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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Quebec

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Canning Gertrude. Wren (d.30th Jun 1942)
  • Canning Gertrude. Wren. (d.30th Jun 1942)
  • Hill John William. Stkr.

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Wren Gertrude "Paddy" Canning HMS Quebec (d.30th Jun 1942)

I would like to let you know of my Aunt Gertrude Canning in the hope that there are still some of her old "chums" with us today. We, Gertrude's family, have been looking for someone that served with her on HMS Quebec the Special Operations Training Camp in Inveraray, Scotland. Unfortunately, her time in the service,WRNS,was tragically cut short. Gertrude was coming back to her base on June 30th 1942 when she was murdered in woods close to her camp. She became the subject of a 4 day search. When her body was found in undergrowth, close to the "Marriage tree" it was discovered that she'd been shot 4 times with a .38 revolver. Her killer was never found despite a nationwide investigation and thousands of ballistic tests on revolvers. It is thought her killer was probably a casualty of the disastrous Dieppe raid.

Next June 30th my family will travel to Inveraray to dedicate a bench and brass plate to her memory on the 70th anniversary of her death. I am pleased to share this information with all. If anyone wants to read about the case, please go to the web and type,"Gertrude Canning murder". I hope to get some feedback through this and especially from a Wren, soldier, or civilian that knew her in Inveraray back in 1942. Sadly,many servicemen and women of that time have passed on, but I live in hope as they say. Gertrude's story has recently been told in the Argyll Advertiser,The Scottish Herald and The Scottish Daily Mail. Strathclyde are still treating it as a live enquiry and the case is now the subject of a review.

Joseph Canning



Wren. Gertrude "Paddy" Canning HMS Quebec (d.30th Jun 1942)

My late aunt Gertrude Canning was a serving Wren at the combined operations bases in Inveraray. Gertrude was stationed in Admiralty House in Inveraray and worked in the officer's mess. She was walking to her base to begin her duties after posting a letter to her father but was followed on that day and attacked in the woods. She was only 20 years old and was shot 4 times by someone who was never caught.It led to one of the most covert investigations in WW2 which resulted in the ballistic testing of thousands of Webley.38 revolvers. Her killer was thought to have perished at the disastrous Battle of Dieppe. Although my aunt was only in the service 3 months before she died, it is nice to think that she played her part in the campaign. It would be interesting to find out if anyone is still alive that remembers the case and if anyone has been told about it from an older relative. I would love to hear from anyone. The story is on the net: Gertrude Canning murder

Joe Canning



Stkr. John William "Jack" Hill HMS Royal Arthur

My dad was at HMS Royal Arthur from 12th March 1941 to 17th April 1941. He went on to serve on HMS Victory, HMS Rockingham, HMS Ferret, HMS Quebec and HMS Copra. He was a stoker 1st and 2nd class. He service records only go up to 1943, so I don't know which other ships he was on after that, although I remember him talking about HMS Keppel.

Sally Redden







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