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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Photos and Documents from the Collection of

James Thorpe Friend

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James Thorpe Friend, Tel, RCNVR, V52131

 

Born: 24 Feb 1917   Killed in Action: 11 Apr 1945

 

HMCS Discovery

 

HMCS York

 

HMCS Ettrick - 29 Jan 1944 - 08 Mar 1944

 

HMCS Orkney - 19 Apr 1944 - 12 Feb 1945

 

HMCS La Hulloise - 13 Feb 1945 - 18 Feb 1945

 

HMCS Strathadam - 19 Feb 1945 - Killed in action 11 Apr 1945

Service Documents for James Thorpe Friend, Tel, RCNVR, V52131

 

     

 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Aircraft carrier HMS Trouncer in Esquimalt circa 1944

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Newspaper article on casualties from HMCS Strathadam

From the Vancouver Daily Province, Sat, 09 Jun 1945

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Telegram informing Beatrice Friend that her husband, James Friend, was killed in  action

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Letter informing Beatrice Friend that her husband was buried at Belfast, Northern Ireland

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Letter from Lt Donald C. Miller, Group Signals Officer, to Beatrice Friend about the loss of her husband, James Friend

 

           

 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Letter from Lt Nelson Jules Castonguay, RCNVR, 1st Lt, HMCS Orkney to Beatrice Friend expressing sympathies on behalf of the crew of HMCS Orkney and informing her that the crew of HMCS Orkney took up a collection and used their canteen fund as well to purchase a $1000 war bond in the name of their daughter Barbara to go towards her future.

 

  

 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

Letter from Lt (S) David Standfield, RCNVR, HMCS Orkney to Beatrice Friend with a cheque for $538 from the surplus canteen funds of HMCS Orkney (as she is being paid off) in memory of her husband, James Friend, who was killed on HMCS Strathadam.

 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

B.C. Electric Employee's Magazine - May 1945

 

The page highlighted in blue contains a write-up on James Friend

 

                    

 

                    

 

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

 

Graves of three of our shipmates who were killed on HMCS Strathadam, 11 Apr 1945, when a hedgehog exploded during the attack on U-1302

Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Graves of Dennis McEwan, Jimmy Friend, Clifford Purdy

 

From the collection of Marcel Chasse (HMCS Orkney K448)

Courtesy of Robert Chasse

 

  

 

In 2015, James Friend's daughter, Barbara Hamlin, visited her father's grave. This photo shows the Belfast City Cemetery 70 years later. Photo taken 13 Aug 2015

Courtesy of Barbara Hamlin

 

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