After almost 4 years sailing the globe with the Royal Navy, Able Seaman Hayward Young is assigned to the Royal Naval Station Dartmouth just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is October 22, 1943. A lot had changed since Hayward first arrived in Halifax in January 1940.  For one thing the population of Halifax doubled during the war.

Shortly after his arrival back in halifax, Hayward is reassigned to the nearby HMS Seaborn, a Royal Naval Air Station at RCAF Station Dartmouth.

Sometime in early 1944, Hayward would meet up with a fellow Newfoundlander. Her name is Olive Leona May Stone. Olive is serving in the RCAF and is stationed at RCAF Station Dartmouth. It is believed that the two had at least exchanged glances back in 1940 in St, John’s Newfoundland.

On the 12 of September 1944, Hayward and Olive are married in Halifax County, Nova Scotia.



Since Halifax was the western terminus for most Atlantic convoys, the British established HMS Seaborn, a Royal Naval Air Section (RNAS) lodger unit, at RCAF Station Dartmouth in September 1940. The RNAS was under the full jurisdiction of the Royal Navy, however, the RCAF provided a hanger and administrative buildings. The initial role for HMS Seaborn was to provide a shore base for Swordfish and Walrus aircraft assigned to ships of the Royal Navy’s Third Battle Squadron. However, as the convoy system gained momentum HMS Seaborn’s prime role was reassembling replacement Swordfish aircraft for the Merchant Aircraft Carriers. The RNAS also provided maintenance and shelter for Fleet Air Arm aircraft while disembarked from their parent Escort Aircraft Carriers and Merchant Aircraft Carriers docked in Halifax harbour. After the end of the Second World War HMS Seaborn was disbanded in January 1946.

SOURCE: the the 12 of September 1944