Kelowna 1991 (Fourth Reunion)
fourth reunion was held in Kelowna, British Columbia. This was a reunion
of the Escort Group 9 (EG 9) and brought together crews from the ships
that had served as part of EG 9 at various times. It was made up of ten
ships including H.M.C.S. NENE, MONNOW, LOCH ALVIE, PORT COLBORNE, MATANE,
SWANSEA, ST JOHN, MEON AND STORMONT ( there were usually never more than
five ships at a time in the group). Approximately 200 crew members with
their wives celebrated the first reunion of the EG 9 group.
messages were received at the Kelowna reunion. The first message was from
His Royal Highness, Prince Phillip which read as follows:
involved in the Battle of the Atlantic appreciated the tactical problems
of protecting the convoys from enemy U-boat attack and were well aware
of the risks that the Merchant Navy crews had to face from day to day,
but it was only after that we all began to understand the vital importance
of these convoys for survival of the people of the British Isles and
to their ability to sustain the war against the enemy.
Group 9 had its fair share of action in this important work and those
who served with it have every reason to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary
of one of the most critical years of the war. You can all look back
with pride at a job very well done under extremely difficult conditions
and I hope you all enjoy this first reunion in so many years".
second message was received from the Ambassador of the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics, Richard Ovinnokov. It read as follows:
is a great honor to address the participants of the first reunion of
Escort Group 9. It is a great pleasure to send all of you a message
of congratulations, sincere and cordial wishes.
every Soviet the Second World War is something we just cannot forget.
The war has brought tremendous devastation to my country. Twenty-six
million Soviet people have been killed or died of wounds or hunger in
is why we do remember. We will remember. We will remember Soviet soldiers
who fought to defend our country and together with other allied countries
to save the world from nazism. We will remember numerous citizens of
foreign countries who offered to us their helping hand at a difficult
sea convoys which came to Murmansk and other Soviet ports brought to
us a very needed material and moral support. We know how dangerous and
next to impossible the voyages of that sort were for people on board
the ship in convoy. And we value the effort and risk the Canadian and
other sailors have taken upon themselves to support us in a fateful
history, world experience urge us to do utmost to avert the very possibility
of a new war. I am glad that the USSR together with world community
makes all what is possible to ensure for humanity the possibility of
living and working under conditions of endurng peace.
wish to the participants of the Reunion and their families good health,
happy and prosperous future".
letter was also received from the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable
Brian Mulroney extending best wishes to the EG 9 Group. It read as follows:
I would like to extend my warmest greetings and sincere best wishes
to the participants of the Escort Group No. 9 reunion.
remain indebted to the brave sailors who joined in the fight for freedom
in World War II. The many contributions of our Canadian Forces, including
those involved in escort duties on the "Murmansk Run", will
be commemorated again by Canadians every November 11.
behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to express my appreciation
to the members of the escort group for your service and sacrifices on
behalf of our country.
Signed Brian Mulroney
Reunion is planned for Halifax in July 1993. It will bring together all
the Nene family once again. At the Kelowna reunion plans were made to
create a lasting memorial to the ship and its company. Crew members and
others have contributed money toward the creation of a work of art, a
bas-relief carving of HMCS NENE, by the renown carver John Meyer.
The carving will be presented to the Naval Museum in Halifax in July 1993.
wood carving by John Meyer - Naval Museum of Halifax
Cameron's wood sculptured bear at the entrance to Revlestoke, B.B.
Daughter Virginia and granddaughter are shown.