In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar

 

Joseph W. Rolland

 

RCNVR

 

Born: 10 May 1921

 

Died: 05 Jan 2011, Ottawa, Ontario

 

ROLLAND, Joseph W. - RCNVR 1938 - 1945 North Atlantic Convoy Duty CN Express 1945 - 1977 - Peacefully at the Pearly Rideau Veterans Health Centre on Wednesday, January 05, 2011. Joseph Rolland aged 89. Husband of Hazel Rolland. Dear father of Doreen (Tom Hardiman), Donald (Sandra Rolland), Joanne McCallum and Judi (Sheldon Straby). Beloved grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Dear brother of Gerard. Predeceased by sisters Anita, Yolande, Fernande, Adrienne, Patricia and brothers Romuald and Edgar. Friends are invited to visit the St. Laurent Chapel of Hulse Playfair & McGarry, 1200 Ogilvie Road (at Aviation Parkway), Ottawa, on Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment at Ramsayville Cemetery, Ramsayville at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart Institute would be appreciated. (The Ottawa Citizen 07 Jan 2011)

 

Ships served in:

HMCS STADACONA (Depot Ship Halifax), for NSHQ OTTAWA - Enlisted 21 Sep 1939

OTTAWA DIVISION RCNVR - 01 Dec 1940 - 19 Nov 1940 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS VENTURE - Served in Venture 31 Jan 1941 - 30 Apr 1942 as an A/AB, RCNVR

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 23 May 1942 - 26 May 1942 (3 days) as an A/AB, RCNVR.  AB Rolland was drafted to Assiniboine, but when he joined her after she returned from sea, she was in need of repair, so he was drafted to HMCS SACKVILLE

HMCS SACKVILLE - Served in Sackville 27 May 1942 - 06 Mar 1943 as an A/AB and AB, RCNVR. Rated AB 21 Sep 1942

HMCS GIVENCHY (Depot ship Esquimalt) - Served in Givenchy 29 May 1943 - 30 Aug 1943 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS PRINCE RUPERT - Served in Prince Rupert 31 Aug 1943 - 27 Apr 1944 as an AB, RCNVR. Commissioning crew

HMCS FENNEL - Served in Fennel 25 Aug 1944 - 05 Jun 1945

HMCS DONNACONA - Served in Donnacona 05 Jul 1945 - 07 Aug 1945. Demobilized 07 Aug 1945

 


 

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(JR01-JR02) Joe Rolland  (JR03) Hazel and Joe Rolland  (JR04) Joe Rolland "home from England on the Ile de France"

 

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(JR05-JR06) Joe Rolland's Naval Training and Active Service Record  (JR07) Article on "the art of Windjamming" - 1938.  L-R: Rolland, Gerard, Young, Richardson  (JR08) Article on Joe and his brother returning to Halifax and of Joe's mother and sister visiting.

 

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(JR09-JR11) Article on Joe Rolland's wartime service in the RCNVR

From "Action Stations" - HMCS SACKVILLE (Canadian Naval Memorial Trust) newsletter - Mar 1984

 


 

HMCS SACKVILLE

 

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(JR12) SS Belgian Soldier torpedoed and sunk by U-607 on 04 Aug 1942. Photo taken from HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR13-JR14) Survivor of SS BELGIAN SOLDIER.  He was knocked out by the blast, woke up alone and lowered himself into a lifeboat  (JR15) Unidentified submarine and corvette outboard of HMCS COWICHAN J146  (JR16) Either raising or lowering Sackville's workboat

 

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(JR17) Joe Rolland on HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR18) SACKVILLE crew members playing ball on the jetty  (JR19) Closed up at action stations. U-boat contacted.  Waiting for action  (JR20) Joe Rolland (with X over his head) and shipmates on HMCS SACKVILLE  32 hour action against 3 subs with an "unofficial" fourth sub sighted. Captain Easton has ordered the crew to sleep with their clothes on  (JR21) Sailors on HMCS SACKVILLE

 

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(JR22) Sailors on the fo'c's'le of HMCS SACKVILLE at St. John's, NFLD.  HMCS AVALON II in the background  (JR23) Sailors on the quarterdeck of HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR24) Sailors on HMCS SACKVILLE looking at convoy on the horizon  (JR25) One of SACKVILLE'S CPO with Joe Rolland in background on right  (JR26 ) Sailors on HMCS SACKVILLE. Ken Medford front, left

 

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(JR27) Joe Rolland on HMCS SACKVILLE  (J28) HMCS SACKVILLE icing up at sea  (JR29-JR31) One of SACKVILLE'S CPOs

 

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(JR32) HMCS SACKVILLE awash in rough seas  (JR33) Joe Rolland in centre  (JR34) Unknown sailor in crow's nest on HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR35) Sailors on the quarterdeck on HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR36) Unknown sailor washing down the decks on HMCS SACKVILLE

 

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(JR37) Joe Rolland on HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR38) Sailors heading up to the gun deck on HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR39) Painting ship at sea on HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR40) Joe Rolland (left)  (JR41) Work party on HMCS SACKVILLE

 

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(JR42) HMCS SACKVILLE Christmas card  (JR43) HMCS SACKVILLE K181  (JR44) Joe Rolland (right) and Bess  (JR45) Joe Rolland  (JR46) Ranson, Hickscock, Laviolette

