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Photos and Documents from the Collection of

Ernest George Crewe, Telegraphist, RCN

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Ernest George Crewe, 3964-E, Telegraphist

 

Born: 04 Nov 1922   Crossed the Bar: 06 Mar 2014

 

RCN: 16 Sep 1940 - 04 Nov 1947

 

HMCS Quinte (29 Aug 1941 - 07 Dec 42),  HMS Witherington (1942-1943),  HMCS Bellechasse (1943-1944),  HMS Campania (1945),  HMCS Warrior (1946-1947)

 

 Admiral's Yacht (for Admiral Mainguy, RCN while on HMCS Warrior), HMCS Rockcliffe (1947)

 

George was interviewed by Anne Gafiuk between 2012 and 2014. The six links below are Anne's interviews with George; shared here for posterity's sake.

 

2nd photo: George Crewe shows his old Bosun's Call while being interviewed by Anne Gafiuk

 

Background Information     World War II Navy Experiences     More Tales from a Terra Firma Tar - Pt 1

 

More Tales from a Terra Frima Tar - Pt II     People George Knew     Crossing the Bar

Medals for Ernest George Crewe


ID Card for Ernest George Crew, 3964-E, Telegraphist, RCN

 

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

Certificate of Service for Ernest George Crew, 3964-E, Telegraphist, RCN

 

        

 

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

Wireless History Sheet - Examination Record Ernest George Crew, 3964-E, Telegraphist, RCN

 

        

 

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

A collector's plate detailing George's career in the RCN, listing ships and shore stations

Courtesy of Anne Gafiuk

"Sailors are a superstitious lot" says George

This is George's medicine bag which he received from an Indian in Lethbridge, Alberta. He always wore it and believed it is the reason why he came back.

Courtesy of Anne Gafiuk

During the war George met a man in Lunenburg who made models of ships. George got his address and told him if he survives the war, he will get him to build on for him. After the war, George contact him and received what is now one of his prized possessions - a model of the Bluenose.

Courtesy of Anne Gafiuk


George's duffel bag from his time in the RCN

When you got drafted from unit to unit, this is where you kept everything you owned

Courtesy of Anne Gafiuk

George's pusser issued knife. A sailor would never be found without his knife handy

Courtesy of Anne Gafiuk

George's Wireless Operator's course at HMCS Naden

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

 

George Crewe - 2nd row, 2nd from right; Collin A. Miller - 2nd row, 1st on left

Two unknown sailors in Victoria, BC

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

Two unknown sailors in Victoria, BC

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

George Crewe (left) and 3 friends in Victoria, Jul 1941

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

Unknown ship in the graving dock at Esquimalt - 1941

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

George Crewe (right) and friend on the "Kelpy", 1941

Kelpy, CC 3681, VEO 888

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

HMS Lincoln G42 - date and location unknown

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

The oilskin jacket and sou'wester that was worn by George Crewe when he was on ship

 

The oilskin and sou'wester were donated to HMCS Sackville, the last corvette though the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust and and is now on display on the Sackville.

 

Click here to see the display

These photos are from George Crewe collection. They were not attached to any album page and there is no marking to indicate who they are or what ship they were on - with the exception of photo 4 which is Boy Miller but ship or base is unknown.

 

           

 

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

"Part of the Course" written on back of photo

Courtesy of Catherine Crewe

 

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