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Clement Kynnersley Whalley
Clement Kynnersley Whalley Chaplain III Class O/77240 HMCS Protector (Point Edward Naval Base), Royal Canadian Navy Canadian Efficiency Decoration March 23, 1885 North Kohala, Hawai’i (The Big Island), Hawaii September 1, 1941 Sydney, Cape Breton, NS 52 Nepean Street, Sydney, Cape Breton, NS 56 5 feet, 11 1/2 inches Ruddy Blue Grey Married Minister Church of England Mrs Muriel Elsie Whalley, (Wife) Sydney, Cap[e Breton May 21, 1945 60 Hardwood Hill Cemetery, Sydney, Cape Breton, NS Div. Y. Range 2. Lot 3. Commemorated on Page 575 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on December 1 Clement was the son of Reverend Herbert Francis Edward Whalley (1858-1937) and Mary Louisa (Wyat) Whalley (1824-1921); both deceased when he enlisted in WWII. Clement was born in North Kohala, Hawaii; his father was the clergyman for a mission of the Church of England in North Kohala, Hawaii. Rev. Minister Whalley was sent to Kohala in 1882 and ministered to a Chinese congregation in Kohala with the assistance of a Chinese lay reader who could translate. His father and their congregation built a new Church, St. Augustine’s, consecrated February 10, 1884. Clement spent some of his early years living with his grandparents in Gaywood, Norfolk, England from at least 1891 until he arrived in Canada in 1908. He married Muriel Elsie Trivett on January 10, 1916 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He departed Canada from St. John, New Brunswick aboard the Allan Line’s ship, the Scandanavian, arriving in Liverpool, England January 24, 1916. He signed his enlistment papers three days later for service in the First World War at the age of 30 on January 27, 1916 in London, England. He notes at enlistment that he had previously served as assistant chaplain with the RCR. He served in England as a Captain Chaplain from January 1916 to May 1919. After WWI, he served in Canada as a Major Chaplain from January 1921 to September 1941. They had three daughters, Dorothy, Joan Mary (1925-2005), and B. Faith; and three sons who all served during the Second World War: - Squadron Leader Richard Noel Francis Whalley (1916-1999), served with the RCAF (Overseas) - Captain John Clement Whalley (1918-2001), served with the Canadian Army (Overseas), promoted to Major post-war - Flight Lieutenant Michael George Whalley (1922-2009), Service No. J/9748, served with the RCAF (Overseas). Michael was educated in Sydney and graduated from Sydney Academy and then joined the RCAF at the age of 18. He was posted overseas and served as Flight Lieutenant as well as flight instructor in 428 Squadron. Michael was a pilot in Bomber Command at the age of 20 when his Halifax Mark V bomber aircraft LK915 was shot down over Hamlin, Germany in September 1942. Five of the crew were killed. Michael, the pilot, and Flight Officer William B. L. Higgins, the bomb aimer, were captured and held as prisoners of war (POW’s) in Stalag Luft III (the camp of the “Great Escape”) until the end of the war in 1945. Reverend Clement Whalley served as a part-time Chaplain at HMCS Protector in Sydney, Cape Breton, during the Second World War. The Royal Canadian Navy base HMCS Protector (1939-1964), also known as the Point Edward Naval Base, was located next to Sydney Harbour, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Used by the navy during WWII, it acted mainly to provision, protect and repair the various merchant marine convoys to Quebec, Halifax, and the United Kingdom. It was a main combat zone during the Battle of the St. Lawrence and the more general Battle of the Atlantic. Reverend Clement Whalley died at his home, the St. George’s Rectory on Nepean Street in Sydney, of a heart condition on May 21, 1941, having served as a Chaplain for over 30 years. He also served as Honorary Captain, Chaplain, of the 16th Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery in Cape Breton.
HMCS Protector, 1943