 

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(JR47) Joe Rolland (left) and McCoon  on HMCS SACKVILLE  (JR48) HMCS SACKVILLE - "some of the crew"  (JR49) HMCS SACKVILLE - "some of the crew". Joe Rolland with "X"

 

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(JR50) Bob Laderoute  (JR51) Kelly  (JR52) Capatula  (JR53) McPherson

(Note: above 4 sailors believed to be crew of HMCS SACKVILLE)

 

(JR54) Sailors on HMCS SACKVILLE

circa Apr 1942 - Mar 1943

 

Standing L-R:  Hick, Steve, Saunders, Harry, Dick, Cra..., Morris, Ciguer..., Rolland, Donsell, McLean, Medford

 


 

HMCS FENNEL

 

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(JR55) Joe Rolland onboard HMCS FENNEL  (JR56) Joe Rolland (kneeling) and McShane chipping ice off anchor chains on HMCS FENNEL - 1945  (JR57) HMCS FENNEL K194 in drydock  (JR58) HMCS FENNEL K194  (JR59) "Leading Seamen on watch" as Lookouts on HMCS FENNEL - Cartier (on left)

 

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(JR60) Lt Johnston, CO of HMCS FENNEL  (JR61-JR62)  60 survivors of HMCS CLAYOQUOT being landed from HMCS FENNEL  (JR63) Article on the sinking of HMCS CLAYOQUOT off Halifax and the rescue of her crew by HMCS FENNEL.  Joe Rolland was serving in HMCS FENNEL at the time.  (JR64) "Leaving Londonderry" - Red Watch ready to close up aboard HMCS Fennel leaving Ireland. Note the artwork on the bridge face.

 


 

Photos taken on or from HMCS SACKVILLE K181 or HMCS FENNEL K194

 

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(JR65) Unknown sailor in the after gun tub  (JR66) Unknown sailor on the fo'c's'le with HMCS WETASKIWIN in the background  (JR67) Unknown sailors  (JR68) Convoy on the horizon  (JR69) Unknown sailor between the depth charge rails and depth charges lined up on the deck for quick reloading into the rails.

 

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(JR70) Rolland and Jackson  (JR71) Convoy heading out to sea  (JR72) L-R: HMCS SHERBROOKE K152, HMCS LETHBRIDGE K160, HMCS SHEDIAC K110  (JR73) Unknown sailor on unknown corvette with a destroyer inboard  (JR74) Refueling at sea - Stern fueling

 

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(JR75) Crew by AA gun

 


 

HMCS PRINCE RUPERT

 

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(JR76-JR77) Believed to be the commissioning of HMCS PRINCE RUPERT

 

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(JR78) "Taken from crow's nest HMCS PRINCE RUPERT  (JR79) Quarterdeck of HMCS PRINCE RUPERT in heavy seas  (JR80) Forward gun mount on HMCS PRINCE RUPERT  (JR81) Sailors by after gun on HMCS PRINCE RUPERT  (JR82) HMCS PRINCE RUPERT

 

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(JR83) Rescuing of survivors from U-575. USN destroyer upper left of photo.  HMCS PRINCE RUPERT right had side with the lines for the ship's boat hanging down  (JR84) HMCS PRINCE RUPERT rescuing German sailors. The black spots in water are the German sailors (JR85)   Names of German sailors rescued by HMCS PRINCE RUPERT  (JR86) Article on HMCS PRINCE RUPERT's battle with U-575  (JR87) Admiral Taylor on bridge of HMCS PRINCE RUPERT in St. John's after action against U-575

 


 

(JR88) HMCS PRINCE RUPERT K324

Commissioning Crew

Esquimalt, BC - 30 Aug 1944

 

This photo is also posted on the ships company photo page for HMCS PRINCE RUPERT with sailors numbered for identification

 


 

(JR89) Part of the crew of HMCS PRINCE RUPERT on the quarterdeck

 

This photo is also posted on the ships company photo page for HMCS PRINCE RUPERT with sailors numbered for identification

 


 

Photos ashore, on, of and from various ships

 

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(JR91) Scrubbing hammocks  (JR92) "Quarterdeck of HMCS SKEENA  (JR93) Joe Rolland (right)

 

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(JR94) Oerlikon, Anti-Aircraft gun  (JR95) "The Lookout"  (JR96) Boat Drills  (JR97) Frank Boileau, HMCS SANKATY  (JR98) Christmas dinner on HMCS SANKATY

 

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(JR99-JR100) Joe Rolland on lookout duty  (JR101) Convoy leaving Halifax  (JR103) "Haircut navy style"

 

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(JR104-JR105) Gun shoot on unknown ship  (JR106) Pat, Joe Rolland and ?? at HMCS NIOBE, Greenock, Scotland

 


 

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(JR107) HMCS MATAPEDIA K112  (JR108) HMCS SASKATCHEWAN H70  (JR109) HMCS SIOUX  (JR110) HMCS GALT K163 (foreground)

 

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(JR111) Possibly a Bangor Class Minesweeper  (JR112) D-Day - taken from the deck of an unknown ship  (JR113) HMS COSSACK

 


 

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