For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
McLEAN, Elvin Raymond - aged 49 years of No. 305, 910-th Ave., New Westminster passed away accidentally on Saturday, May 20, 1972 at Chase, B.C. He is survived by his loving wife, Audrey, 1 daughter: Mrs. J. (Linda) Williams, Surrey; 1 granddaughter, Christina Mae, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd McLean, New Westminster; 2 brothers, Ralph and Milton, Kamloops; 2 sisters, Mrs. Donna Bowers, Queen Charlotte Islands; Mrs. Doreen Soderstrom, Fort St. John; mother-in-law Mrs. Mae Harrington, New Westminster; Mr.. McLean was a 7 yr. veteran of W.W. II serving with the Royal Canadian Navy. He was also in the Reserve of the Westminster Regiment for a number of years. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 1972 in the New Westminster Chapel of S. Bowell & Sons, 219-6th St., with Rev. W. Lyle officiating. Cremation.
Ships served in:
CHAMBLY - Served in Chambly 18 Jun 1942 - 07 Jul 1942 as an AB, RCN
- Served in Louisburg 08 Aug 1942 - -6 Feb 1943. Survived the sinking of HMCS Louisburg.
He was an AB at the time of the sinking.
SCOTIAN - Served in Scotian 14 Aug 1945 - 01 Sep 1945
(1) Elvin and Audrey McLean on their wedding day (2) Elvin and Audrey's wedding party (3) Elvin McLean (4) Elvin McLean (left) and unidentified sailor (5) Elvin McLean on either HMCS CHAMBLY OR HMCS LOUISBURG (6) Elvin McLean by unknown monument (7) WW2 song book
(8) Shore Patrol - Elvin McLean top right (9) Shore Patrol (10 ) Shore Patrol compound overlooking HMC Dockyard, Halifax. Two Castle Class Corvettes in background (11) Unidentified person cleaning shore patrol vehicle (12) Unidentified sailor by shore patrol vehicle (13) Unidentified sailors jacking around with bat for the camera (webmaster's note: I'm sure some of them wished they were able to use a bat when on patrol) (14) Shore Patrol - Elvin McLean on left
(15) Sailors in ship's boat. Elvin McLean identified by arrow (16) Unknown young couple. Cap tally and left sleeve says "Sea Cadet" (17) Ships in unknown port - possibly St. John's, Nfld (18) Unidentified sailors jacking around (19) Unknown person - looks to be wearing a train engineer or conductor's cap (20) Sailors on unknown ship - sailor in foreground has monkey on his shoulder (21) Sailors on unknown ship - sailor front row centre holding a mandolin (22) Unknown group of sailors - uniforms look like those worn by Combined Operations personnel
(23-24) Unidentified sailors on HMCS Chambly - ship identified by gunshield art
Photos courtesy of Alan Soderstrom