Faulkener, Lieut. Charles E.P.   Faulkener was the last officer in charge of the guard posted at Pachena and Bamfield during the early years of World War 1. There are a few photos of the guards elsewhere in this site. Faulkener had 48 men under his command.
   The west coast wireless stations and the cable station at Bamfield, being part of the British Empire, provided the only method of contacting His Majesty's Ships with the London Admiralty in the North Pacific during the conflict. The cable station provided a wired telegraph connection to Australia and via the Atlantic cables, a connection back to Britain. Obviously this service was so important that some of the wireless stations had their own armed guard for protection. The total number of guards at each station is unknown. They could probably fend off a small raiding party, but would be useless if a warship began shelling the station in an effort to put it out of commission.

Fee   Fee was a 1918 operator at Alert Bay. Somehow he found enough musicians in Alert Bay to form a dance band to entertain the local population.
Fenton, Joe   Photo shows Joe operating at Bull Harbor in the early 1950's. He became a technician at some point and worked out of the shop at Patricia Bay Airport (Victoria YYJ) and retired sometime in the early 1970's.
Field, James H.   Field was the night chief at the CPR telegraph office in Vancouver.  He was hired in February 1908 to take over the Officer In Charge duties at Point Grey, relieving Morse.  Due to ill health he resigned in March of that same year.
Finlay, Robert  
Finlay was a labourer at Estevan in 1935-36.
Fish, Bert  
Bert was the son of Thomas Fish, the keeper at the Nootka Light Station (next light station to the north of Estevan Point) in the 1930's. In June 1933 Gene & Chas Aitkens visited his lightstation.
Fisher, S.  Operator at Ikeda under Arnold.  1915

Fleming, Bill    Bill shows up in a Bull Harbor photo posted by a Mr. Galbasi on Flicker. Photo looks to be from the early 1950's. Suspect he was at Spring Island LORAN in the late 1940's.
Fleming, W   Truck driver at Estevan in 1944.  Might be Bill Fleming above.
Foote, Cecil  
Radio operator on the S.S.'Maquinna' when Gene Aitkens made a trip in August 1936. (The January 20/20 edition of the Colonist lists a C.Foote attending a meeting of the Radio Club.)
Fornby, W.K.  
1916 trainee operator at Cape Lazo.  11 months at $45/mo.
Foulkes, J.  Operator at VAI in 1964

Foxgord, Leslie D.   Name found on an old radio magazine from the radio workshop.  Click to enlarge image.  Foxgord seems to have been a character--see this clipping, or this one some 20 years later, if indeed it is the same person.
Franklin, W.F.   Franklin was the Lighthouse keeper on Merry Island when operator radio operator on the station, Gerald Pike, met with his fatal accident in 1927. See the newspaper clipping here.
Fraser, A.C.  News item (Dec 1907) reports Fraser, late of the Vancouver C.P.R. telegraphs, as been appointed to manage the Point Grey station.  Not certain if he took on the duties as no further mention of him in any record.
Fraser, B.H.  
Assistant Chief Engineer of the Marine Department (unknown whether his title refers to the Ottawa or Victoria office) makes tour of the aids to navigation on the coast in May 1909 with Captain Gaudin and do the site selection for Triangle Island.

Fricker, Reginald Harold   Larry Reid's book has him down as an operator in November 05, 1923. At Pachena 1923-26. By 1928 he had joined the British Columbia Electric Company as an interference expert and accompanied Basil Irvine (Gov't Inspector) travelling about the province eliminating interference at its source.  Here he is, in 1930, with Irvine in their car.  In the same year he and Irvine patented a method of controlling radio interference. See Irvine's listing for the details.

From the "Marlpit", the community newspaper for Coltishall, Horstead, and Great Houtbois--Norfolk England.

   "Nancy met her future husband, Reginald Fricker in London. He had served in the Navy as a Telegraphist during the 1914 - 1918 war. They married and left England in the early 1920s. First to Winnipeg and then to Vancouver Island where Reg was employed at the Marine Radio Station controlling ship movements through the "graveyard" of the Pacific, as it was known to seafarers. Eventually with their two children they stayed many years living a very quiet and self-resourceful existence, supplies being brought in by sea 2 or 3 times a year. It was said that Nancy walked across the island occasionally to fetch her post, etc, and always carried a gun, having apparently become a good shot, as there were many bears and other predators about in those times. Here they remained until 1939 when the family returned to Britain."

      Fricker wrote a history of his working life (Pachena is Chapter 11) and is available here. The narritive is very informative regarding his life at Pachina.  My thanks to Ken at the Royal Navy Communications Branch Museum/Library for the photo and Reg's history.
Gaudin, Capt. James   He was the west coast Agent for the Dominion's Department of Marine and Fisheries in the early 1900's.
George, Kenneth   Officer in charge of the wireless workshop at Esquimalt shortly after the end of WW 1. In 1921 he quit and opened a radio business in downtown Victoria. d. 1926 at 39 years.
George, Kenneth   Officer in charge of the wireless workshop at Esquimalt shortly after the end of WW 1. In 1921 he quit and opened a radio business in downtown Victoria. d. 1926 at 39 years.
Gilbert, George   Born in 1887 in England and was out on the B.C. coast in 1909 on HMS Shearwater, and when he was discharged from the Royal Navy, made his way back to British Columbia. He joined the Canadian Naval Service-Telegraph Branch in 1920 and eventually transferred to the Department of Transport.

