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Second Radio Officer Maude Elizabeth Steane

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Second Radio Officer Maude Elizabeth Steane

Birth
Ontario, Canada
Death 14 Aug 1944 (aged 26–27)
Italy
Burial Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy
Plot VI. C. 2.
Memorial ID 56564563 View Source
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Military Service-
Rank: Second Radio Officer
Age: 28
Force: Merchant Navy
Unit: Canadian Merchant Navy
Division: S.S. 'Viggo Hansteen' (of Norway)

While working as a clerk at Toronto Hydro in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Maude Steane enrolled at the Radio College of Canada to qualify as a Wireless Operator - 2nd Class. In May 1944, after completing this training, she joined the American-built merchant ship S.S. 'Viggo Hansteen'; the ship had been transferred to Norwegian registry for emergency war transport and was in New York City's port. Because women who had graduated with their radio operator tickets were banned from joining Canadian or any other Commonwealth ships, Maude had had to look elsewhere for work.

Daughter of Fredrick W. Steane and Elizabeth Amy Steane of Toronto.

Second Radio Officer Maud Elizabeth Steane is commemorated on Page 233 of Canada's Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance.

Second Radio Officer Steane is one of eight Canadian Women Mariners killed in action during wartime, and commemorated on a War Memorial Plaque, ceremoniously unveiled on 19 May 2002; it is affixed to an old-fashioned bandstand in Veteran's Park in Langford, British Columbia, Canada. It is believed to be the first world-wide war memorial dedicated to women merchant mariners who died at their posts in the two World Wars.
Those eight Women Mariners are:-
Stewardess Eliza (DEAN) KENNEDY,
Stewardess Jane (FOSTER) JOHNSTONE,
Stewardess Mary Elizabeth OLIPHANT,
Stewardess Hannah Russell (CRAWFORD) BAIRD,
Stewardess Lillie (COOK) GORBELL,
Second Cook Eileen POMEROY,
Stewardess Bride FITZPATRICK and
Second Radio Officer Maude Elizabeth STEANE.


Inscription

MAUD E. STEANE
RADIO OFFICER
S. S. "VEGGO HANSTEEN"
14TH AUGUST 1944 AGE

HER LIFE
WAS A WORDLESS SERMON
IN COURAGE
AND UNDERSTANDING.


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  • Maintained by: SJB Hearn
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 56564563
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/56564563/maude-elizabeth-steane : accessed ), memorial page for Second Radio Officer Maude Elizabeth Steane (1917–14 Aug 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56564563, citing Florence War Cemetery, Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy ; Maintained by SJB Hearn (contributor 46864594) .