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LCol Harry Babcock Branch Number 137
HMCS Napanee was a Flower-class corvette of the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. She saw service primarily in the Battle of the Atlantic as a convoy escort. She is named after Napanee Ontario.
This beautiful rendition of the HMCS Napanee now hangs in our Perrin Hall along with a model of the HCMS Napanee and the German Submarine U-356 which she sank during World War II.
Flower-class corvettes like Napanee serving with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War were different from earlier and more traditional sail-driven corvettes. The “corvette” designation was created by the French for classes of small warships; the Royal Navy borrowed the term for a period but discontinued its use in 1877. During the hurried preparations for war in the late 1930s, Winston Churchill reactivated the corvette class, needing a name for smaller ships used in an escort capacity, in this case based on a whaling ship design. The generic name “flower” was used to designate the class of these ships, which – in the Royal Navy – were named after flowering plants.
Corvettes commissioned by the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War were named after communities for the most part, to better represent the people who took part in building them. This idea was put forth by Admiral Percy W. Nelles. Sponsors were commonly associated with the community for which the ship was named. Royal Navy corvettes were designed as open sea escorts, while Canadian corvettes were developed for coastal auxiliary roles which was exemplified by their minesweeping gear. Eventually the Canadian corvettes would be modified to allow them to perform better on the open seas.
After a retrofit in 1942, the Napanee was charged with the escort of the damaged HMCS Assiniboine to safety. Later that August, during an escort of convoy ONS-154, the convoy was attacked by U-boats, but managed to repel the attackers and sink submarine U-356.
We have added some interesting reading of the history of Passchendaele (facts sheet) and another one on Passchendaele 100 Years Later. Here
This Remembrance Week marks 100 years since this important battle (26 October – 10 November 1917), the Vimy Foundation would like to ensure Remembrance events include a special mention of Passchendaele.
Anyone wishing information, advice or Assistance with the following:
• APPEALS AGAINST ADVERSE ORIGINAL APPLICATION FOR WAR VETERANS & WIDOWS ALLOWANCE
Please call the Branch Office Manager at 613-354-5275
Remembrance and History
Members of our Branch were involved in a Remembrance and History Project. We know that there were eight Veterans of the Great War (WWI) from the Napanee area who were killed in action and who have their names on our towns Cenotaph. This project was led by John Suart from the Family and Children’s Services for Kingston, Lennox and Addington. This project has been going on for a couple of years. Previous videos of earlier videos honouring other Veterans of WWI can be found on this link. We honoured three of the eight veterans at this time. They were Frank Davern MM, Harold McAfee, and William McCumber. We also had some family members join us at this event. We were video taped at the town’s Cenotaph. A great web site put together by Al Lloyd has more information on many of the veteran’s from our area. You can find that site here.
We have shirts, hats and Legion pins for sale – check out our Entertainment page for pics and prices.
Canada is a great country, due in no small part to the sacrifices of the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the Canadian Forces.
The Veterans Bill of Rights is an expression of the rights Veterans have long identified as important. It is a comprehensive declaration of rights for all war-service Veterans, Veterans and serving members of the Canadian Forces (Regular and Reserve), members and former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, spouses, common-law partners, survivors and primary caregivers, other eligible dependents and family members, and other eligible clients.
The Veterans Bill of Rights was developed in consultation with Veterans’ organizations to strengthen our ability to respond quickly and fairly to the concerns of Veterans. It sets out the rights of Veterans and clients in accessing Veterans Affairs’ programs and services. It is a clear and concise statement that Veterans Affairs will continue to make sure every one of its clients is treated with respect, with dignity and with fairness.
Our Branch was active at the Napanee Fair once again this year. We were fortunate to have 50 volunteers help out at the Food Booth. We had members and guests deliver great food and beverages to hundreds of folks attending the annual fair. From our Executive and members of Branch 137 I send out a hearty thank you for your help this year. It was a very successful time for us. We can use the funds raised to keep our Branch in good stead.
You can contact our Administration office and Membership office at 613-354-5275
Contact the Club Room/Bar at 613-409-5275
Club room/Bar Hours: Mon – 12 to 9 Tue – 12 to 9 Wed – 12 to 9 Thurs – 12 to 11 Fri – 11 to 11 Sat – 12 to 11 Sun – 2 to 6