PHOTOS OF HMCS PRINCE ROBERT
I recently digitalized a number of my grandfather's
photos from WWII. He (George Schmidt) was on the HMCS Prince Robert
in the Pacific. My problem is, other than the photos of my
grandfather, I don't know who any of the other men or even where some of
the landscape pictures are from. Like most he didn't talk about it
and when he died he took a lot of those details with him.
My hope is that someone familiar with the voyages of
the Prince Robert can help identify some of the people and locales in these
photos and perhaps share more details of my Grandfather's service during
George Edgar Schmidt was born in Saskatchewan,
but the family moved to Milverton, Ontario when he was young.
He had two brothers and three sisters.
He enlisted in the war on Aug. 23 1943 after he turned
18, much to the horror of his mother. She was very much against her
son fighting in the war.
He trained in Halifax and Sydney N.S. then Comox
B.C. He was chosen to witness the signing of the official surrender
on the U.S.S. Missouri. He was catcher for the ship's softball
He apparently had many souvenirs from Hawaii, Hong
Kong and Australia... but his mother threw them all out! We have
none of these items.
After the war he worked for the Canada Post.
He married in 1948 and had three children, two girls and a boy.
In the late 1990s he was in a terrible car accident (he was a passenger
in an antique car). This caused many health complications for the
remainder of his life. He passed away in 2007.
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