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Philip L

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In regard to my father's service record-Ships served on in WW2. My father, Norman Charles Lock served, as Radar operator, on Royal navy ships and a Canadian Royal navy ship, HMCS Chilliwack.

But I found out that some of the names are not ships but are land bases. I think Collingswood is one and I think there was one in the former Ceylon. I would be interested in some more information about the land bases if possible.

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Philip L
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PhiloNauticus

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Re: Father's Service Record-Ships served on in WW2 (Land base question)
« Reply #1 on: 08 September 2023 05:40:49 pm »


ROYAL ARTHUR – reception for new entries/ initial training – Skegness (the Butlins holiday camp)
VALKYRIE – shore base at Douglas, Isle of Man; radar training establishment
CAROLINE –  shore base at Belfast
AVALON – Royal Canadian Navy shore base at St John’s Newfoundland
CANADA – RN shore base at Halifax, Nova Scotia
EAGLET – RN shore base at Liverpool
LANKA – RN shore base at Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
TYNE – depot ship – see: https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/7287.html
GOLDEN HIND – shore base at Sydney, Australia
VICTORY III  and VICTORY – shore base at Portsmouth
COLLINGWOOD – shore base at Fareham

The shore bases and also HMS Tyne, were responsible for administrative duties – pay and paperwork mainly – that the small ships could not do.  Your father would not have actually served there, they were the 'parent' establishment.

His  two ships were Chilliwack and Findhorn

Chilliwack was a Flower class corvette
https://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/810.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/navy/services/history/ships-histories/chilliwack.html

Findhorn was a River class frigate –
htps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_River-class_frigates

Service history of Findhorn -
https://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/114.html

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Re: Father's Service Record-Ships served on in WW2 (Land base question)
« Reply #2 on: 09 September 2023 05:47:48 am »

 Thank you. Much appreciated. The only ships my late father seemed to talk about were HMS Findhorn and HMCS Chilliwack, so now I understand why. I have his passes for those ships.

Thanks again.

Philip L
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Re: Father's Service Record-Ships served on in WW2 (Land base question)
« Reply #3 on: 09 September 2023 06:49:22 am »

Some of my father's WW2 photos in regard to of HMS Findhorn and HMCS Chilliwack.

Thanks
Philip L
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