   Larry Reid's book has him listed as a 'radio electrician' with the Radio Workshop in Esquimalt on November 05, 1923. Gilbert carried out, with Stephenson and J.D. Taylor, the installation and calibration of the new Pachena Direction Finding Station in 1922. Gilbert was a very capable technician, for instance he read an early article on crystal oscillators, and so made his own crystals and modified some of the west coast transmitters. Using the piezo effect of quartz crystals is a method of providing a very stable (in frequency) transmitted signal. Up to that time the methods used were subject to the effects of wind and rain on the antennas, the equipment room temperature, and a host of other small, but significant when added together, effects. He seems to have been a lead hand in the Esquimalt Workshop for many years.  Was living in Esquimalt in 1931.  He retired in 1952 and died in 1984. His net salary in 1926 was $1,909.50

Hmarried Doris Raine, operator Tommy Raine's only daughter.
Gillesby, Roy   OIC at Spring Island LORAN station in 1950. Operated at Alert Bay some time after Dick Pattinson left.
Gilliland, T. Gordon   1938 and 1939 Victoria born Gord is an operator at Estevan Point. Gilliland was the OIC at Bull Harbor for seven years after Carl Ward transferred out. Gilliland moved down to the Point Grey station after Bull Harbor. Retired January 1969 and passed away in June that year, aged 65.
Glass, R.C (Bob)   Bob was an operator at Estevan Point in June 1942 when the station was shelled by hostile forces. He retired in late 1960's as the chief flight-check technician (group which verifies the accuracy of the various electronic air navigation aids) in the Pacific region of the Ministry of Transport.
Gold, Sam I.   Larry Reid's book mentions Sammy on strength November 05, 1923 as an operator. Operator at Point Grey in the 1920-23 period. He was an early (after 1922) operator at the Pachena DF Station. He appears at Estevan in the 1934 Provincial directory listing.
   Sammy Gold was Marine OIC at the Garden City road transmitter building while Al Miller was a tech at the Vancouver Airport 1948 to 1952.
Graef   Little is known of operator except for this mention in the August 8/14 edition of the QC Islander. It could be a misspelling.  Click image.
Gray, Andy L.   1911 census lists Gray as an operator, born in Scotland in 1888. Andy was a telegrapher with the Glasgow Post Office from 1904 to about 1908. Cape Lazo 1910-11. At Gonzales in 1914 and for the next ten years, according to his son, although a directory has him at Estevan in 1918. 1916 Naval Service records have Andy as the officer in charge at Gonzales receiving $90/month. June 25th 1917 stating amended appointment for Mr. A.L. Gray as W.T. Operator 1st class. Larry Reid's book has him listed as a Victoria radio inspector on November 05, 1923. His 1926 net pay was $2,090.50.  Victoria Radio Inspector in 1927.  Andy was officer in charge of the signals monitoring station (same building as the wireless station) at Point Grey during WW2.  Andy took over Jack Bowerman's duties in 1951. Andy retired in 1953 and passed away in 1974. In 1981 Andy's son wrote a note about his father's career available here.
Gray, Cecil   Radio operator arrived at Estevan Point on August 04, 1933. His name appears on the 1933 station Christmas card. Wife's name was Betty-Lou. Cecil is listed as an operator at Estevan in the period 1934 through to 1937
Gray, Gifford   Joined the wireless service in the 1912 period, most likely from the British Post Office, and served on many of the wireless stations. October 14/16 he passes through Prince Rupert on his way to Digby (PRJ). In 1916 he was the 2nd operator at Gonzales, working with his brother. His rank on January 1918 was RNCVR (Special) W/T operator. 1922 BC Directory lists a G. Gray as an operator at Dead Tree Point. In 1925 he went to Winnipeg to be a radio inspector. He held the position of District Superintendent of Radio in Winnipeg until his retirement on October 17, 1950 with 38 years of service with the Radio Branch of the Dominion Government. Larry Reid's book has him listed as a radio inspector in Winnipeg on November 05, 1923.
Grayson, H.V.   Grayson is an operator at Bull Harbor in 1932.
Green, Arthur Ashdown   His rank on January 1918 was RNCVR (Special) W/T operator. Green was the operator on duty at Triangle Island when the last message from the foundering FPV "Galiano" was received. Vessel vanished with all hands in November 1918 on a trip from Triangle Island Wireless to Ikeda Wireless. Cape Lazo in 1927-30. He also appears in a photo taken at Point Grey Wireless many years later.
Green, Doug   Operator at Comox sometime in the 1960-70 period.  He was the chief radio operator on the CCGS Quadra weather ship for many years.
Greer, Joseph Dickenson   Triangle Island Station was opened late in the year 1910 with Greer as OIC. (Greer moved up from Point Grey February 1910.) In 1910 he was receiving $95 per month as salary. 1911 census has Greer (b.1875 in Australia) on station with his wife Edith and 5 month old son Jack. Greer died in 1936.
Griffin, F.V.   Joined the wireless service in the 1911-12 period, most likely from the British Post Office. Is noted at Digby in the 1910-11 period.