John Wallace Thomas
The Pacific fleet of the Canadian Pacific Railway tended to hire its officers from the Royal Naval Reserves, and much was made of their long and faithful service to the company, including John Wallace, RNR.
Second World War
Captain Thomas commanded the 26,000-ton Empress of Scotland (originally named RMS Empress of Japan) throughout the Second World War. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his handling of the ship during an attack by the Luftwaffe off the coast of Ireland on November 9, 1940. Captain Thomas was the only member of the Canadian Merchant Marine to receive the CBE during the war.
- The Valiants Memorial: John Wallace Thomas The Valiants Foundation, 2004. Retrieved December 8, 2006.
- Master Mariners of Canada: graphic and photos of Thomas bust at Valiants Memorial
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