Charles W. Archer

Charles W. Archer

Husband of Ruth Archer, Amica at Beechwood Village

Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves (RCNVR) – VIII593 – Served 5 years

Charles W. Archer, VII593 RCNVR, joined in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the age of 19 in 1940. He then was transferred to Esquimalt Navy Base until November in 1941 where he then left on Prince Robert Escorted WPG Grenadiers (army unit) to Hong Kong.

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and took Grenadiers Prisoners, Charles returned to Halifax, Nova Scotia for ‘gunnery training’ and had been declared to have 20/20 vision and began teaching ‘gunnery training’ thereafter.

He then travelled on corvettes and destroyers across the Atlantic many times. These ships were often covered in ice and had to be chipped to stop them from being too top heavy.

While in the UK, he escorted troops to France for the D. Day invasion on June 6, 1944. On November 15, 1944 he and Ruth married and had the opportunity to enjoy their honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Ontario. After their honeymoon, Charles returned to Halifax until the war ended in Europe on May 7, 1945.

He was honoured with 5 medals for his dedicated actions and training. Although his final posting on the HMCS Ontario was to take him to the Pacific, the war ended in August 1945, so he never made it to the Pacific.