TD2. RCN 10232. Killed 16th June 1955. Aged 24. A native
of Goderich, Ontario, “Verne” McLeod joined the RCN
in 1949. He served in Korea aboard HMC Ships Athabaskan and Huron.
He was a member of the second group of RCN volunteers to undergo
submarine training in England where he arrived early in January,
1955. He left behind a wife and two daughters, one aged two years,
the other but six weeks old whom he had never seen.
This photograph, provided courtesy of the McLeod family, was taken
on 2 June, 1951 shortly after his return from his first deployment
in Korea. He was 20.
Submarine Volunteer Memorial
Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Aged 27. Killed 16th
June 1955. General Service Surgeon who was found suffocated at the
foot of the conning tower when the submarine was raised. He suffocated
because he was wearing a D.S.E.A. Set that he was not trained in
the use of, and therefore it was likely that he could not open the
oxygen valve. This brave officer was postumously awarded the Albert
medal for his efforts in putting himself in danger in order to save
Gazette 1st NOvember 1955, Gazette Issue 40621, page 13 of 56.
1st November, 1955.
The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous
award of the Albert Medal for gallantry in saving life at sea to:—
Temporary Surgeon Lieutenant Charles Eric RHODES, M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S.,
An explosion occurred in H.M. Submarine SIDON in Portland Harbour
on, 16th June, 1955, which later caused the submarine to sink. Surgeon
Lieutenant Rhodes was among the first to enter the SIDON after the
explosion and, in spite of the total darkness and dense smoke, he
brought out an injured man to safety. He then put on a Davis Submarine
Escape Apparatus and re-entered the submarine with morphia to give
further help to the injured. In doing so he greatly prejudiced his
chance of escape, He was not a submarine officer and was not familiar
with the use of the breathing apparatus or the lay-out inside a
submarine. In spite of these handicaps and the pitch darkness his
only thoughts were for those within the submarine; he had no hesitation!
in re-entering the SIDON and he succeeded in helping two more men
to escape before the submarine sank. Surgeon Lieutenant Rhodes'
gallant and selfless act in helping to save the lives of others
cost him his own life.