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H.W. Marshall Burns

 

Leading Seaman, Layer Rating, RCNVR

 

Died: 10 Jan 1973, Ottawa, Ontario

 

BURNS, H.W. Marshall - In hospital, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1973, Marshall Burns, 34 Fairhill Cres., aged 50 years, beloved husband of Francoise Laplante; father of Joey, Tommy and Kimberly, all at home; brother of Gordon, Tommy, Ottawa; Edward, Toronto; Donalda (Mrs. Sydney Tucker), Evelyn (Mrs. Russell Snow), Audrey (Mrs.. Frank Billings), Eileen (Mrs. Roger Lepage) and Ruth (mrs. Keith MacLennan), all of Ottawa. Resting Fred N. Garrett Funeral Home, 584 Somerset West. Service Friday, 2 p.m. in St. Luke's Anglican Church. Interment Pinecrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. (Ottawa Journal 11 Jan 1973)

 

Ships served in:

HMCS MINAS

HMCS ARNPRIOR


 

HMCS MINAS

 

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(MB01) Marshall Burns and shipmates on HMCS MINAS. Marshall leaning on Kisby ring  (MB02) Marshall Burns with ammunition belt on HMCS MINAS  (MB03) Marshall Burns sitting on minesweeping paravane on HMCS MINAS  (MB04) Marshall Burns on HMCS MINAS  (MB05) Marshall Burns on the quarterdeck of HMCS MINAS

 

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(MB06-MB09) Unknown sailor at various positions on the quarter deck of HMCS MINAS  (MB10) Marshall Burns in quarterdeck hatch to minesweeping stores on HMCS MINAS  

 

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(MB11-MB12) Marshall Burns standing on the jetty - on duty as Quartermaster of HMCS MINAS - note the lanyard attached to the pistol on his belt  (MB130MB14) Unknown sailor on the jetty - HMCS MINAS in the background  (MB15) Unknown sailor on duty as Quartermaster on the jetty beside the brow of HMCS MINAS

 

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(MB16) Marshall Burns on the jetty with his foot on the brow of HMCS MINAS  (MB17) Marshall Burns on the quarterdeck of HMCS MINAS  (MB18) Unknown sailor on duty as Quartermaster on HMCS MINAS  (MB19-MB20) Unknown vessels seen from HMCS MINAS - location unknown - possibly St. John's, NFLD

 

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(MB21) Marshall Burns on gun deck of HMCS MINAS  (MB22) Sailors doing gunnery drills on HMCS MINAS  (MB23) Unknown sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS MINAS at St. John's NFLD  (MB24) Marshall Burns on the quarterdeck of HMCS MINAS at St. John's, NFLD.  Note the ice-covered corvette in the background  (MB25) Ice-covered corvette alongside St. John's, NFLD

 

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(MB26-MB28) Gun and gun deck of HMCS MINAS iced-up at sea.  Sailor using steam hose to clear ice off the gun ... and gun deck cleared of ice

 

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HMCS MINAS being repaired after her collision with HMS LISCOMB off Halifax on 01 Feb 1943

 

(MB29) Unknown sailor sitting on the screw of HMCS MINAS in dry dock  (MB30) HMCS MINAS in dry dock  (MB31) Damage to HMCS MINAS - view from inside the seaman's mess deck  (MB32) Two sailors looking out their new window.  Damage to HMCS MINAS - looking into the seaman's mess deck.  All that remains of her pendant number is the "5" - the J16 are missing due to the damage  (MB33) Sailor looking out off the hole in the hull of the seaman's mess deck - note that the LISCOMB hit MINAS at Frame 19.

 

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HMCS MINAS being repaired after her collision with HMS LISCOMB off Halifax on 01 Feb 1943

 

(MB34) Marshall Burns sitting on the edge of the gun deck above the new entrance to the seaman's mess in HMCS MINAS  (MB35) Unknown sailor sitting above the new entrance to the seaman's mess on HMCS MINAS  (MB36-MB37)  Sailors sitting on the anchors of HMCS MINAS while she is in dry dock - note that neither sailor has any form of safety line.   

