Thousands of men and women living near Fort Rodd Hill, or with a connection to this place, served with the Canadian forces in the World Wars and other conflicts. Many lost their lives.

Join us May 17, 2019 to honour two local, living Second World War veterans who, as young adults, contributed to victory at sea during the Battle of the Atlantic.

This free public event will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to those who fought during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy 75 years ago. On-hand will be Second World War era military vehicles with re-enactors, a Royal Canadian Navy patrol frigate, and a flyover by a vintage aircraft.


2019 Event Program

Friday May 17, 2019

Gates open at 9:30 am;
Ceremony starts at 10:30 am; followed by a reception and historic military programming
  • Musical prelude
  • Opening Cannon Fire
  • Royal Salute
  • O Canada
  • Welcoming remarks by Parks Canada and introduction of the Honour Party
  • Remarks by a veteran Elder
  • Address by Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Presentation of first Hometown Hero
  • Presentation of second Hometown Hero
  • Introduction of the ‘Boots’ campaign and commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day with participating local schools 
  • Boots brought to ship at anchor
  • Commemorative video
  • Flyover by vintage aircraft (weather permitting)
  • God Save the Queen
  • Closing Cannon Fire
  • Reception

Alice “Ruddy” Adams shortly after enlisting in the WRCNS; her nickname was a diminutive of her maiden name Rutherford. (image courtesy Adams family)

Alice Adams

b. 1922

As the Second World War (1939-45) intensified, the Navy began recruiting Canadian women for volunteer service. With the creation in 1942 of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS), more than 6,700 “Wrens” as they were called, stepped in to play a range of shore trades thus freeing sailors for active sea duty. One early recruit was Alice Adams (née Rutherford).

While a teacher at an elementary school in rural Saskatchewan at the start of the war, Adams saw a recruitment ad that brought her to Saskatoon where she enlisted among the first group of wireless telegraphists. After completing basic military training then multiple specialized signal courses, she was posted to top-secret wireless stations near the cities of Ottawa, Moncton, and Victoria.

Her duties included copying enemy naval traffic and tracking the location of U-boats. Such information was vital to Allied intelligence and helped steer merchant convoys away from danger. Upon war’s end, Adams came in direct contact with victims, processing liberated Canadian and British POWs returning from the Pacific.

Achieving the rank of Petty Officer, Adams’ service came to an end in 1946 when she was demobilized. Her wartime experiences led to lifelong friendships and gave her a self-confidence that she thereupon always exuded as a civilian.

 

left: Wren wireless telegraphists monitor receivers for enemy transmissions at the HMCS Coverdale station near Moncton, New Brunswick; right: Wrens on parade

Trevor Shuckburgh at the start of his distinguished naval career. (image courtesy Shuckberg family)

Trevor Cole Shuckburgh

b. 1922

Raised on a farm in Alberta, Trevor Shuckburgh grew restless to see the world. He seized his chance at 17 when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War (1939-45). He enlisted as a Boy Seaman and trained at HMCS Naden in British Columbia.

His first posting at sea was aboard HMCS Prince Henry, which intercepted two German merchant ships in the Pacific Ocean off South America. Next, he served aboard minesweepers off the coast of Newfoundland, and later in the English Channel and Bay of Biscay, all the while keeping up his studies and working hard for a promotion to petty officer.

In June 1944, Shuckburgh took part in Operation Neptune during the Normandy landings, aboard the frigate HMCS Teme. While chasing an enemy U-boat, he and his crewmates suffered a nighttime collision with an Allied escort carrier that nearly cut their ship in half. The following year, Shuckburgh earned a Commander-in-Chief Commendation for helping save Teme from sinking when the 20-metre stern section was lost during a torpedo attack.

With the help of the Royal Canadian Legion, Shuckburgh completed his education following the war and transitioned to the officer ranks, retiring in Victoria after a 32-year naval career.

 

left: HMCS Teme after the loss of her stern following a torpedo attack in the English Channel in March 1945; right (image courtesy Shuckberg family): Shuckburgh (on left) served as Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, Major-General George Pearkes (on right).