NAC-HAG May Meeting

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The Hamilton Area Group of the Naval Association of Canada is happy to present Cdr (Ret’d) Fraser McKee in a Zoom presentation at our regular last Wednesday of the month meeting.

Wednesday, 26 May 2021 – Foregather at 12:00, presentation at 12:30. Drinks and lunch are your own responsibility.

HMS CAMPBELTOWN having rammed the lock gates at St. Nazaire.

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Fraser joined the RCNVR as an Ordinary Seaman when he turned 18 in March ’43.  He was planning on becoming a Visual Signalman as his Father was then overseas commanding an Army Signals Regiment.  Commissioned as an Acting Sub-Lieutenant in ’44, he served in a couple of shore stations, in the Armed Yacht, HMCS VISON, one trip in an ex-USN 4-stacker destroyer, another in the corvette SACKVILLE, and served as asdic officer in the Algerine class HMCS WALLACEBURG, whose blazer crest he wears today.  He remained in the Naval Reserves in Ontario and Montreal post-war, specializing in all aspects of anti-submarine warfare and served in various Canadian and British warships, from 3 aircraft carriers to destroyers, frigates, and twice in submarines, not counting a Coastal Command flying Squadron.  He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1978, after thirty-five years service. 

He has authored or co-authored 6 books on Canadian naval history, a Naval Reserves novel, and a paper on mine warfare for DND.  He lives in west Toronto, is a widower with 4 grown children.

His books:

The Canadian Naval Chronicle 1939-1945,   with Robert Darlington

Volunteers for Sea Service:  A Brief History of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

The Armed Yachts of Canada

Sink All The Shipping There

HMCS SWANSEA: The Life and Times of a Frigate

The Ellesmere Pickup

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