Digby Island staff about 1915. Jack Bowerman on far right.
Staff Names F through G
(*The BCD refers to the various British Columbia Business Directories. Their published data may be a year out of date.)
Faulkener, Lieut. Charles E.P. Faulkener was the
last guard officer in charge 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 in the North Pacific during the conflict. This service was deemed so important that some of the wireless stations had their own armed guard to protect the facility. The cable station provided a wired telegraph connection to Australia and via the Canadian landlines, and the Atlantic cables, a connection back to Britain. The 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 dancers.
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, J.H. Field was hired in February 1908 to take over the Officer In Charge duties at Point Grey in February 1908, relieving Morse. He did not stay long as he resigned late in the year 1908 and was replaced by L. James.
Finlay, Robert Finlay worked as a laborer at Estevan in 1935 and 1936.---(BCD*)
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.
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.
Fleming, W Truck driver at Estevan in 1944.
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 learner operator at Cape Lazo. 11 months at $45 per.
Foxgord, L.D. Name found on an old radio magazine from the radio workshop. Nothing else is known about Foxgord.
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 1926. See the newspaper clipping here.
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.
In 1930 he and Basil Irvine patented a method of controlling radio
interference. See Irvine's listing for the details.
"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."
Copied from the "Marlpit", the community newspaper for Coltishall, Horstead, and Great Houtbois--Norfolk England.
Fricker wrote a history of his working life and is available here. 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.
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 retired in 1952 and died in 1984. His net salary in 1926 was
When in his 50's he married Doris Raine, operator Tommy Raine's only daughter.
Gillesby, Roy Operated at Alert Bay some time after Dick Pattinson left.
Gilliland, T. Gordon The 1938 and 1939 BCD* list Victoria born Gord as 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, Bob Glass was an operator at Estevan Point in June 1942 when the station was shelled by a Japanese submarine. He retired in late 1960's as the chief flight check technician in the Pacific region of the Ministry of Transport.
Gold, Sam I. Larry Reid's book has him listed
on 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 directory listing.---(BCD*)
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.
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 the BCD has him at Estevan in 1918. 1916 Naval Service records have Andy as the officer in charge at Gonzales receiving $90/month. Jun 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 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 available here.
Graef All that is known of this operator is this mention in the August 8/14 edition of the QC Islander. It could be a mispelling.
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.---(BCD*)
Gray, Gifford Joined the wireless service in the 1912, 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 open a Department of Transport District office. 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 listed as an operator at Bull Harbor in the 1932 BCD*.
Greer, Joseph Dickenson Triangle Island Station was opened late in the year 1909 with Greer as OIC. 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.
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. He also appears in a photo taken at Point Grey Wireless many years later.
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.