For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
HEWARD, John Edisforth - On August 17, 2002 in his eighty-fifth year, after a long illness, joined his wife "Betty" Heward (nee McLean) who predeceased him. He will be missed by his sons Peter John (Suzanne), Robert Arthur (Jane), grandchildren Glenn (Dana), Kimberlee, Roger and Brian; great-grandson Jarred, as well as his sister Marjorie Eastham (Baye). A memorial service will be held Friday, August 23, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Collins Clarke Funeral Home, 222 Highway 20 (Cartier exit 49) for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Veterans Hospital or the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be appreciated. Special thanks are extended to all staff of (10A) at the Veterans Hospital for looking after "Poppa." (The Montreal Gazette 21 Aug 2002)
Citation for Mentioned in Despatches: HEWARD, John Edisforth, Acting Sub-Lieutenant - Mention in Despatches - RCNR - Awarded as per London Gazette of 26 July 1940 (no Canada Gazette). "For good service in successful operations which prevented much war material from falling into the hands of the enemy."
Ships served in:
HMCS THUNDER - Appointed to THUNDER 14 Oct 1941 as a SLt, RCNVR
HMCS LACHINE - Appointed to LACHINE 15 Jun 1942 as a Lt, RCNVR. Commissioning Crew
HMCS MEDICINE HAT - 2nd Commanding Officer, 4th Commanding Officer
HMCS ROCKCLIFFE - Appointed to ROCKCLIFFE 08 Aug 1944 (Standby). 1st Commanding Officer
(1) Lt Heward (2-3) Write-up on the demolition at St. Malo, France, 15 Jun 1940 by John Heward, A/Slt, RCNVR (4) Newspaper article - A/Slts John Edisford Heward and Reginald John Pickford - Mentioned in Despatches - The Montreal Gazette 27 Jul 1940 (5-6) Newspaper Article - A/Slts John Edisford Heward, Reginal John Pickford and Peter Andrew Ruttan Thompson - Mentioned in Despatches - The Montreal Gazette 27 Jul 1940 (7) Newspaper Article - A/Slts John Edisford Heward, Reginald John Pickford and Peter Andrew Ruttan Thompson - Mentioned in Despatches - The London Times 29 Jul 1940
(8) USN Blimp flying over convoy near New York. Note: It is not known what ship this photo was taken from. (9) Ship's whaler with oars shipped. Bowsman ready to release the head rope. Note: It is not known what ship this photo was taken from.
Courtesy of Roger Heward