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Frank Belcher

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Frank Belcher, VS1585, AB

 

RCNVR Mar 1943 - Nov 1945

 

Born: 1917   Crossed the Bar: 1993

 

HMCS Beacon Hill

 

Able Seaman Frank Belcher VS1585 RCNVR March 1943 to November 1945 Of Bolton Ontario area Son of Hugh Belcher and Hazel Belcher, Toronto.

 

 Able Seaman Belcher trained at HMCS York in Toronto, Digby, Nova Scotia at HMCS Cornwallis and then to Victoria, BC with the frigate Beacon Hill. He sailed to Newfoundland to Londonderry, Ireland and was at Sea for six week periods. On two occasions the ships that replaced them were sunk by German torpedoes. He was scheduled to be trained as an officer but the war in Europe ended before the class was organized. This information was by Velma Norris Belcher (Walker)

HMCS York Naval Field Gun Crew, Aug 1943

Frank Belcher, 7th from right

Courtesy of Alan Belcher

Source: Ian MacNeill Collection, Ancestry.com

Frank and Velma (nee Norris) Belcher on their wedding day, Toronto, 18 Apr 1944

 

Courtesy of Alan Belcher

Frank and Velma Belcher on their wedding day with his paternal grandparents

Courtesy of Alan Belcher

Frank Belcher (back row 2nd from right) with Bolton Legion Branch 371 executives circa 1990

Courtesy of Alan Belcher

Portrait of Frank Belcher

 

Courtesy of Alan Belcher

 

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