Nene K270

Homeward Bound

With the end of hostilities in Europe, the ship was "mothballed" and the crew sent to HMCS Niobe, Greenock Scotland. We packed our mugs and kit bags as ordered for the trip to H.M.C.S. Niobe. We were in very good spirits looking forward to the trip. Our Supply Assistants, Ceo Gaudet and Gene Begin had looked after our spirit(ual) needs.

It was the formal breakup of the ship's company and the crew members were sent home to Canada, to await dispatch to the Pacific theatre of operations. The atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagaski led to the immediate cessation of hostilities and the end of the global war. Little did we realize at the time, the significant changes the introduction of atomic bombs and atomic energy would create in our lives. We were only happy, that the conflict was over and the lives of so many allied servicemen would be spared. It was only afterward that we read and saw pictures of the destruction wrought by the atomic bombs and read John Hersey's book, "Hiroshima" describing the horrifying experiences of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors.

The NENE crew was discharged and sent home to begin a new life, to rejoin loved ones and to begin the task of readapting to civilian life. For most it was the end of an era and most did not expect to see their comrades in arms again. For some the war had ended but the battle continued. The devastation of the body would take years to mend. Hospital ships carried wounded and sick, army, airforce and navy personnel home. Young men, deprived of the ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

Imagine these "hardened" seamen coming back home to start a new career. Their careers were as diverse as the men themselves as you will see in the following pages which lists the names and short biographies of those who served on the NENE.

(Don Delong obtained two of these flags, hanging on this pier in Halifax. His wife an son discovered they were made in Don's home city - Peterborough,Ontraio - at the J.J. Turner factory.)

Halifax Pier - view from rail of Isle de France troop ship at end of war 1945 Photo: Don Delong

(Source: Nene Lives; ed Kenneth Riley, 1993, ppg. 38 - 39)

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