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Stephens, George Leslie

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Title Engineer Rear-Admiral (RCN)
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Birth 02/01/1889 Death 13/04/1979
Place Plympton Place Ottawa
Area Devon Area ON
Country UK Country Canada
 
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Honours CB. CBE.
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Qualifications
 
Biography
He was appointed as an Indentured Apprentice 06/07/1903. He worked in HM Dockyard as an Apprentice. He was qualified as an Engine Fitter. He emigrated to Canada in 1910. In 1955-1966 he served as a Director of Computing Devices of Canada.
 
Military Service
He joined the RN 1903. (Transferred to RCN 04/10/1910). He was appointed as an Engine Room Artificer (2nd Class) RCN (With seniority dated 04/10/1910). He served as Instructor in Engineering Royal Naval College of Canada 1910. (CFR). He was appointed as an A/Artificer Engineer RCN (With seniority dated 16/10/1912). He served in HMCS Niobe for Engineering Department 1912. He was appointed as a Warrant Engineer RCN (With seniority dated 16/10/1912). He was appointed as an A/Engineer Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/11/1915). He was appointed as a Engineer Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 01/11/1915). He served in HMCS Niobe 1915-1917. He served in H.M.S. Cornwallis. He served in H.M.S. Victory. He served in H.M.S. Ramillies 1919. He served in HMCS Patrician 1920. He was appointed as a Consulting Engineer HMC Dockyard Esquimalt 1922. He was appointed as a Engineer Lieutenant-Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/11/1923). He served in HMCS Patriot 1925. He served in HMCS Stadacona for Barracks, Depot Workshop, Minesweepers and as Consulting Engineer HMC Dockyard Halifax 1927. He was appointed as a Engineer Commander RCN (With seniority dated 01/02/1929). He served as Assistant Naval Overseer in UK (Destroyer Program) 1930. He served in HMCS Skeena as Engineer Officer 1931. He served in HMCS Naden as Chief Engineer HMC Dockyard Esquimalt and Senior Naval Officer West Coast 1933. He served in HMCS Naden On Staff of Commanding Officer Pacific Coast and as Chief Engineer HMC Dockyard 1936. He was appointed as a Engineer Captain RCN (With seniority dated 01/07/1940). He served as Engineer-in-Chief 1941. He served in NSHQ as Chief of Naval Engineering Construction and 5th Member of the Naval Board of Canada 1943. He was appointed as a Engineer Rear-Admiral RCN (With seniority dated 01/01/1943). (He was retired 30/09/1946.) (He was considered as one of the founding members of the RCN and the father of modern technology in the navy with the introduction of the engineering, constructor abd electrical branches.)
 
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Named Features The Admirals' Medal was established jointly in the names of Admirals Stephens, Brodeur and Mainguy in 1985.
 
Anecdotes
After his naval service he served as a special advisor to the Minister of National Defence on naval ship repair and maintenance facilities 1946-1952. In 1970 he served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Corps of Commissionaires (Ottawa Branch). He served as the Chairman of the RCN Benevolent Fund 1948-1956.
 
References
Government of Canada The Canadian Navy List Ottawa ON; MacFarlane, John M. (1994); Blatherwick, John (1992); Stephens, Robert (2011); Canada's Admirals and Commodores (3rd ed.) (2016);
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2017-02-05

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