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Bidwell, Roger Edward Shelford

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Title Rear-Admiral (RCN)
Official Number O-6410
Birth 14/09/1899 Death 02/11/1968
Place Peterborough Place Halifax
Area Area NS
Country UK Country Canada
Honours CBE. Officer of the Legion of Merit (USA)
Qualifications idc. psc. ndc.
Military Service
He was appointed as a Naval Cadet RCN 1915. He served in the Royal Naval College of Canada (Sixth Term) 1915. He was appointed as Midshipman RCN (With seniority dated 15/02/1918). He served in H.M.S. Canada for Training 1918. He served in H.M.S. Barham (Battleship) for Training 1919-1920. He was appointed as Sub-Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 15/12/1919). He served in HMCS Aurora 1921. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 15/03/1921). He served in H.M.S. Malaya 1922. He served in H.M.S. Vernon for RN Long Torpedo Course. He served in H.M.S. Nelson as Torpedo Officer. He served in H.M.S. Tiger as Torpedo Officer 1928. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 15/05/1929). He served in HMCS Naden 1929. He served in HMCS Vancouver as First Lieutenant 1931. He served in HMCS Armentieres (In command) 1933. He served in NSHQ as Assistant to Director of Operations and Training 1934. He served in HMCS Champlain (In command) 1935. He served in HMCS St. Laurent (I) (In command) 1937. He served in HMS President for the Royal Naval Staff College 1938. He was appointed as a Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1939). He served in Staff Operations Officer to Commander-in-Chief RN East Indies 1939. He served in NSHQ as Director Operations Division 1940. He was appointed as A/Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/12/1941). He served in HMCS Avalon as Chief Staff Officer 1941. He was appointed as a Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1943). He served in HMCS Stadacona as Chief of Staff to Commander-in-Chief Canadian North-West Atlantic 1943. He served in H.M.S. Puncher (In command) 1944. He served in NSHQ as Director Naval Air Division 1944. He served in Imperial Defence College 1947. He served in National Defence College on Staff 1947. He was appointed as a Commodore RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1949). He served in NHQ as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans) and Member of the Naval Board 1949. He served as the Commodore RCN Barracks Esquimalt 1951. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 21/11/1951). He served as Flag Officer Atlantic Coast 1951. He served as Flag Officer Atlantic Coast and Commander Canadian Atlantic (NATO Sub-Area) 1952. (He was retired 01/06/1958.) (He was the Flag Officer Commanding Canadian Coronation Review Squadron in 1953)
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Named Features
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Blatherwick, John (1992);
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