Remembering John Mark Cooper
seems to be usual with veterans, my uncle didn't talk much about his
war service. The only story I remember.... Uncle John and his family,
which included my mother, emigrated from England in the early 1900's.
Over the years, he kept in contact with some of the relatives they
left behind. He once told me that he would like to return to England
to see them again. When he enlisted in the RCN, he told me that he
thought he may finally have an opportunity, on someone else's dime, to
visit England, as he had been assigned to a corvette performing convoy
escort duty. He was a Chief Petty Officer and an Engine Room Artificer
(ERA). He said that on more than one occasion they escorted convoys to
somewhere in the Atlantic, where a group of escorts from England would
pick up the convoy and take it the rest of the way to England. The
Canadian escort ships would then turn around and proceed back to
Halifax to await the next convoy. Whether they were escorting empty
ships returning to North America to be reloaded, he never mentioned.
the Strathroy received word that the convoy they were next going to
escort would proceed to Bermuda and the RCN would continue with them
to England. Here finally was his chance to get to England. The ship
eventually arrived at Bermuda only to have the war end while they were
there. All he got to experience was shore leave while in Bermuda
before they returned home. He never did get back to his birthplace.
Courtesy of David Barlow