In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Robert James Kelly


Submarine Detector, V31619, RCNVR


Born: 13 Nov 1924, Chatham, Ontario


Died: 17 Feb 1987, Chatham, Ontario


KELLY, Robert James - 62 years of age, a resident of 100 Poplar Street, Chatham, passed away at the Public General Hospital on Tuesday February 17, 1987. Mr. Kelly served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Dear brother of Jack Kelly of Chatham, George McDade of London, Mrs. Henry (Ruth) Missinne of Kent Bridge and Mrs. Andy (Mary Lou) Elliott of Simcoe. Predeceased by one sister Margaret Rowden. A funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of the Alexander Funeral Home, 245 Wellington St. West on Friday February 20th, 1987 at 1:30 p.m. with Lieutenant Dennis Brown of The Chatham Corps. of the Salvation Army officiating. Interment Maple Leaf Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. (Chatham Daily News, February 20, 1987)


Ships served in:

HMCS HUNTER - Enlisted 18 Jun 1942. Commenced Active Service 18 Jun 1942

HMCS CHARNY - Served in CHARNY 01 Nov 1942 - 13 Nov 1942 while in training at HMCS CORNWALLIS as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated Acting Submarine Detector 17 Dec 1942

HMCS BATTLEFORD - Served in BATTLEFORD 09 Jan 1943 - 30 May 1943 as an OS A/SD, RCNVR

* Rated Submarine Detector 13 Jul 1943

HMCS COLUMBIA - Served in COLUMBIA 26 Aug 1943 - 30 May 1944 as an AB SD, RCNVR

HMCS BARRIE - Served in BARRIE 01 Jul 1944 - 17 Feb 1945 as an AB SD, RCNVR

HMCS AVALON - Served in AVALON 18 Feb 1945 - 19 Aug 1945 as an AB SD, RCNVR

HMCS BELLEVILLE - Loaned to BELLEVILLE 03 May 1945 - 06 Jun 1945 as an AB SD, RCNVR while serving in HMCS AVALON

HMCS HUNTER - Served in HUNTER 20 Aug 1945 - 13 Nov 1945 as an AB SD, RCNVR. Demobilized 13 Nov 1945




(RK01) Portrait of Robert Kelly

(RK02) Robert Kelly on the stoop of his mother's house prior to deployment



(RK03) Course photo for Fleet Air Arm Air Mechanics somewhere in England

Photo printed at Fred Ash Studios, 92 Bold St, Liverpool, England

back of photo







(RK04-RK05) Attestation form for men of the RCNVR

(RK06-RK08) Certificate of Service - pages 1 - 3





(RK09-RK10) Record of Service

(RK11) Medals awarded






(RK12-RK15) Life story of Robert James Kelly


Courtesy of Dan Kelly



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