In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


George Martin (Wiggy) Bennett


Chief Petty Officer 1st Class


Engineering Mechanic, R12218, RCN(R)


Born: 28 Dec1914, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 17 Sep 1988


BENNETT, George Martin (Wiggy) - Suddenly at home on September 17, 1988. George beloved father of Sandra, Gail and Don. Loving grandfather of Kristen, Kurt, Darren, Jennifer and Michael. The family will received friends at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. for a service at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Bob Rumble Centre for the Deaf.


George Bennett served in the RCNVR from 25 Oct 1933, commencing active service on 01 Sep 1939, until he was demobilized 09 Sep 1947 at the rank of Chief Stoker. On 26 Feb 1952 he joined the RCN(R) and served until 25 Feb 1957 attaining the rank of C1EM3


Ships served in:


HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in Saguenay 13 May 1935 - 21 10 1935 as Sto 2c, RCNVR and 09 Jun 1938 - 01 Oct 1938 as Sto 1c, RCNVR


HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 01 May 1937 - 08 Jul 1938 as Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS GASPÉ - Served in Gaspé 15 Jul 1939 - 31 Aug 1939 as A/L/Sto, RCNVR

HMCS ULNA - Served in Ulna 16 Sep 1939 - 30 Dec 1939 and 09 Jan 1940 - 17 May 1940 as L/Sto


HMCS ANNAPOLIS - Served in Annapolis 24 Sep 1940 - 24 Jun 1942 as a L/Sto, A/Sto PO. and Sto PO, RCNVR

HMCS MAHONE - Served in Mahone 10 Jul 42 - 02 Aug 1942 as a Sto PO, RCNVR

HMCS HURON - Served in Huron 07 Sep 1942 - 31 Dec 1942 as a Sto PO, RCNVR

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to Athabaskan 01 Jan 1943 Sto PO, RCNVR


HMCS YORK - 26 Feb 1952 - Re-enlisted in RCN(R)

HMCS PORTAGE - Served in Portage 20 May 1955 - 29 May 1955 as a C1EM3, RCN(R)


HMCS YORK - Honourably released 25 Feb 1957



Sea Cadet George Bennett - 1930


Sea Cadet George Bennett - 1930







(GB01) Photo of Ch Sto Bennett  (GB02) George's medals  (GB03) Page from George's Certificate of Service RCNVR pre-WW2 (GB04) Page from George's Certificate of Service RCNVR, Active Service WW2 (GB05) Page from George's Certificate of Service RCN(R)






(GB06) George Bennett tells how the convoy they were escorting changed course to avoid the German Pocket Battleship ADMIRAL SCHEER which was engaging the convoy protected by the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS JERVIS BAY. George was serving in HMCS ANNAPOLIS at the time  (GB07) George's Certificate of Discharge dated 09 Sep 1947  (GB08-GB09) Service Summary







(GB10) Letter of Service - Toronto Sea Cadet Corps Temeraire - dated 1934  (GB11) Letter of Reference from HMCS YORK dated 24 Sep 1947 (GB12) YOUVILLE, tender to HMCS YORK at the jetty at HMCS YORK - 1968  (GB13) HMCS HAIDA as a museum in Toronto at the foot of Bay St.  (14) HMCS OTTAWA 229


(GB15) George Bennett with family  (GB16) George Bennett, Stationary Engineer, HMCS YORK late 1960s  (GB17) George Bennett (left) with Bob McKay, HMCS YORK boiler room



Webmaster's note:  The photos below are still being sorted / organized.  The photos and corresponding captions will be given numbers once completed.



Sailors on HMCS FESTUBERT - 1930

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(...) Looking aft on HMCS ANNAPOLIS from just forward of the torpedo tubes  (...) "HMCS ANNAPOLIS towing HMCS DUNVEGAN.  The night before HMCS DUNVEGAN broke down and rammed HMCS ANNAPOLIS"  (...) "Gun crew on watch - HMCS ANNAPOLIS on convoy 1941"  (...) "Roll Roll Roll and never stay still" HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (...) "HMCS ANNAPOLIS convoy and camouflage"


(...-...) Dropping depth charges from HMCS ANNAPOLIS.  Webmaster's note: The writing on the back of one photos says "The kill of a U-boat".  This might have been wishful thinking on the part of the crew as HMCS ANNAPOLIS was never credited for sinking a U-boat. 


 (...) HMCS ANNAPOLIS "Riding out the hurricane"    (...) "Hurricane letting up" HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (...) HMCS ANNAPOLIS biting into a wave  (...) "Smashed boats and bent davit after hurricane. Motor boat jammed into searchlight platform"  (...) "Smashed carley float after tail end of hurricane storm"


(...) "Ed Morris' ship - ST CROIX"  (...) HMCS ST CROIX I81  (...) "Four Stacker ANNAPOLIS in dry dock"  (...) "Two four stackers in Saint John NB dry dock 1942"  HMCS ANNAPOLIS on right of photo  (...) HMCS ANNAPOLIS in dry dock in Saint John, NB



(...) Screws of HMCS ANNAPOLIS while in dry dock at Saint John, NB  (...) "Corvette - Saint John NB dry dock - 1942"  (...) HMCS ANNAPOLIS - Starbaord side looking aft  (...) "Dirty Weather - 1942"  (...) "These old four stackers would roll in a coffee cup - Winter storms 1942"



(...) HMCS ANNAPOLIS "Four Stackers stern depth charges 1941"  (...) Search light platform on HMCS ANNAPOLIS  (...) "Convoy on the way across from Halifax, NS  (...) "Iceberg in table form  (...) "More ice and most ships with no radar. Thank goodness it was daylight - 1942"



(...) HMS/m SEAL  (...) HMS/m THETIS, sunk before the war, renamed "THUNDERBOLT" and the worlds largest submarine, the Free French Submarine "SURCOUF", Halifax, 1941  (... ) Navy Tug St. Anne and Free French Submarine SURCOUF  (...) HMS/m CASHALOT  (...) HMS/m Porpoise N57


(...) HMS/m PORPOISE N57  (... - ...) HMS Forth, Submarine Depot Ship  (...) United States Submarine S-49 at the old Terminal Warehouse Building, foot of Yorke St., Toronto  (...) "Four Stacker HMCS COLUMBIA on convoy outer flank - 1941"


























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Above 7 photos - Rescuing survivors of U-877 sunk by HMCS ST THOMAS 27 Dec 1944


Bottom two photos - Germans prisoners on the quarterdeck of HMCS SEA CLIFF K344



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