Fonds F0093 - John Edisforth Heward Fonds

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John Edisforth Heward Fonds


  • 1940-1945 (Creation)

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83 jpg files; 168 MB

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Biographical history

John Edisforth Heward was born August 26, 1916. During WWII he served with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) on HMCS Thunder (1941-42), HMCS Lachine (1942-1943), HMCS Medicine Hat (1943-1944). He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1942 and ended his naval career as commander of HMCS Rockcliffe. He was demobilized in October, 1945. Heward died August 17, 2002.

Archival history

Items were collected and/or created by Heward, brought in to the Naval Museum of Alberta by his son, Roger Heward, in January 2017 and digital content created by the curator. Files were deposited with the archives later that same month.

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Naval Museum of Alberta

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Scope and content

Consists of textual and photographic material related to the WWII career of John Edisforth Heward. Of particular note is the connection to his sinking of U889 (TG W6) while he was Captain of HMCS Rockcliffe.

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  1. Clippings: News clippings regarding: visit to Summerside PEI, the sinking of U889, Heward's being mentioned in dispatches
  2. Photographs: 48 b+w images of ships at seas some with crews visible ; photographs pf HMCS Rockcliffe including one of Officers on bridge of U889 ; portraits of Heward
  3. Heward's accounts: of his mission to St. Malo ; "A Brief History of HMCS Rockcliffe"

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No further accruals expected

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Files arranged as received.

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No restrictions on access.

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File are access only. No reproduction permitted.

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  • English

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Existence and location of originals

Originals are in the custody of Heward's son, Roger.

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Some of these files have been posted, by Roger Heward, to:

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Original CD housed in Singleton Box EW 25 3-1-6

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Fonds processed by Jason Nisenson, February 2017.




Archivist's note

This AtoM record created by Jason Nisenson, February 2017.

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