Category Archives: veterans

A day of Reflection.

It’s funny how I see others as getting old but don’t see it happening to me. But happening it is, and I’m abruptly reminded each morning getting out of bed! I remember as a young sailor never once thinking I’d … Continue reading

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Salty Sailor Tales from the Mess Deck!

The most popular time to hear the most outlandish tales aboard ship happened at Tot time (rum issue). Some were almost believable others less so. There was the story told by an officers steward. On my last ship there was … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2020

I began my life in January 1939, seems so long ago now.  The years of a World at war, of rationing, austerity, poverty, hunger and fear of the atom bomb. Very different times indeed, were they better than today? Who … Continue reading

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Madrien Ferris – Wearing her late husbands medals!

I was sad to read of the passing of Madrien Ferris, on 27th December 2019. I didnt know her well, only met her once in the 1980s when she was a local NDP candidate in Charlottetown. My next encounter came … Continue reading

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Community Service or Veterans

Where do I begin? This is very tricky, and perhaps from the public’s point of view not easy  to fault the legion for providing community service. Equally difficult to explain to veterans why the legion feels they can use the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Auckland 1956.

Auckland Christmas 1956 Posted on 12th December 2019 by irishroverpei Christmas 1956, Auckland New Zealand We tied up outboard of HMS Consort in the city of Auckland on the evening of 23rd December 1956. Danny and I were off duty … Continue reading

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Minority Government!

While the Trudeau government is on thin ice, he continues to govern with the same degree of arrogance. Scheer is too busy trying to keep his own job and not paying attention to what is going on. Singh is intent … Continue reading

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1956 Olympic Games

It’s a dreary rainy 28th day of November 2019, but I’m back in a sunny November of 1956. I was a young 17 year old sailor serving in the Royal Navy. HMS Cockade a World War Two destroyer stationed at … Continue reading

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A Day to Remember.

Today is a very special and important time to remember those who have gone before us. For me it is a day with a sad memory. My shipmate and best friend is no longer with us, Growing old, ones memories … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day Memories. (The Blitz of Belfast N.Ireland)

This is my last Remembrance Day memory for 2019. I hope those who read my stories enjoyed and now know a little more about the war years. The Belfast Blitz is an unusual story, the city was never prepared for … Continue reading

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