Dr. John “Jock” Robinson enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in Port Arthur, Ontario in April of 1942 at the age of seventeen and a half. Following in the bootsteps of his father, who served in the First World War, Jock trained first as a wireless operator in St. Hyacinth, Quebec. He was stationed out in St. John’s, Newfoundland sending radio signals to ships, but by February of 1943 was on H.M.C.S. Bittersweet for convoy duty. He sailed from Victoria to Halifax through the Panama Canal, as well on the North Atlantic. He was made an officer during this period, and moved to the Kingston to oversee a sea cadet camp on the Rotary Islands.
Jock found this experience to be most enjoyable, but his favourite experience during the war was being the Captain of a tugboat. Unfortunately, the tugboat soon encountered engine troubles and spent the remainder of the war in the yard waiting to be fixed. The poor tugboat was eventually scrapped with the ending of the war and Jock finished as a Lieutenant in the R.C.N.V.R.
In 1946, Jock started the two year pre-med program at the University of Toronto. Once graduated, he and his wife Geraldine settled down in Flesherton, Ontario where he was employed as the town’s general practitioner. He and his wife still live in Flesherton, and though retired still remain active community members.
Top Image: Jock in Uniform
Lower images from left to right
- Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (circular, green, scarlet, royal blue)
- War Medal 1939-1945 (circular, red, white, blue)
- 1939-45 Star (red, blue, light blue)
- Atlantic Star (blue, white, sea green)
- Jock in uniform, standing