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Norman Farley

 

Stoker Petty Officer, V800, RCNVR

 

Norman Farley joined the RCNVR in 1939 and served 9 years in the Navy. After 9 years in the Navy Norman got out and went back to school and took a cooks course.  After he completed the course he found the Air Force was looking for cooks and joined the RCAF and served 9 years. As of Jul 2019, Norman is alive and living in British Columbia.

 

While Norman was serving in HMCS St Laurent, he took part in the rescue of German and Italian POWs from the torpedoed Arandora Star.  He was in dingy pulling survivors out of the water.  They pulled out about 800 oil soaked survivors - some of which did not survive. "It was a problem to find space to put them - we were stacking them like cord wood on the upper deck in any vacant space we could find.. One of the survivors, that I must have pulled out of the water, recognized me and gave me a lighter."

 

Norman's father William Farley and his two brothers Reginald Farley and Gerald Farley also served in the Navy as Stokers.

 

As of Jun 2019, Norman is alive and well in British Columbia.  Norman is 98 years young.

 

Ships served in:

HMCS NOOTKA

HMCS MILLTOWN

HMCS ST LAURENT

HMCS GANANOQUE

HMCS SUSSEXVALE

 

Stoker Norman Farley (19) - HMCS ST LAURENT H83 Engine Room Branch

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Sto 2c Norman Farley home on leave

The Halifax Chronicle 04 Mar 1941

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 


 

Norman Farley 11 Nov 2017, Victoria, BC

 

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