For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


Robert J. (Bob) Macklem


Leading Torpedoman, V11297, RCNVR


Died: 26 Sep 2014, Edmonton, Alberta


MACKLEM, Robert J. (Bob) - It is with great sadness the family of Robert (Bob) Macklem announces his passing on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the age of 91 years. Predeceased by his wife Hilda, Bob will be forever lovingly remembered by his children Rob (Pam) Macklem, Karen (Tom) Nicholson and Kelly (Sandy) Macklem; grandchildren Russell Macklem, Heidi (Chris) Reiter, Kalyn Nicholson and Alysha (Chris) Kothlow and great-grandchildren Zachary and Georgia. Bob proudly served through the duration of World War II in the Royal Canadian Navy and spent most of his working career travelling throughout northern Alberta as a salesman for Westinghouse/Camco. He will be remembered for always helping, never complaining, dancing with the love of his life and Big Oranges. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the wonderful staff at Shepherd's Care Greenfield who cared for Bob after Hilda's passing. The family has decided to have a private Service. Memorial donations in Bob's honour may be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta. (Edmonton Journal 01 Oct 2014)


Ships served in:





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(1) Torpedo History Sheet  (2) Torpedoman Trade Certificate  (3) Course photo at Hochelaga (HMCS Hochelaga II) (4-7) "The Boys" at Hochelaga (HMCS Hochelaga II)  (8) LS Robert Macklem's certificate volunteering for service in the Pacific



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(9) Souvenirs of Ireland and Bermuda  (10) Inside cover of one of Robert's photo albums - note the final entry  (11) War Savings Certificate Application  (12) Ceremonial Divisions, HMC Dockyard, Halifax. DND / RCN photo R-1063  (13-14) Surrendered U-boat (either U-190 or U-889)  (15) Robert Macklem ashore - location unknown



(left) German Pocket-Battleship Admiral Graf Spee  //  (right) Damage to the Admiral Graf Spee after her battle with the British cruisers HMS Ajax, HMS Achillies and HMS Exeter during the Battle of the River Plate 13 Dec 1939



German Pocket-Battleship Admiral Graf Spee after scuttling off Montevideo 17 Dec 1939


Note: these photos of the Graf Spee were not taken by Robert Macklem, but were in his collection



Wartime Photos of Robert Macklem


It is not known what ship or at what place ashore these photo were taken at.  For the ships it could be any of the ones Robert served in:  Chilliwack, St. Boniface or Penetang


"Chipping as usual"

"Cmon Ritchie Buck Up"

Sailors playing cards in the mess deck

"One Blue Boy Happy"

Sailors playing cards in the mess deck

Unknown sailor on the 4-inch gun

Too much oil

"Depth Charge Away"

Unknown ship laying a smoke screen


U Press of IWWP

Bob, Danny and Ken

"We were going steady"



Wartime photos of Robert Macklem


Allied Warships and Merchant ships - some identified, some unknown

USS Vulcan

USCGC Spencer

USS Buck 420

SS Guam

Convoy Straggler

Unknown River Class Destroyer

Unknown Corvette

Merchant Aircraft Carrier (MAC)

Submarine N43

Submarine N34

Dutch Submarine

HMS Matabele

HMS Hecla

HMS Hecla

HMS Hecla

HMS Greenwich

HMS Burnham

Clemson Class Destroyer

French Destroyer

HMS Churchill I45

Clemson Class Destroyer

SS Empire Queen

HMS Caldwell I20

Wickes Class Destroyer

Unknown Corvette

Captured French Schooner

Business End of Tanker

Either HMS Rodney or HMS Nelson

Unknown ship




Wartime Photo Album of Robert Macklem


This album contains all Robert's photos, postcards and sketches scanned as entire album pages, published here for posterity's sake, courtesy of his son, Kelly Macklem.

The majority of the photos were taken during his time on HMCS Chilliwack K131. The last few pages contain family photos.

Click on the thumbnail images to view each full page


Album cover



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