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Eric Wellesley Boak


Surgeon-Lieutenant, RCN


Born: 29 Mar 1891, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Died: 04 Apr 1957, Victoria, British Columbia


BOAK, Eric Wellesley - He was born in Halifax, NS. He attended public school and then received his BA at McGill University and his medical degree at Queen’s University. He interned at Vancouver General Hospital, and served in the First World War as a surgeon-lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy. He had an established practice in Victoria and was a staff member of Royal Provincial Jubilee Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in British Columbia. He also served as chief medical officer of the BCCSS and president of the BC Medical Association. He married Dorothy Edsall in 1915 and had two sons. He died of a heart attack in 1957.


Ships served in:

HMCS SHEARWATER - Appointed to Shearwater 04 Sep 1914 as a Surgeon, RNCVR (seniority 04 Sep 1914) (Navy List Nov 1914).  Seniority backdated to 05 Aug 1914 (Navy List Jan 1918)

HMCS RAINBOW - Add'l For HMC DOCKYARD ESQUIMALT - Appointed to HMC Dockyard Esquimalt 01 Jul 1917 as a Surgeon, RNCVR (Navy List Mar 1918).  Appointed Surgeon-Lieutenant (seniority 05 Aug 1915) Navy List Mar 1919)

HMCS RAINBOW - Add'l for HMC DOCKYARD ESQUIMALT and R.N. COLLEGE OF CANADA - Appointed to HMC Dockyard Esquimalt and R.N. College of Canada 01 Jul 1918 as a Surg-Lt, RNCVR



Eric Boak's appointed to Surgeon, RNCVR

Courtesy of Iain Glas

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Eric Boak's appointment as Naval Medical Agent at Esquimalt

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