Royal Canadian Navy : Reginald H. Rhymes

16 PHOTOS & ONE CLIPPING IN THIS SECTION BY REGINALD H. "SMOKEY" RHYMES

Reginald H. Rhymes

Reginald H. Rhymes

Many thanks to Smokey's son, Gordon P. Rhymes, for these photos of his father. Originally from Burgeo NL, he enlisted in the Canadian Army in Halifax, in March, 1945 and served until May 15, 1946. Joining the RCN at the end of April, 1947, he served 25 years, retiring at the end of April, 1972. He passed away in 2006.

He served on HMCS Athabaskan, Cap de la Madelaine, Crescent, Haida, Huron, Lanark, Nootka, Penetang, Prestonian, Quebec, Saguenay, & Swansea, and was stationed in HMCS Cornwallis from 1959 to 1961. There is little information accompanying these photos, and few people other than Smokey are identified, but some locations have been determined by the dates in his service records. Section revised October 22, 2017.


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Army Days, probably 1945. Two photos of Reginald Rhymes in army uniform, with at least one of his brothers.

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HMCS Huron in Port, 1951. An official DND photo of HMCS Huron, tied up with HMCS Micmac, in what is almost certainly New York City.

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HMCS Naden, 1947. Two photos -- a portrait and a group of 18 AB/LS, 6 POs, 1 CPO and 1 Lieutenant. I'm speculating they were on a sonar or anti-submarine weapons course. Reginald Rhymes is the only man identified. Photo added May 5, 2016.

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Reginald Rhymes, Early Days. Five photos. Locations and people are unidentified except for Reginald Rhymes and a photo of Tom Mosher of HMCS St Laurent. One photo taken in front of the Half Way House in Victoria, BC. Photo added September 26, 2016.

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HMCS Swansea, Northern Cruise, 1949. Two newspaper clippings -- one photo was taken at Hebron, Labrador. Surnames: Knapman, Rhymes.

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Reginald Rhymes at HMCS Cornwallis. Three photos. Rhymes was stationed at HMCS Cornwallis from 1959 to 1961, where he was tasked with changing civilians into sailors in 15 short weeks. Surnames: Campbell, Maxwell, McKay, Rhymes. Revised Oct. 22, 2017.

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HMCS Huron, Home from Korea, 1951. Reginald Rhymes is greeted by his wife, son, and a niece.

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HMCS Lanark, about 1956-57. Two photos of crew on HMCS Lanark. Only Reginald Rhymes is identified. A link is provided to an enlargement of one photo. Revised February 18, 2017.

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