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Sidney Robert (Sid) Dobing


L/55X30056, RN


Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Boatswain, 4728-E, RCN


Born: 14 Apr 1922, Edson, Alberta


Died: 29 Sep 2013


DOBING, Sidney Robert, - Passed away peacefully in his 92nd year. Born in Edson Alberta. Joined the Royal Navy as a Boy Seaman 10 May 1939 at Sheerness, Kent. First ship was the Tribal Class HMS Mashona, seeing action in the North Sea, Norwegian Campaign and the Atlantic. Sid was the last remaining survivor of the sinking of Mashona (May 1941) following battle with German battleship Bismark, which was also sunk. Sid transferred to the RCN in June 1941 and survived when HMCS Ottawa was torpedoed and sunk 13 September 1943. He was one of 76 survivors, but 114 of his shipmates perished. He was one of only two remaining survivors of the Ottawa. Continued his Navy career, serving on several HMC ships including Pictou, Antigonish, Fairmile ML124 (as Commanding Officer), Digby, Athabaskan and Margaree retiring as CPO First Class in September 1960 before starting a second successful career with Veterans Affairs. Sid was an avid gardener, walker and reader. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Masonic Lodge, Shady Creek United Church, Chief and POs Association and an Honorary Life Member of the Broadmead Veterans Care Society. Predeceased by wife Bonney, he is survived by brother Fred (Norah); son Brian (Xiying); daughter Lynne (Garry); granddaughters Kimberly, Hilary (Caleb), Selina, Janelle; and great granddaughter Scarlett. Service will be held Friday October 18 at 2:30 at Shady Creek United Church in Saanichton.


Sid survived the sinking of HMS Mashona on 28 May 1941. HMS Mashona had taken part in the search and destruction of the German battleship Bismarck. The Luftwaffe attacked British naval units that were returning home and Mashona was sunk. Her survivors were picked up by HMS Tartar and landed at Greenock, Scotland. Two year later Sid survived the sinking of HMCS Ottawa H60. He said being on deck was an advantage, you definitely did not want to be in the engine room.


Sidney Dobing served in the RCN from 20 Jun 1941 to 02 Sep 1960.


Click here to read more on Sid's wartime Experiences


Click here to read a portion of Sid diary leading up to the commissioning of HMCS Ottawa 341 (4th of name)


Ships served in:

HMS MASHONA - Survived the sinking of HMS Mashona


HMCS OTTAWA - Survived the sinking of Ottawa H60





ML Q124


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(1-2) AB Sid Dobing - 1940  (3) Sid Dobing, Halifax, 1942  (4) CPO Sid Dobing - 1948  (5) ID Card for AB Sidney Dobing, RCN


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(6) The Broadway, Sheerness-on-sea  (7) The Beach, Sheerness  (8) The Pier, Sheerness  (9) The Esplanade, Sheerness  (10) Seaford Esplanade, Sussex  (11) Marine Parade, Sheerness - "Uncle Jim's Hotel Glass House"  (12) Minister Abbey Church with new Lych Gate - Isle of Sheppey  (13) HM Dockayard, Sheerness


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(14) Sid Dobing  (15) Sid Dobing (left), Cousin Harry Howe and Uncle Harry Howe (back), Lewisham, Aug 1939 - "I took this many years ago, I thought it might remind you Brookbank Rd"  (16) Sid Dobing at HMS Wildfire, Sheerness, Kent, Boys Training Establishment, Summer 1939  (17) Dormitory at HMS Wildfire - "Notice how we keep our clothes. We keep our cases in the racks on the left."  (18) Gymnasium at HMS Wildfire  (19) Ceremony of Colours at HMS Wildfire - "Every morning the White Ensign is hoisted. The guard presents arms and the band plays. We will be guard about 3 weeks before we go."  (20) The Mess as HMS Wildfire - "This is how the mess is laid out after we have finished a meal. There is a tea urn, a fanny for porridge, and a kettle for general use. Each mess has its own bucket. Notice how everything shines. This was kept very clean by the boys themselves."  (21) Tom Phillips and Sid Dobing, Boy Seamen at HMS Wildfire, Jul 1939


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(22-26) HMS Mashona

(22) "Going down the Jacobs ladder on from the shipís boom to enter the shipís whaler, the boat in which we went sailing - 1940"  (23) At sea - 1940 - "Some of my messmates taken in front of one of the shipís 4.7 inch guns. Left to right: Myself, Fred Bliss, missing presumed drowned, a former classmate from Wildfire, Gordon Sawyer, wounded during the action and also a Wildfire classmate, John McLeod, a messmate and survivor, from Newcastle."  (24) Taken from the shipís bridge, looking forward. "A calm sea, so imagine what it is like during rough weather. The ship was rolling, that is why the photo looks like it is on an angle"  (25) Sid Dobing (Bosun's Mate) and Allan Darby (Quartermaster) - 1940-41.  "Myself in 1940. I am wearing the chain and bosun call rather than the white lanyard normally worn with Number 1 uniform. It indicates that I am a member of the gangway staff when on duty in harbour."  (26) HMS Mashona's last minutes


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(27) Sailing in Scapa Flow, I believe I am holding the stems of some large plants that we found when we went  ashore.  (28) Sailing at Scapa Flow, Sick Bay Petty Officer J. Hall, near the rear of the boat without a cap, was in charge. Able Seaman Ed. Small, a classmate from training in Wildfire is at the front and has a cigarette in his mouth. I am to right looking outboard. I canít remember the names of the others but I believe one was a Supply rating. (29) Alfred, Sid and Alice Dobing - 1941  (30) Mr. McCauley (Harry's father) and Sid Dobing in Woodroofe (Ottawa) - Summer 1942  (31) Unknown ship with barrage balloon  (32) Unknown ships fueling at sea.  (33) Unknown sailing vessel  (34) Unknown couple with Sid Dobing (right)


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(35) Mrs. Gilbert, landlady at 147 Henry St., Halifax - 1943  (36) Don Sims at Mrs. Gilbert's place, 147 Henry St., Halifax - 1943  (37) Sid Dobing at Mrs. Gilbert's place, 147 Henry St., Halifax - 1943  (38) Sid Dobing and Jean Richardson - summer 1943  (39) Sid Dobing in Halifax, Winter 1943-44  (40) Sid Dobing at Rita Morrisey's house - 17 Mar 1944  (41) At Rita Morrisey's house - 17 Mar 1945.  Bill Snider, Joe Kirchoff, Cox'n of HMCS Winnipeg and Sid Dobing  (42) At Rita Morrisey's house - 17 Mar 1945


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(43) Sid Dobing at Harrison's - Summer 1945  (44) "Ossie" Owsanski and Sid Dobing - downtown Victoria 1946  (45) Ship's Company Dance at Crystal Garden, Victoria - 1946  (46) Smoker at HMCS Givenchy - 1946 (names on back of photo)    (47) Leadership course at HMCS Naden - Course Officer Lt R. Thurber - 1946  (48) Bonney and Sid Dobing on their honeymoon, Vancouver, Aug 1947  (49) HMS Matabele F26  (50)HMCS Fraser, HMCS Margaree, HMCS Skeena - 1959


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(51) Ship's Dance, Hotel McAlpin, New York, 06 Jul 1944  (52) Don Sims in Halifax  (53) The Royal Canadian Navy - Well-Baby Health Services - Diet No. 2  (54) Tot time on an unknown ship  (55-56) HMCS PICTOU iced up in the North Atlantic  (57) HMCS PICTOU  (58) HMCS OTTAWA H60 c1940



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