Jamieson, George Edward (Ted)

George Edward (Ted) Jamieson, a member of the Six Nations Upper Cayuga Band, was born in Toronto around 1922. He became a sea cadet in his early teens and, a few years later, a bugler in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the 18-year-old was among the first group of reservists called up in August 1939. After receiving his anti-submarine training in the following fall and winter, he became an able seaman in the gunnery branch, and served on the HMCS Stadacona, the HMCS Drummondville and the HMCS Cornwallis throughout the war.

While on convoy duty during the Battle of the Atlantic, Jamieson helped escort allied ships along Canada’s coasts and across the ocean. In 1951, he was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years of service. He then extended his term with the RCN for another five years. He was also promoted chief petty officer second class (CPO 2) and became one of Canada’s 3,621 naval personnel in the Far East.

During the Korean War (June 1950-July 1953), Jamieson served on board the tribal class destroyer HMCS Iroquois which was assigned its first tour of duty in Korean waters in 1952. Because of his specialized training in anti-submarine warfare, he served as the Chief Torpedo Anti-submarine (TAS) Instructor. As North Korea’s small navy had been destroyed early in the war, naval duties consisted for the most part in blockading the enemy coasts, attacking enemy coastal positions and protecting neighbouring islands. The greatest dangers to naval personnel were mines and enemy shore batteries. The Iroquois became the RCN’s only battle casualty when it was hit from shore October 2, 1952, but Jamieson was unharmed. The next day, the destroyer was back in action bombarding enemy targets on shore. Jamieson remained on board the Iroquois until January 1953.

Upon his return to Halifax in early 1953, he assumed the duties of Chief Boatswain’s Mate. He was also a qualified antisubmarine specialist in the air. In the summer of 1953, he served as a sonar crewman in a U.S. anti-submarine helicopter squadron stationed in North Carolina. Afterward, Jamieson served as Senior Instructional CPO at the TAS School in Halifax. That same year, he was also selected by the RCN to receive the Queen’s Coronation Medal. Then, in 1955, he was promoted CPO First Class – the navy’s most senior NCO rank.

Jamieson retired from the navy in 1960, but maintained an association with it until 1965 by having his name added to the Reserve Emergency List. He began a new career in social services, working as a staff sergeant at a correctional institution for 15 years, and then as a counsellor at a Six Nations’ drug and alcohol centre for 11 years. Jamieson died in Brantford in 1987 at the age of 65.

Further reading

  • Jeff Schlingloff, compiler. Aboriginal Veterans Tribute, 2014. CPO Ted Jamieson. Retrieved March 23, 2016
  • Veterans Affairs Canada. Native Soldiers, Foreign Battlefields. [Ottawa]: Veterans Affairs Canada, 2005. Retrieved March 23, 2016
Biographical Record
Full Name Jamieson, George Edward (Ted)
Also Known As Jamieson, Ted
Heritage Haudenosaunee
Band Name Upper Cayuga Band
Band Location Six Nations Grand River, ON
Birthplace Toronto, ON
Date of Death 1987-01-01
Biographical Notes A Specialist in anti-submarine techniques, Ted Jamieson instructed sailors aboard the Iroquoisduring the Korean War., He later joined a helicopter anti-submarine squadron., For George Edward (Ted) Jamieson, there truly was no life like the navy. The Toronto-born member of the Six Nations Upper Cayuga Band was a sea cadet in his early teens and, a few years later, a bugler in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the 18-year-old was among the first group of reservists called up., He was still with the navy when the Korean War erupted. During the Second World War, Jamieson, an able seaman90 in the gunnery branch, served on the HMCS Stadacona, the HMCS Drummondville and the HMCS Cornwallis., On convoy duty in the Battle of the Atlantic, he helped escort Allied ships along Canada’s coasts and across the ocean. Jamieson was aboard the tribal class destroyer HMCS Iroquois when it was assigned its first tour of duty in Korean waters in 1952., The year before he had been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) for 12 years of service, and had recently extended his term with the RCN for another five years. At this point a chief petty officer second class (CPO 2),91 he became one of Canada’s 3,621 naval personnel in the Far East., On board the Iroquois, Jamieson employed the specialized training he had received in anti-submarine warfare, serving as the Chief Torpedo Anti-submarine (TAS) Instructor., In Korea, however, naval duties were unusual. Because North Korea’s small navy had been destroyed early in the war, RCN crews faced no threats from enemy destroyers., Submarines also posed no danger, although their presence was always considered possible. For the most part, the RCN ships in Korea blockaded the enemy coasts, attacked enemy coastal positions and protected neighbouring islands., In the absence of enemy warships, the greatest dangers to naval personnel were mines and enemy shore batteries. The Iroquois became the RCN’s only battle casualty when it was hit from shore October 2, 1952. Stationed on the Sea of Japan on the east coast, the destroyer was firing at a railway line when it came under attack., Three men died, two suffered serious wounds and eight sustained minor injuries. Jamieson was unharmed. The next day, the destroyer was back in action bombarding enemy targets on shore. Jamieson remained on board the Iroquois until January 1953., While returning to Halifax, he assumed the duties of Chief Boatswain’s Mate.92 The veteran sailor was also a qualified antisubmarine specialist in the air. In the summer of 1953, he served as a sonar93 crewman in a U.S. anti-submarine helicopter squadron stationed in North Carolina. Afterward, Jamieson served as Senior Instructional CPO at the TAS School in Halifax, where he oversaw instructors and prepared course material and examinations., That year he was also selected by the RCN to receive the Queen’s Coronation Medal. In 1955, he was promoted CPO First Class – the navy’s most senior NCO rank., CPO Jamieson retired from the navy in 1960, but maintained an association until 1965 by having his name added to the Reserve Emergency List., He began a new career in social services, working as a staff sergeant at a correctional institution for 15 years, and then as a counsellor at a Six Nations’ drug and alcohol centre for 11 years., Jamieson died in Brantford in 1987 at the age of 65. Cf. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/public/pages/remembrance/those-who-served/aboriginal-veterans/native-soldiers/natives_e.pdf
Conflict WWII, Korea
CEF Unit RCN
CEF Branch Navy
Rank CPO
Age at Enlistment 18
Service History R.C.N. Bio, Korea, Senior Instructional
Age at death 65
Other links https://www.veterans.gc.ca/public/pages/remembrance/those-who-served/aboriginal-veterans/native-soldiers/natives_e.pdf
Photo https://www.veterans.gc.ca/public/pages/remembrance/those-who-served/aboriginal-veterans/native-soldiers/natives_e.pdf
Identifier 3934