 

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(MB38) HMCS MINAS at sea - view from the ship's boat  (MB39) Unknown sailor working by the depth charge thrower on HMCS MINAS  (MB40) Ammunition on the deck of HMCS MINAS by the forward gun  (MB41) Unknown sailor doing some gun maintenance on HMCS MINSA  (MB42) Unknown sailor on duty as Quartermaster, sitting on depth charges on HMCS MINAS.  Note that a number of the depth charges have had their fuse removed

 

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(MB43-MB46) Sailors posing with the .50 Cal machine guns on HMCS MINAS  (MB44) Marshall Burns  (MB47) Twin .50 Cal machine gun mounts on HMCS MINAS

 

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(MB48) Unknown sailor sitting with the ship's mascot on HMCS MINAS  (MB49) Unknown sailor by one of the two QF 20 mm Oerlikon guns on HMCS MINAS.  These guns were later replaced by the twin .05 cal machine gun mounts  (MB50) HMCS MINAS J165

 


 

HMCS ARNPRIOR

 

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(MB51) Marshall Burns (centre) and unknown shipmates on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB52) Marshall Burns with ship's mascot on HMCS APRPRIOR  (MB53) Marshall Burns (left) with unknown shipmates on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB54) Marshall Burns (right) with unknown shipmates on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB55) Unknown sailor by the ready-use magazine on HMCS ARNPRIOR

 

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(MB56-MB59) Unknown sailors on HMCS ARNPRIOR

 

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(MB60) Marshall Burns on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB61) Unknown sailors on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB62) Marshall Burns (right) with unknown sailor on HMCS ARNPRIOR  (MB63) Unknown sailors by the forward gun on HMCS ARNPRIOR.  (note: based on their dress and the casual look of things they likely are doing gun drills alongside)

 


 

HMCS MINAS or HMCS ARNPRIOR

 

Photos taken on or from one of the two ships Marshall Burns served in.

 

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(MB64) Unknown merchant ships in the distance  (MB65-MB66) transiting an ice-field - unknown ship in the distance  (MB67) Unknown merchant ship  ()MB68) Two unknown Corvettes alongside St. John's, NFLD after a winter run

 

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(MB69) Marshall Burns with Wrens in wheelhouse  (MB70-MB71) HMCS FENNEL K194

 


 

A few random photos

 

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(MB72-MB73) Unknown sailor on guard duty - posing for a few photos  (MB74) Unknown person - appears to be taken at St. John's, NFLD  (MB75-MB76) Photos of unknown sailors taking photos

 

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(MB77) Marshall Burns  (MB78-MB79) Unknown sailors

 


 

Marshall Burns and friends on leave - touring around Ottawa, ON

 

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(MB80) Marshall Burns (left) and unidentified friends at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, ON  

 


 

Friends and Family

 

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(MB95) Marshall Burns (crouching, front, left) with unknown sailors at the train station in Moncton, NB  (MB96) Marshall Burns (standing, 1st on left) with unknown sailors at the train station in Moncton, NB  (MB97) Marshall Burns (left) with unknown friend

 

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(MB99) Marshall Burns (right) with unknown friend  (MB100) Marshall Burns  (MB101-MB102) Marshall Burns (left) with unknown friend

 

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(MB104) Marshall Burns (left) with unknown soldier  (MB105-MB106) Marshall's brother Gordon Burns

 

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(MB107-MB1109) Marshall Burns (left) with his sisters  (MB110) Marshall Burns with his mother Matilda Burns

 

Webmaster's note:  These photos were taken early in the war as Marshall is wearing an RCNVR OTTAWA cap tally and not an HMCS cap tally

 


 

A day a the beach

 

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(MB123) Marshall Burns (right)  (MB125) Marshall Burns

 

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(MB127) Marshall Burns with an "old" friend

 


 

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(MB129) Victory Bonds poster.  It's not known who the sailor is that is in the poster but he bears resemblance to Marshall Burns  (MB130) Marshall's sister Eileen and her husband Roger Legpage - 1943. Photo taken by Marshall Burns

 


 

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