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WW2

The Canadian Navy

By Brian Lee Massey

At the outbreak of World War II the Canadian Navy was in a sorry state of affars; its entire strength consisting of a mere 13 ships and some 3500 personnel including reserves. After initiating a rapid expansion program the Navy by the end of the war would be the third largest in the world with over 900 ships. The majority of the Canadian Navy was to be engaged in what has become known as the battle of the Atlantic, Fighting off German U-boats to protect the convoys of ships which were so vital to the survival of Britian. The role of the Canadian Navy in World War II was of the utmost importance and its significance in the achievement of victory for the allies can not be exaggerated. The cost of victory was however to be a high one with 24 ships lost and the deaths of 2024 Canadian sailors.

The following is a partial list of ships witch served in the Canadian Navy in World War II.

Aircraft Carriers Corvettes Destroyers
Nabob Agassiz Saguenay
Puncher Alberni Fraser
  Algoma Skeena
Frigates Amherst Ottawa
Beacon Hill Arnprior Gatineau
Cap de la Madeleine Arrowhead Assiniboine
Cape Breton Arvida Annapolis
Charlottetown 2nd Asbestos Athabaskan
Chebogue Atholl Algonquin
Dunver Baddek Chaudiere
Eastview Barrie Columbia
Grou Battleford Margaree
Joliette Beauharnois Iroquois
Jonquiere Belleville St. Laurent
Kirkland Lake Bittersweet St. Clair
Kokanee Bowmanville St. Croix
La Hulloise Brandon St. Francis
Longueuil Brantford Sioux
Magog Buctouche Restigouche
Matane Calgary Hamilton
Montreal Camrose Haida
New Glasgow Chambly Huron
New Waterford Charlottetown Kootenay
Orkney Chicoutimi Ottawa 2nd
Outremont Chilliwack Niagara
Port Colborne Cobalt Buxton
Prince Rupert Cobourg Qu Appelle
St. Catharines Collingwood Saskatachewan
St. John Copper Cliff  
Springhill Dauphin Minesweepers
Stettler Dawson Alder Lake
Stormont Drumheller Ash Lake
Swansea Dundas Bayfield
Thetford Mines Dunvegan Beech Lake
Valleyfield Edmundston Bellechasse
Waskesiu Eyebright Birch Lake
Wentworth Fennel Blairmore
Antigonish Fergus Border Cities
Buckinham Forest Hill Brockville
Capalano Fredericton Burlington
Carlplace Frontenac Canso
Coaticook Galt Caraquet
Fort Erie Giffard Cedar Lake
Glace Bay Guelph Chedabucto
Hallowell Halifax Cherry Lake
Inch Arran Hawkesbury Chignecto
Lanark Hepatica Clayoquot
Lasalle Hespeler Coquitlam
Lauson Humberstone Courtenay
Levis 2nd Huntsville Cowichan
Penetang Kamloops Cranbrook
Poundmaker Kamsack Daerwood
Prestonian Kenogami Digby
Royalmount Kincardine Drummondville
Runnymede Kitchener Elm Lake
St. Pierre Lachute Esquimalt
St. Stephen La Malbaie Fir Lake
Ste. Therese Leaside Fort Frances
Sea Cliff Lethbridge Fort William
Stone Town Levis Gananoque
Strathadam Lindsay Georgian
Sussexvale Long Branch Geysborough
Toronto Louisburg Goderich
Victoriaville Louisburg 2nd Granby
Annan Lunenburg Grandmere
Ettrick Matapedia Hickory Lake
Meon Mayflower Ingonish
Monnow Merrittonia Kalamalka
Nene Midland Kapuskasing
Ribble Mimico Kelowna
Teme Moncton Kenora
Loch Achanalt Moose Jaw Kentville
Loch Alive Morden Lachine
Loch Morlich Nanaimo Larch Lake
  Napanee Lavallee
Anti-submarine Trawlers New Westminster Llewellyn
Norsyd Lloyd George
North Bay Lockeport
Anticosti Oakville Mahone
Baffin Orangeville Malpeque
Cailiff Orillia Maple Lake
Ironbound Owen Sound Medicine Hat
Liscomb Parry Sound Melville
Magdalen Peterborough Middlesex
Manitoulin Petrolia Milltown
Miscou Port Arthur Minas
  Pictou Miramichi
Armed Merchant Cruisers Prescott Mulgrave
Quesnel New Liskeard
Regina Noranda
Prince Robert Rimouski Nipigon
Prince David Riviere du Loup Oak Lake
Prince Henry Rosthern Oshawa
  Sackville Outarde
Cruisers Saskatoon Pine Lake
Uganda Shawinigan Poplar Lake
Ontario Shediac Portage
  Sherbrooke Port Hope
Smiths Falls Quatsino
Snowberry Quinte
Sorel Red Deer
Spikenard Revelstoke
Stellarton Rockcliffe
St. Lambert Rossland
St. Thomas Sarnia
Strathroy Sault Ste. Marie
Sudbury Spruce Lake
Summerside St. Boniface
The Pas St. Joseph
Thorlock Stratford
Tillsonburg Swift Current
Timmins Thunder
Trail Transcona
Trentonian Trois-Rivieres
Trillium Truro
Vancouver Ungava
Ville de Quebec Wallaceburg
West York Vegreville
Wetaskiwin Westmount
Weyburn Wasaga
Whitby Willow Lake
Windflower Winnipeg
Woodstock  

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For those seeking military ancestors in Canada, Ancestry.com has some really great (and obscure!) records that I bet not many genealogists are aware of. I recently found some great information on a few of my ancestors in thees databases. The one that thrilled me the most was a record for my 3rd great grandfather John Greenlees. I found him recorded as 

Name: John Greenless Age: 23
Birth Date: abt 1782 Birth Place: Fermanagh [Ireland]
Military Date: 7 May 1805 Unit: 54th Foot Soldiers
The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Class Number: WO 25; Class Title: 54 Foot; Piece Number: 420; Piece Title: 54 Foot.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. 

This record gave his height, hair and eye colour and more! Here is the complete list of Canadian (and British) military records on Ancestry.com for those who may want to give them a quick look.


Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918Military598,682

Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900Military467,838

UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Registers of Soldiers Who Served in Canada, 1743-1882Military375,748

Canada, Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards, 1900-1961Military68,047

Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922Military1,609,017

Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948Military71,052

Canada, CEF Commonwealth War Graves Registers, 1914-1919Military56,567

Canada, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850Military752,886

Canada, Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835Military24,789

Canada, Militia and Defence Forces Lists, 1832, 1863-1939Military79,630

Canada, Ledgers of CEF Officers Transferring to Royal Flying Corps, 1915-1919Military1,210

The Loyalists in OntarioStories, Memories & Histories418

Canada, South African War Land Grants, 1908-1910Military7,143

Canada, British Navy Ship Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1757-1836Military176,551

United Empire Loyalists, Parts I-IIStories, Memories & Histories22,456

Canada, British Army Regimental Rolls of Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, 1806-1892Military30,396

Canada, Registers of Prisoners of War, 1803-1815Military56,505

Old United Empire Loyalists ListImmigration & Travel6,353

Canada, Selected Service Records of Soldiers, 1914-1918Military102

Canada, Selected Service Records of War Dead, 1939-1945Military100

Canada, Pension Applications For Widows and Family of British Military Officers, 1776-1881Military843

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