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Royal Roads honours crew of HMCS Athabaskan

April 30, 2019
Times Colonist
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School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Assoc. Prof. Geoff Bird spoke to the Times Colonist regarding the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan. Royal Roads University held an event Apr. 29 to honour the 128 lost crew members of the Second World War ship.

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One of those who died in the sinking was the ship’s captain, Lt.-Cmdr. John Stubbs of Kaslo, who spent time at Royal Roads when it was a naval college. His name is also memorialized in Colwood at École John Stubbs Memorial School.

‘So we have two schools on the West Shore that are connected to the same ship,’ said Geoffrey Bird, Royal Roads professor of culture and history, who is also part of the Royal Roads War Heritage Research Initiative.

This story first appeared in the Times Colonist.