Sunday, January 2, 2011

Admiral Landymore named 2010 inductee to the Wall of Honour at the Royal Military College of Canada

Well this is timely, isn't it. As an RMC alumnus, I duly received my copy of Veritas in the mail yesterday, to pleasantly discover that Admiral Landymore (this blog's patron, by the way) was inducted to the RMC Wall of Honour, in part for his courageous stance against unification. The great admiral became embroiled in a bitter public disagreement over the unification of the Canadian Armed Forces and resigned from the Royal Canadian Navy on 19 July 1966. Here is his citation as printed in Veritas:

1916 – 2008

Born in Brantford, Ontario, in 1916, the only son of Dr. Frederick and Gladys (Moss) Landymore, Bill Landymore enrolled in the Royal Military College of Canada in 1934. The College motto, ”Truth, Duty, Valour,” was to be the inspiration for his 32-year military career. Landymore entered the RCN in 1936 as a midshipman, and saw service in Palestine, World War II and Korea. He served with distinction in 13 RN & RCN ships, as well as training the gunnery crews of seven allied ships at Scapa Flow in 1943. In WWII, he survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser and HMCS Margaree, and was awarded a Mention-In-Dispatches (MID) on the Murmansk Convoys.

He commanded HMCS Iroquois for two tours of duty in Korea, was awarded a second MID, and as Commander, Canadian Destroyers Far East, became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Following the war, he commanded HMCS Bonaventure, Canada’s last aircraft carrier. His final sea-going appointment was Senior Canadian Officer Afloat Atlantic.

Landymore served as both Flag Officer Pacific and Atlantic and was twice appointed Senior Officer in Chief Command Atlantic Sub-Area. He led the Canadian Naval Contingent in the United Allied Parade, 14 June 1942 in London, and he was Parade Commander when H. M. Queen Elizabeth II presented her colour to the RCN, 1 August 1959. His final act of service earned him a place of honour among Canada’s naval supporters. A staunch opponent of unification, Admiral Landymore refused to sacrifice his principles to save his career. Foreseeing problems that unification would bring for the Navy, and to the morale of its sailors, he argued his case forcefully. Many of the unification initiatives that ended the Royal Canadian Navy have since been reversed.

In retirement, Bill Landymore served as Chairman of the Board of the Grace Hospital, Halifax, for which he was awarded the Salvation Army Cross of the Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service. Throughout his life, he thought of others for whom he was responsible before himself. He gave generously of his time, skill and resources, particularly encouraging education of special needs children.

Plaque inscription: Distinguished naval flag officer, honored by peers and subordinates, volunteer leader.


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  2. No kidding. It is not a good thing for our serving and retired flag officers to be offside of where our veterans are. I am going to crack that nut later on, as I know many retired senior officers who have signed the petition, but are totally mum inside the Naval Officers Association.

  3. Agree, the absences of the Navy League and the Naval Officers Association are conspicuous. Apparently, they follow CMS's lead. So much for being independent lobby groups.

  4. We have not actually tested the waters at both those groups yet, because we are aware of the politics there. That said, we will be writing them soon enough, but there are just so many associations out there, we've been very busy leaving them alone for now.

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  6. Based on the perceived concerns from some of these retired admirals, I was wondering if any Quebec based groups had been approached. It would be nice to show that Francophones have a stake in this also.

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  18. Interesting information of Rear Admiral Ladymore. He was a friend of my Dad's Commander Patrick C Benson RCN. 1916 - 1998 My dad "retired" in 1966 as well ... for the same reason the amalgamation of the "forces." Dad`s last post was Queens Harbor Master in Halifax. He received his commission on loan to the British Navy in 1939 ... was XO of the Sioux in the Korean War and CO of the Cayuga 1956-58. The family moved to Winnipeg in 1966, but I remember coming back to visit the Landymore`s one summer ... a very fine man and often spoken of fondly in our home !

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The Petition moves along...

May 1: Laurie Hawn, M.P. agrees to support petition
April 30: Sent draft petition to The Dominion Institute to seek their sponsorship
April 28: Sent draft petition to Captain(N) Pickingford, Project Manager, Canadian Navy Centennial Project
April 27: Sent petition to Blaine Barker of the Royal Canadian Naval Association and Bob Nixon of the Naval Officer's Association of Canada and Peter Dawe, Executive Director of the RMC Club
April 26: The Monarchist League of Canada members are supportive
April 25: Interesting - even heated - debate over at the Navy, Army, Air Force Forum, where the "Yeas" have it by a two-thirds majority.