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Charles, John Alexander: my Navy recollections
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- Sound recording
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CA UVICARCH SC066-256
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June 10, 1983 (Creation)
- Lawrence, Hal, 1920-1994
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10 sound recordings (MP3)
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Hal Lawrence was born in 1920 in the Royal Engineers Barracks in Catham, Kent, England. His family later moved to Halifax, where Lawrence joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1939 and served for 28 years. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for helping to sink a German submarine in World War II. Lawrence completed his wartime service with the destroyer Sioux, sailing long convoy runs to Russia. On June 6, 1944, off the coast of Normandy, Sioux participated in the direct bombardment of inland targets that precipitated the assault on Fortress Europe. Following service during the Second World War, he made a career with the peacetime navy. His last sea appointment, before retirement in 1965, was as senior officer in command of the Eleventh Escort Squadron. At the age of forty, Lawrence started his BA at the University of Ottawa and by the time he retired had his MA and began teaching at the University of Ottawa and later, at the University of Victoria. In 1970, he started an interpersonal and socioeconomic communications company in Ottawa and transferred it to Victoria in 1980. He was accepted as a fellow in the Royal Historical Society in 1993 and is the author of several books, including A Bloody War (1979), Tales of the North Atlantic (1985), and Victory at Sea (1989). He died April 11, 1994 at his home in Victoria, British Columbia.
Item is part of the Hal Lawrence collection of interviews.
Scope and content
Item is an interview/narrative of John A. Charles' experiences during World War II. Rear Admiral Charles served with the Royal Canadian Navy. Interview took place on June 10 1983.
Digital sound recording in .wav format at 16 bits and 44 kHz. In .mp3 format at 56 kbps and 24 kHz.
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Original sound recordings on five audio cassettes also available.
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This interview has been posted with the understanding that it may be used for research purposes only. Should the interviewee or their heirs have any objections to this interview being accessible on the Internet, it will be removed promptly.
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The interview and summary can be accessed though the UVic Libraries' site: http://contentdm.library.uvic.ca:80/cdm/ref/collection/collection13/id/2622
Analysis and summary of interview by Hal Lawrence also available.
A transcript is available.
Interview migrated to digital format for UVic Special Collections in 2013. Digitized by JF, technical and cataloguing metadata provided by JF and JP.
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- Charles, John Alexander, b. 1918 (Subject)
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Record added by JF, October 16, 2019.