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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


William Geldart Findlay


Lieutenant, O-23610, RCN(R)


Died: 01 May 1971, Oakville, Ontario


William Findlay graduated from the Osgoode Hall Law School class of 1941. He enlisted in the RCNVR in 1942 serving until 1946. After the war he was transferred to the RCN(R) (retired list). William's date of passing is from the Law Society of Upper Canada (archives online)


Ships served in:

HMCS KINGS - Appointed to Kings 26 Mar 1942 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR (Navy List Apr 1942)

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to Cornwallis 20 Jul 1942 as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 16 Mar 1943) for A/S Maintenance Course (Navy List Sep 1942)

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Appointed to Guysborough Jan 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR. Re-Appointed to Guysborough 22 Jul 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR (seniority 16 Mar 1943) (Navy List Aug 1943). Seniority backed to 16 Mar 1942 (Navy List Feb 1944)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to Niobe for Canadian Naval Administrative Authority (CNAA), Plymouth 10 May 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Jul 1944).  Served in CNAA Plymouth 12 May 1944 - 30 Jun 1944 (Conduct Report of Lt Findlay)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to Niobe as Lt, RCNVR, For Disposal (Navy List Sep 1944).  Appointed to Niobe 21 Jul 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, For Disposal (Navy List Nov 1944).  (Note: Listed in the Navy Lists "for Disposal from Sep 44 to Jan 45)

HMCS BOWMANVILLE - Appointed to Bowmanville 19 Jan 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List Mar 1945)

HMCS AVALON - Appointed to Avalon as a Lt, RCNVR (Navy List May 1945)

HMCS ST STEPHEN - Served in St Stephen 17 Sep 1945 - 05 Dec 1945 as Lt, RCNVR, XO (Conduct Report for Lt Findlay).  Appointed Commanding Officer 05 Dec 1945 as a Lt, RCNVR. 6th Commanding Officer. Served as CO 05 Dec 1945 - 30 Jan 1946 (Macpherson / Burgess - Ship's of Canada's Naval Forces 1910 - 1981)

 * Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS YORK (Retired List) as a Lt, RCN(R) (Navy List Jul 1952).  Last noted in the Navy List for Jan 1960 on the retired list as HMCS YORK as a Lt, RCN(R) 





(WF01) William Findlay's graduation photo from Osgoode Hall Law School class of 1941  (WF02) Conduct report for CNAA Plymouth  (WF03) Conduct report as XO HMCS St Stephen


Lt Findlay's medals - The 1939-1945 Star, The Atlantic Star, The CVSM with Bar and The War Medal 1939-45


Photos and service documents courtesy of Mike Cole



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