For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

Photos and Documents from the Collection of

Glendon Austin Oliver

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Glendon Austin Oliver, RCNVR

 

Born: 12 Aug 1925   Crossed the Bar: 18 Jun 1995

 

HMCS Joliette K418

 

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

HMS Hydrangea K39 with unknown ship in foreground

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

"The Georgie, 1943"

A dance in Glasgow

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver


Glendon Austin Oliver G1256

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Chick and I (Glendon Oliver) at training centre in Fredericton, NB

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

A postcard from Bermuda

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

 

In Memory of HMS Jervis Bay

 

"Memorial service at sea at the spot where she was sunk"

 

Photos of a memorial service held on board the Armed Merchant Ship Moltair for the officers and men who were lost in the sinking of HMS Jervis Bay.

 

HMS Jervis Bay was an armed merchant cruiser and was the sole escort for the 38 ship Convoy HX-84 from Halifax to the UK. On 5 Nov 1940, the convoy encountered the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer.  Hopelessly outgunned, Captain Fegen of the Jervis Bay gave the order for the convoy to scatter, and the Jervis Bay attacked the Admiral Scheer in order to give time for the convoy to escape. Captain Fegen went down with the Jervis Bay and three days later 68 survivors of her crew of 254 were picked up by a neutral Swedish ship Stureholm. Three of the survivors later died of their injuries. The sacrifice of made by the Jervis Bay and her crew allowed the convoy time to escape and Admiral Scheer managed to sink only 5 merchant ships.

 

Captain Fegen was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross as a result of this action. The citation for his award reads: "for valour in challenging hopeless odds and giving his life to save the many ships it was his duty to protect. On the 5th of November, 1940, in heavy seas, Captain Fegen, in His Majesty's Armed Merchant Cruiser Jervis Bay, was escorting thirty-eight Merchantmen. Sighting a powerful German warship he at once drew clear of the Convoy, made straight for the Enemy, and brought his ship between the Raider and her prey, so that they might scatter and escape. Crippled, in flames, unable to reply, for nearly an hour the Jervis Bay held the German's fire. So she went down: but of the Merchantmen all but four or five were saved."

 

        

 

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

St. John's, NFLD

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Fishing Schooner out of St. John's, NFLD

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

"Our escort in the race"

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

"Our Escort"

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

An old 4-stracker

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

Ships heading down the Clyde

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver



Postcards from Edinburgh

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

A postcard from Bermuda

From the collection of Glendon Oliver

Courtesy of Keith Oliver

 

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