Battle of Atlantic commemorated at St. James' Church in Hudson
PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY
Wearing her 'dress white' Naval uniform, Padre LCdr and Priest Rev. Carol Bateman, welcomed some very special guests at St. James' Church in Hudson Sunday, May 8, at a service saluting and commemorating those who served and died during the Battle of the Atlantic, which came to an end on VE Day in May, 1945.
Shown above are Rev. Bateman, who was formerly deployed to Afghanistan working alongside German soldiers in a NATO operation, together with ever-young Hudsonite Maxine Bredt wearing her original nurse's uniform from World War II and (left to right representing Hudson Legion Branch #115) Peter Mansell, John Spriggs, and Rod Hodgson.
Said Rev. Bateman from the pulpit, “The Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Merchant Navy made nearly 26,000 safe crossings, bearing over 180 million tons of supplies to Great Britain. Without their efforts, the Allies could not have continued to fight the war. And this Battle of the Atlantic Service commemorates the sacrifices of sailors who gave their lives in the North Atlantic. Over 70 Canadian ships were sunk with the loss of 1,600 lives including eight women. And we remember them today.”