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Dutchy’s Diaries: Life as a Royal Canadian Naval Officer in his own words

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Presenter: Helen Edwards

This carefully researched and faithfully reproduced volume of his journals (1916-1929) begins with Dutchy’s early naval experiences in the theatre of battle during the First World War, then follows his peacetime progress on both coasts of Canada in the “Roaring Twenties.” It continues in a return to the Mediterranean aboard HMS Valiant and concludes with North American patrols in command of HMCS Champlain. In a naval career that spanned nearly four decades and led him to ports of call and engagements around the globe, John “Dutchy” Edwards rose from cadet to Commodore in a career rich in adventure and service to his country.

Helen Edwards is a writer, researcher and heritage professional. She has volunteered and worked in the heritage field since 1976 and has been a director in local, provincial, and national organizations. She is a prolific writer with articles appearing in heritage magazines, local newsletters, and genealogical publications. Helen's extensive research skills and knowledge of family history have immeasurably enriched Dutchy’s journals, bringing his words to life for a worldwide audience and enhancing our understanding of one of the most notable periods in Canada’s emergence onto the world stage.

Visit Helen's website at www.edwardsheritageconsulting.ca

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