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HMCS PRINCE HENRY

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Infantrymen of the 1st Battalion, The Canadian Scottish Regiment, at prayer before boarding a Landing Craft Assault (LCA) to go ashore from HMCS Prince Henry off the Normandy beachhead, France, 06 Jun 1944.

Source: PO Dennis Sullivan / Canada. Dept. of National Defence

 Library and Archives Canada / PA-136045

Infantrymen of the 1st Battalion, The Canadian Scottish Regiment, about to board a LCA to go ashore from HMCS Prince Henry off the Normandy beachhead, France, 06 Jun 1944.

Survivors of a capsized Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) being helped aboard HMCS Prince Henry off the Normandy beachhead, France, 06 Jun 1944

Source: PO Dennis Sullivan / Canada. Dept. of National Defence

Library and Archives Canada / PA-132788

(L-R) Able Seamen E. Westwood and W. McIver manning No.9 Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun aboard HMCS Prince Henry off the Normandy beachhead, France, 06 Jun 1944

Source: PO Dennis Sullivan / Canada. Dept. of National Defence

Library and Archives Canada / PA-132793

Eight men from Ontario onboard HMCS Prince Henry before the invasion of Southern France

Source: City of Kawartha Lakes digital archives

HMCS Prince Henry, May 1944, Southampton, England

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Sailors from HMCS Prince Henry ashore in Rome

Crow's Nest newspaper - Dec 1944

Sailors from HMCS Prince Henry ashore in Rome

 

PO H. Baker, LS Paul Laflamme and PO Stutz Leinweber

 

Crow's Nest newspaper - Dec 1944

CPO Whitney (Joe) Firkens award D.S.M.

The Daily Colonist, Victoria, BC, 28 Jan 1945

Courtesy of Frank Statham

AB Sherman Jordan's Crossing the Line Certificate, HMCS Prince Henry, 02 Mar 1941

From the collection of Sherman Jordan

Courtesy of Michael Jordan

LCA from HMCS Prince Henry evacuates Greek soldiers during the country's civil war

Crow's Nest Newspaper - Mar 1945

AB Sherman Jordan on leave

From the collection of Sherman Jordan

Courtesy of Michael Jordan

Sherman Jordan - Laundry Day on HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Sherman Jordan

Courtesy of Michael Jordan

Sherman Jordan (right) and shipmate, HMCS Prince Herny

From the collection of Sherman Jordan

Courtesy of Michael Jordan

Gordon Wilson Herdery being awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French Government.

Original source unknown

Landing craft on HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Bernard (Barney) Dunphy on one of Prince Henry's 6-inch guns

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Bernard (Barney) Dunphy (right) with shipmate on one of Prince Henry's 6-inch guns

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Sailors on HMCS Prince Henry - Bernard (Barney) Dunphy, back row, 1st on left

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Unknown sailors on HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Bernard (Barney) Dunphy and shipmate enjoying a couple of cigars on HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Davits and landing craft on HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Davits and landing craft on HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Unknown sailors on HMCS Prince Henry

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

Sailors in one of Prince Henry's landing craft

From the collection of Bernard Dunphy

Courtesy of Kerry Dunphy

 

 

Peesta - a German "sailor" who escaped internment by transferring to the RCN during WW2

 

This story is from the Clyde River, PEI blog and has been reposted here with the kind permission of Vivian Beer.  Vivian's father, John Beer, served in HMCS Prince Henry

 

As a follow-up to the story “John Beer’s Adventure off Peru during WWII“, I recently connected with the daughter of Charles Reginald Boggs, from Halifax, who was also serving on the Prince Henry at that same time in April 1941. Diane came upon my story here, and she recalled her father’s comments about the day of the burning and sinking of the two German ships. In fact, he recorded a bit of the action with his personal movie camera on 16mm film, as the crew and officers captured and took aboard the Germans from their escaping lifeboats.

 

Diane recalls from viewing the film that the Canadians treated the Germans well as they brought them onboard, handing them blankets, hot drinks and cigarettes. Hopefully, the Canadian Military Archives will soon be converting the reel to digital and putting it online.

 

Also among Reginald Boggs’ naval memorabilia was a news clipping of Messdeck News, a column in a Halifax newspaper during the war, written by Annie Coade (aka Jessie Coade). She provided the public with her own interesting naval journalism. The clipping from November 8th, 1941, features a photo of a German Shepherd dog and his new master Lieutenant W. Gage. My father also had a photo of a German Shepherd in his collection of photos. Well, we were able to solve the mystery of why this dog was on the ship. Here is an excerpt from the transcribed clipping:

 

Photo of Peetsa and Lieutenant W. Gage from Messdeck News (top photo on left)     John Beer’s photo of Peetsa (bottom photo on left)

 

Surpassing in news importance the old “man bites dog” tale is the story of a native of Germany who not only had the run of a Canadian ship, but is the special pal of every officer and man on board. The “German” is a police dog call Peetsa who was captured along with the crew of an enemy freighter and the only one of the company to escape internment.

 

Peetsa was the mascot of the freighter “Hermonthis” out of Hamburg, which with three other ships of her type were lying in the harbour of Callao, seaport of Lima, Peru. A Canadian ship had a veritable “field day” when the enemy ships tried to escape the harbour, and after much excitement, a lifeboat filled with prisoners gave over its crew. Peetsa, a scared little puppy was the last aboard and, at the risk of his life, Able Seaman Ed Suffern managed to get him on board via a garbage pail.

 

An enemy Captain, bound for an interment camp, asked that his dog be taken care of. A dog of any country is still a dog, so the pup became mascot of the Royal Canadian Navy.

 

Not long after when the ship was at a Canadian port, she was compared to the famous dog called Rin-tin-tin. An extraordinary chapter in the life of Peetsa brings forth the fact that she was born in Peru and her seven “babies” saw daylight when the ship touched Peru again for the first time since her arrival on board! A twenty-hour stoppage at that.

 

Peetsa shows her appreciation to the Canadians who adopted her by showing off a clever trick when asked – and by formally taking care of a white kitten that belonged to one of the messes. In the trick, her foster master Lieutenant William Gage places a package of cigarettes high on a shelf in the wardroom.

 

Peetsa is nonchalantly curled up in her chair. Suddenly Lt. Gage snaps “roust” and, in a flash, Peetsa is up over the obstacles and brings the packet, unharmed, back to her trainer. She has earned her spot on board.

 

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