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Old 04-10-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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Default Royal Canadian Navy - A WW2 veteran documentary by Gilbert O S Davis

I am hopeful you will enjoy and share this video post of my Dad, Gilbert Davis, who served in WW2 in the Royal Canadian Navy. He now nears 90 years old.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIGVnEAwbK0

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This 50-minute home documentary shares personal photographs taken by Leading Stoker, Gilbert Davis, as he narrates stories of his navy experiences; from joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and defending Canada's west coast aboard the H.M.C.S Bellechasse to his service on the H.M.C.S. Merrittonia escorting Merchant Marine convoys across the Atlantic Ocean to provision needed supplies to England and the European allies, through to the mass surrendering of the German U-boat fleet on the Foyle River near Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the end of the war.

Recorded while nearing his 90th birthday, Gilbert's recollections are of daily war-time service life rather than distinguished battles, told in a manner that only a dedicated serviceman could deliver; his emotion resonant as he describes the saving of a single survivor from a torpedoed supply ship.

Both educational and entertaining, this video offers a snapshot into an era often faded from memories or lost through new generations of time. One of only a few servicemen who travelled with a personal camera during the war, Gilbert Davis shares his experiences through his own photos and words.
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:41 AM   #2
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Excellent vid, enjoyed it very much and thank you for posting this up on the CAW website
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:56 PM   #3
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Thumbs up Thanks for taking the time to post your note about this video

My Dad, Gilbert Davis, was thrilled to see that someone enjoyed his stories on this site, Canada At War. He's hoping that more peolpe find it to enjoy.

We are just a week away from the anniversary of VE Day, 2012.

Kindest regards.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:21 AM   #4
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Make sure you father knows that this thread has been viewed 200 times as of today (1 May 2012) and thank you again for posting this up on the Canada at War website

Say hello to your father from us at CAW

Cheers

Barry (aka Temujin)
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:18 PM   #5
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Good job on this. I wish that I could have done a similar thing with Ben Stevenson and John Charleton (to name just two) before they died.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:10 AM   #6
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Thumbs up VE-DAY anniversary today in Canada

Thanks for posting your comments/compliments. My Dad was moved to be acknowledged and recieve them.

Today is Tuesday, May 5th 2012. It was Tuesday, May 5th 1945 that Canada celebrated VE-DAY; the official end of World War ll in Europe.

An honored salute to all who gave.
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Old 06-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #7
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Thumbs up WW2 personal photos and stories - Gilbert OS Davis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIGVnEAwbK0

It is wonderful that in less than two months there has been 1000 views of this youtube video so far. My Dad, Gilbert Davis, is absolutely amazed that people are interested.

Best to everyone and thanks for the kind notes. He's been enjoying them!
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Old 06-30-2012, 02:14 PM   #8
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Default 1250 views of this WW2 video!

WOW...1250 views of this video now.

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

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Old 11-11-2012, 01:40 AM   #9
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Remembering as my Dad, a WW2 vet, turns 90 this week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIGVnEAwbK0
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