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Old 19-05-2017, 16:05
Sid Guttridge Sid Guttridge is offline
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Default Re: Aegean Memories WW2

It struck me that Newfoundlanders, with their acknowledged schooner experience as fishermen on the Grand Banks, would have been the ideal candidates for the Levant Schooner Flotilla.

Is there any evidence that efforts were made to recruit Newfoundlanders for the flotilla? There were over 2,000 in the navy during WWII.

I know that there was one Newfie on the Ragea, but were there others?

Many thanks.


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Old 19-05-2017, 19:20
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Derek Sullivan Derek Sullivan is offline
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Default Re:(Newfies) Aegean Memories WW2

The Northern Patrol
About the Newfoundland fishermen: the boat work of the Newfoundlanders was an important
thing to render this effective in the stormy winter months, these men are the hardiest and most skilful
boat-men in rough seas that exist. They long for employment, please propose me at once to raise 1000 R.N.V.R. in Newfoundland
Drafting the necessary letter to the Dominions office and outlining terms and conditions. They have nothing to learn about the sea, but immediately some method of training and discipline could be brought into play. In ten days at the outside this should be working in Newfoundland.
Regards Derek Sullivan
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Old 20-05-2017, 10:52
Ednamay Ednamay is online now
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My father was a CGI pensioner, recalled for the duration. 1939/1940 he was an instructor at Ganges, where they had a wave of Newfoundlanders; he was full of admiration for their sea skills, said they could "turn a boat on a sixpence", and cope with anything on boats and water - but they had some difficulty with marching, gunnery and land-based activities of many sorts. He had a tremendous respect for them and their adaptability

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Old 21-05-2017, 01:01
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Edna: Having had the privilege of commanding a battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment I can testify to the loyalty, prowess and dedication of Newfoundlanders to service in the Canadian Army. I am sure this was also true during World War 2 in their service in the Royal Navy, Royal Artillery and Royal Air Force plus the armed services of Canada. I know it to be true of the Newfoundland Regiment in World War 1 with its sacrifices at the Battle of Beaument Hamel and Gallipoli.

Thank you for your observations.

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Old 19-08-2017, 14:43
dylan1966 dylan1966 is offline
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My dad was on a greek tug in 1941

Must have been transferred to it from the Royal Navy

Love to know more about that situation?
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