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Elvin Raymond McLean

 

Able Seaman, 4381, RCN

 

Born: 21 Apr 1923, Cloverdale, British Colubmia

 

Died: 20 May 1972, Chase, British Columbia

 

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:

HMCS NADEN - Enlisted in the RCN at Naden on 02 Jun 1941 for 7 years service
HMCS CHAMBLY - Served in Chambly 12 Dec 1941 - 20 Feb 1942 as an OS, RCN

HMCS CHAMBLY - Served in Chambly 18 Jun 1942 - 07 Jul 1942 as an AB, RCN
HMCS AVALON II - Depot ship (tender to HMCS AVALON, Newfoundland) - Served in Avalon II 08 Jul 1942 - 07 Aug 1942 as an AB, RCN

HMCS LOUISBURG - 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.
HMCS SUDEROY IV - Served in Suderoy IV 10 Aug 1943 - 07 Dec 1943 as an AB, RCN
HMS NABOB - Served n Nabob 15 Dec 1943 - 28 Aug 1944 as an AB, RCN. Survived the torpedoing of Nabob. He was an AB at the time of the torpedoing
HMCS SCOTIAN - Served in Scotian 23 Dec 1944 - 15 May 1945
Motor Launch ML Q055 - Served in Q055 16 May 1945 - 05 Jun 1945 as an AB, RCN

HMCS SCOTIAN - Served in Scotian 14 Aug 1945 - 01 Sep 1945
HMCS WHITETHROAT - Served in Whitethroat 02 Sep 1945 - 28 Sep 1945 as a LS, RCN
HMCS DONNACONA (Naval Reserve Division Montreal) - Served in Donnacona 29 Sep 1945 - 09 Mar 1946
HMCS UGANDA - Served in Uganda 07 Jun 1946 - 17 Dec 1946 as an LS, RCN
HMCS ONTARIO - Served in Ontario 20 May 1947 - 05 Jun 1947 as a LS & AB, RCN
HMCS ROCKCLIFFE  - Served in Rockcliffe 06 Jun 1947 - 04 Jan 1948 as an AB, RCN
HMCS DISCOVERY - Served in Discovery 05 Jan 1948 - 01 Apr 1948
HMCS NADEN - Drafted to Naden 02 Apr 1948 and was released on 01 Jun 1948 when his engagement expired as an AB, RCN

 

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(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

 

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(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

 

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(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

 

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(23-24) Unidentified sailors on HMCS Chambly - ship identified by gunshield art

 

Photos courtesy of Alan Soderstrom

 

 

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