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Biography of George Roberts - P.O.

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March 1945 Photo Nene Lives Book Photo
Extracted from the photo of the Crew of the Nene on deck taken March 1945
Photo from the book "NENE LIVES The Story of H.M.C.S. Nene & her Crew" - 1993

George Anderson Roberts - Yeoman of Signals
George Anderson Roberts was born at Dunoon, Arglshire, Scotland on September 26, 1918. He joined the 23rd Med Battery, R.C.A. in Toronto in June 1940 and transferred to the RCNVR, January 8, 1941 at HMCS York, Toronto. He was sent to HMCS Naden in Esquimalt, for basic training and a course in visual signals. Upon graduation George (Bunny) took part in the commissioning of HMCS Mahone as an ordinary signalman, the ship leaving for the east coast via Panama canal and spent the winter off Chebucto Head. As a Signalman TO. he was sent to St. Hyacinthe for further training and returned to St. John's, as an Acting Leading Signalman. He was drafted to HMCS Vegreville in December 1942, taking part in minesweeping operations outside Halifax and St. John's harbour. Redrafted to St. Hyacinthe in early 1944, he met Edna Coty, a coder. Upon completion of the course he was sent to St. John's, where Wren Coty was stationed. He then joined HMCS Nene in St. John's as the Yeoman of Signals and remained with the ship until the war's end. Bunny returned to Canada and while waiting for his discharge, took a short leave to St Hyacinthe where, in the RCN Chapel, he married WREN Edna Coty, August 1, 1945. After his discharge George took a station agent's course at the Rhab. School in Toronto and was hired by the C.N.R. June 1946 and remained there until his retirement in June 1977.


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