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He­len was born in St. Catharines, Ont., on July 5, 1925. She joined the Women’s Royal Cana­dian Naval Ser­vice in 1943, and served as a switch­board op­er­a­tor. She was posted to HMCS Dis­cov­ery in Van­cou­ver, Mon­treal, Halifax and Shel­burne, N.S.

“We were trained to do the land jobs, so that the sailors, the men, could go to sea. The WRENS were es­sen­tial… When I was in Shel­burne (af­ter) the war was over and they were de­com­mis­sion­ing ships, we an­swered the phones and di­rected com­mu­ni­ca­tions. There was lots go­ing on.”

He­len was dis­charged in 1945. She and her hus­band, Jack, now live in Chatham, Ont.

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