--April 12, 2011.
My name is Brian David Dougherty and I am emailing you from Prince George, British Columbia. The reason for this email - I'm inquiring about the gun that is located in City Square in Buckingham, Quebec. That gun is off of HMCS BUCKINGHAM.
My Uncle, Lyle Dougherty (now deceased) was stationed aboard the BUCKINGHAM during WW2. That gun was the one that my uncle Lyle used to operate while stationed on board the frigate. My other uncle, Keith Dougherty, was in the Canadian Merchant Marine during WW2.
My family came from Northern Ireland a long time ago and settled in the Ottawa Valley / Beachburg-Pembroke, Ontario, area. I still have Relatives in the Ottawa area.
My Uncle Lyle was named after his Uncle - LYLE GEORGE DOUGHERTY - who was killed in action on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917 at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. LYLE GEORGE DOUGHERTY was in the Eastern Ontario Regiment, 38th Bn - part of the Fourth Division that fought for Hill 145. LYLE GEORGE DOUGHERTY'S name is engraved on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in Vimy Ridge, France.
He was 18 YEARS OF AGE when he was killed on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917.
There is a newspaper article from 2005 in the (I think) Beachburg, Ontario, newspaper that commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the End of WW2. My Uncle Lyle Dougherty was interviewed in the newspaper. I recently found the newspaper that my father had kept over the years.
In the article my uncle is quoted as saying, in regards to the gun, that he was the one that used to pull the trigger. I wanted to know if I can receive more information about this. Where can I find / do research on it.
Also, I learned through the newspaper article that HMCS BUCKINGHAM was the only Canadian frigate during WW2 to capture and tow a German submarine into a Canadian port - Shelbourne, Nova Scotia. It was the only German u-boat captured during the war by a Canadian frigate.
Can You Please help provide me with more information?
Brian David Dougherty
Prince George, BC