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Photos and Documents from the Collection of

Robert (Bob) Elwood Pearson, ASDIC operator

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Robert (Bob) Elwood Pearson, V-37150, ASDIC Operators

 

Born: 20 Feb 1921   Crossed the Bar: 03 Mar 2016

 

RCNVR - 13 May 1942 - 31 October 1945

 

HMCS Lockeport J100, HMCS Swansea K328

 

Robert (Bob) Elwood Pearson was born in Vancouver on 21 Feb 1921. Bob had been working as a salesman for a Vancouver firm, George H Hewitt Company when the war broke out. He joined the RCNVR at HMCS Discovery on 13 May 1942. After training, Bob was assigned to HMCS Lockporte J100.  HMCS Lockeporte operated out of Esquimalt for a short period before transferring to Halifax.  After arrival in Halifax, Bob was sent back to Esquimalt, assigned to HMCS Swansea K328. He was on her from the time she was launched, all through her trials and through the convoy work on the Atlantic up until the end of the European conflict. He served as an Able Seaman and Asdic operator throughout the period where she helped sink four enemy submarines. It was his job to listen for subs and when one was pinpointed they would turn over the controls to the Asdic Officer. At that point his action station was on one of the guns. Bob was discharged on 31 October 1945 and returned to his former job, and worked there until his retirement in 1982, as General Manager of the firm.  He and his wife Sybil moved to North Vancouver in 1949. Bob crossed the bar on 03 Mar 2016.

 

Courtesy of Howard Grant

Certificate of Service for Robert Elwood Pearson

Courtesy of Howard Grant

Naval Training and Active Record for Robert Elwood Pearson

Courtesy of Howard Grant

Robert (Bob) Pearson in Halifax

From the collection of  Robert Pearson

Courtesy of Howard Grant

Chocolate Lake, Halifax, NS

Photographer: Robert Pearson

Courtesy of Howard Grant

Robert (Bob) Pearson in front

From the collection of  Robert Pearson

Courtesy of Howard Grant

Robert Pearson with his girl Sybil Taylor who became Mrs. Pearson in late 1945.  Robert had this photo with him on board ship throughout the entire war thus the tattered look.

From the collection of  Robert Pearson

Courtesy of Howard Grant

Envelope from a letter from Robert Pearson to his girl Sybil Taylor

Note the censor's stamp.

From the collection of  Robert Pearson

Courtesy of Howard Grant

 

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