Henry Ernest Lade, RCNR

Born  19 Dec 1906Bromley, Kent, UK
Died  Sep 1994(87)


15 Aug 1940 T/Lt.
??? T/A/Lt.Cdr.

Retired: 17 Jul 1945


Warship Commands listed for Henry Ernest Lade, RCNR

HMCS Clayoquot (J 174)T/Lt.Minesweeper14 Apr 19427 Apr 1943
HMCS Hepatica (K 159)T/Lt.Corvette12 Apr 19435 Sep 1943

Career information

Henry Ernest Lade was born in Bromley, Kent, UK on Dec 19, 1906. Died Sept 14, 1994. His early years were spent in South Africa. As a teen, he attended the Worcester naval college back in England. After graduation he became a midshipman in the Blue Funnel Steamship Company travelling to the far east. He passed his sea exams in London and became a 4th officer on the Blue Funnel at the tender age of 21. Once again he was posted to the far east run, taking 6 months to complete a round trip at a salary of 12 pounds a month. He continued plying the far east for several years before emigrating to Canada to join his family. He continued to paint until his death in September 1994.

When the 2nd world war broke out he joined a few of his friends and traveled to HMCS York in Toronto. The recruiting officer ignored his friends but upon seeing his qualifications became very interested. He received a telegram in a few days ordering him to report to Halifax in 2 weeks. His career in the RCNR was from September 1939 to May 1945. He served as the EO on a converted fishing boat, HMCS Randor, which had wooden guns, CO on the minesweeper, HMCS Clayquot and HMCS Hepatica. He finished as the CO of the seamanship school in Cornwallis. He saw action in western approaches doing convoy work and also saw enemy action while being based at Gaspe. He was mentioned in dispatches. After the war, he returned to Brooklyn Ontario leaving his sea career behind. Art and drawing was his second love after the sea and he operated a sign and commercial art studio until well into his 80's.

Events related to this officer

Minesweeper HMCS Clayoquot (J 174)

11 Sep 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMCS Clayoquot picks up the survivors from the Canadian corvette HMCS Charlottetown that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-517 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

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