31 Jul, 2014

This memoriam card commemorates the sinking of HMCS Regina and HMCS Alberni in 1944.

The Regina served from 1942 to 1944, mainly as a convoy escort vessel. She also participated in the naval component of the invasion of Normandy, just 5 months before her tragic end. The Regina was sunk on August 8, while attempting to rescue survivors from an American ship. 30 crew were lost, off the coast of Cornwall.

The Alberni was sunk just two weeks later, on August 21, while performing convoy duties near the Isle of Wight. 59 hands were lost. A memorial commemorating the Alberni was established in British Columbia last year.

This memoriam card is part of a series of WWII commemorative illustrations by Halifax Herald cartoonist Robert Chambers. You can explore the rest of the series as we add to it over the next several weeks.

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