Battle of the Atlantic Heroes

Canadians are invited to share stories about their loved ones who served during the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest campaign of the Second World War. Below are their stories.

Do you have a story to tell? Please submit your account of your loved one’s service to Please include high-resolution, scanned photos.

RAdm Stuart Paddon

Radar Man: Stuart Paddon’s unexpected wartime service

In the early days of the war, radar remained somewhat of a mystery to many – its concepts often misunderstood and technical expertise even rarer. Thus, the Royal Navy had a difficult time finding suitable officers to operate it. This was compounded by the fact that the Royal Air Force had taken most of the home talent to operate its own systems watching British skies.
January 5, 2022

Canada, the Pacific, and War

First Director of Naval Information wanted to “teach not preach”

Born in British Honduras (now Guyana) in 1902, Capt Strange was sent to boarding school in the United Kingdom. When the First World War broke out, he joined the Royal Navy as a cadet but was eventually discharged due to a vision problem. He moved to Trinidad where his parents lived, and then emigrated to Canada in 1929.
December 21, 2020

AS John Wall

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: John Wall

Major Geoff Wall’s grandfather, John Francis Wall, sailed with His Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Illustrious during the Battle of the Atlantic and served until 1945 when he was wounded in action.
September 17, 2020

George Patrick Keating

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: George Patrick Keating

He used to tell us about his time during the war. Once, he said his ship was off the coast of Newfoundland when it was rammed by a German U-boat. The ramming caused significant damage to the ship, but all of the crew was safe and survived.
September 2, 2020

Walter Slade

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Walter Slade

My great uncle, Walter Slade, grew up in Kingwell, Placentia Bay and joined the Canadian Merchant Navy as a young Newfoundlander in 1939. He knew the danger of the U-Boat-infested North Atlantic as well as anyone as he sailed through those waters in 1940 during the opening phases of the Battle of the Atlantic.
September 1, 2020

AB Harrison

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Able Seaman William Thomas Harrison

William Thomas Harrison of Halifax enlisted into the RCNVR on June 14, 1944 at the age of 19. He was an ASDIC operator, or submarine detector, aboard the Bangor-Class Minesweeper His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Georgian J144.
August 20, 2020

OS Fraser McKee

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Ordinary Seaman Fraser McKee

I ended the war in May 1945 in the escort HMCS Wallaceburg, operating out of Halifax.  We brought in the last west-bound convoy of the war to New York, picked up at sea from the mid-ocean. I still have the White Ensign we flew.
July 14, 2020

AS Bill Wilson

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Bill Wilson

On the morning of May 8, 1945, His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa, along with the destroyer HMCS Restigouche, was alongside on the Dartmouth side of the Halifax Harbour, having just escorted the troopship Steam Ship Sithia into Halifax with returning wounded members of the Canadian Forces and a large number of war brides.
June 24, 2020

AS Ernest Charles Wyatt

Ernest Charles “Chuck” Wyatt

For his service in Europe he was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star with France-Germany Bar, along with the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and 1939-45 War Medal.  In mid-January 2016, the Government of France recognized him with its highest honour, the Legion of Honour, for his service at D-Day that led to the liberation of France.
May 11, 2020

Bruce Wetherall

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: William Bruce Wetherall

My father, William Bruce Wetherall, served in the Canadian Merchant Navy from 1941-45. For six long years the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Merchant Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force were central participants in what was to be known as the Battle of the Atlantic.
May 7, 2020

Harrison Stumpf and his brother Harold Stumpf.

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Able Seaman Harrison “Little H” Stumpf

My father, Able Seaman (AB) Harrison “Little H” Stumpf, was one of thousands of Canadians who answered the call during the Second World War and participated in a number of ways throughout the Battle of the Atlantic.
April 29, 2020