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Photos and Documents from the Collection of

Wilfred Orville Bowen

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Wilfred Orville Bowen

 

RCNVR - 21 Apr 1944 - 14 Feb 1946

 

Crossed the Bar: 10 Jun 2009

 

HMCS Chicoutimi  - 02 Mar 1945 - 08 Mar 1945  (seamanship / gunnery training at HMCS Cornwallis)

 

HMS Towy  - 26 May 1945 - 21 Jun 1945

 

Tug Clifton W36 (02 Aug 1945 - 31 Aug 1945)

Naval Training and Active Service record for Wilfred Bowen

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

Orville & Merton Bowen at a portrait studio in Ottawa

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

Eldon Climer & Orville Bowen

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

HMS Towy K294

 

     

 

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

HMS Towy K294

 

The Towy went out to Sable Island to tow a ship that was stuck in a sand bar. On the way, she hit a storm and the entire ship was iced up.

 

              

 

(1) HMS Towy K294 ice-up   (2) "My Harbour Station"   (3) "This is me and don't laugh I was damned near frozen"   (4) "Here you see the steps I was on. The two black streaks are the bars, without the ice."   (5) "That's me chipping ice"   (6) HMS Towy's Signalman

 

Wilfred Bowen on HMS Towy K294

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

Here is a few of the crew, they are all the boys from up forward in my mess. Can you find me?

 

 Johnny Moffat,  Bill Jackson,  Eugene Stephenson,  Bill "Boogy" Cook,  Harry Baber,  Bill Graham,  Art Evans,  J. Jones,  I. Williams,  J. Watts,  G.A. Bedard,  Calour "Cab", Dave "Flin Flon",  Walden,  Brownlee "Brownie",  C. Loy

 

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

 

Webmaster's note: Believed to be crew members of HMS Towy K294

"The Boys" - ship unknown

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Floyd Heide on the bridge - ship unknown

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Wilfred Bowen on an unknown ship

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

        

 

(1) Mrs. Ritchie with her two youngest daughters  (2) Isabel & Betty Ritchie, the two elder Ritchie daughters  (3) Mrs. Ritchie  (4) Isabel & Betty Ritchie with a friend, shopping in Glasgow

 

When he was in Glasgow, Pappa stayed with the Ritchie family. The first night he had supper with them, he was really excited to see canned prunes for dessert and ate them all. Mr. Ritchie told him they were rationed and Pappa felt terrible. Later, in the cover of darkness, he "liberated" some supplies from the ship's galley, namely white sugar, carob powder for "kai" and other hard to come by items. He was forgiven.

Unknown merchant ship burning / sinking

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

Postcard of the battleship HMS Nelson

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

Donald, Bruce and Stewart Bowen

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

Bruce Hamilton  Bowen

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The Bowen clan--Merton, Orville & Bruce (standing); George and Bob (seated in middle row); Helen, Barbara & Stewart (seated in front)

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Bruce and Orville Bowen

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Bruce Bowen & Eric Pitcher

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Unknown lady on the left, Bruce Bowen & Doris (Tootsie)

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Unknown gentleman on the left, Merton & Bruce Bowen

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Bob, Merton & Barbara Bowen

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Bruce, Deltrie & Orville Bowen

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Merton, Deltrie & Bruce Bowen

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Barbara, Merton & Helen Bowen

Courtesy of Abbie Gourgon

 

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