an opportunity to get the whole family involved in history, and introducing them to family ancestry. Memorable events are created when connecting with the memory and significance of ancestral events, pioneering days, and family traditions. Standing in the footsteps of your great great grandfather placing flowers on the grave on your great great great grandmother . “He gazed on that very same stone,” says Andy Linkins as he mourned his deceased mother. Remember to search respectfully, research as much as you can first and make contact with local organisations before you leave on your trip. Reaching “out to touch the final resting place of their ancestors,” writes Kory Meyerink, pries “the lid off a family story forgotten by most of the living relatives.”

Note: This program (Saskatchewan Genealogy Society ~ Saskatchewan Cemetery Care and Maintenance Program SCCMP ) has been discontinued, however it ws intriguing, so the information is left here in this blog online

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Who will continue Bob Hinitt’s legacy?

15 Dec

What's in a Day?

Robert N. Hinitt Born June 24, 1926 Winnipeg, MB Died November 11, 2011 Saskatoon, SK

Bob Hinitt, B.A., M.A. B.Ed. (1926-2011) was known for his work in the Saskatoon drama community. He took his dramatic artistry skills in setting up an elaborate Christmas staging to his front lawn every Christmas on Wiggins Avenue. Every year visitors would be treated to a new, original Christmas decoration which would raise funds for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals SPCA or Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. When Hinitt ‘s Christmas displays ended in 2006 due to knee surgery and diabetes, he said, “What I feel bad about is that (the organizations) won’t have that money this year. The animals need that. They need somebody to fend for them.” At his peak, his donated contributions came to $12,000 in one year alone.

Biography

Hinitt graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French and English in 1947, followed by his Master in Arts two years later. He continued in University to receive his Bachelor of education in 1952. Over the next 44 years Hinitt taught French, English and Drama in Saskatoon high schools and at the University of Saskatchewan.

The archives have compiled a photographic collection commemorating the sculpture Hinitt crafted for the 1971 Jeux Canada Games, a sampling of his front yard Christmas displays, his backyard floral garden arrangements, artwork for Ronald McDonald House as well as sets at ABCI Robert Hinitt Castle Theater.

Early life

Hinitt and his family moved from Winnipeg to Calgary when he was 4 years old, relocating to Blucher, SK the following year. By the age of 9, the family had moved into the city of Saskatoon enabling Hinitt to attend Victoria School, Nutana Collegiate, and the University of Saskatchewan.

Drama

Hinitt designed the 600 seat round theatre for Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute ABCI, first named Castle Theatre. It was here that his skills he gleaned from Stratford in sets and design came to life, his interest in sculpture blossomed, and his love of drama brought awards in a number of provincial drama festivals. Students remember his skill at painting and assembling cardboard into pillars, and architecture from any era and any country, painting it to look like the setting needed for any play. Under the lights, a magical transformation occurred keeping the audience spell bound as the theatrical performance wound its charm around them. Not ony did the drama students at ABCI benefit from Castle theatre, but it was the inaugural venue for the Saskatoon Summer Players and their first performance Oliver!.

Hinitt was instrumental in the founding of the Saskatoon Gateway Players, The Saskatoon Summer Players, and also served with Persephone Theatre.

Honours and Awards

In 1967, Hinitt was honoured as the first CFQC Citizen of the year. In 1983, Hinitt received the Order of Canada. Hinitt was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2000 followed the next year with induction into the Woodward Theatre Hall of Fame. Hinitt Place is a Saskatoon street named in tribute. Bob Hinitt Wing was established in his honour at the SPCA, and in 2008 Castle Theatre was renamed “Robert Hinitt Castle Theater”. In tribute to Hinitt, he described as an “educator whose passion for theatre and design nurtured generations of theatre-goers, practitioners and artists.”

Legacy
To honour the memory of Bob Hinitt, it was requested that donations continue to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals SPCA or Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.

What would be marvelous, indeed, would be for Christmas displays set up in his honour at a public Saskatoon location in his memory by the community.

Sources

“Arts community mourns legend Bob Hinitt”. CTV Saskatoon. November 11, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://www.saskatoonspca.com/caring/bob-hinitt “In Memory of Bob Hinitt Robert N. Hinitt June 12th, 1926 – November 11, 2011”. Saskatoon SPCA. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

McKinlay, Peggy (2011). http://wanderlustandwords.blogspot.com/2011/11/bob-hinitt-community-artist.html “Wanderlust and Words: Bob Hinitt, Community Artist”. Wanderlust. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

Heighes, Pat (20111). http://www.saskatoonsummerplayers.ca/about.php “Look Back….. The Origins of Saskatoon Summer Players”. Saskatoon Summer Players. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=2116273e-ca5a-4941-acef-dcca2e795c54 “Hinitt Christmas displays come to end ater 59 years. Bob Hinitt has hung up his hammer, ending a decades-long Christmas tradition in Saskatoon”. Star Phoenix. December 21, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

Moira, Day (2006). http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/hinitt_robert_n_1926-.html “Hinitt, Robert N 1926-“. Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://www.arts.usask.ca/drama/news/news.php?newsid=2382 “News Item – Department of Drama”. College of Arts and Science – University of Saskatchewan. 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://sain.scaa.sk.ca/items/index.php/hinitt-robert-n;term/browseTerm?limit=20 “SAIN Photographs”. Subjects-Hinitt, Robert N.. SAIN Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved Decmeber 14, 2011.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2011/11/13/sk-robert-hinitt-obit.html “Saskatoon arts legend Bob Hinitt dies”. CBC News. November 13, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

Warick, Jason (November 12, 2011). http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx
“Beloved Saskatoon citizen dead at 86”.
Star Phoenix. Press Display. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

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