Many Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the Royal Navy during the First World War, providing much needed personnel, and emphasizing the strong Imperial ties between both dominions and Great Britain.
Sub-Lieutenant Douglas Urry was one of many Canadians who served in the Royal Navy's motor launches.
Urry was a member of the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve, indicated by the "wavy" cuff insignia (left sleeve). He served in several motor launches during the war, patrolling the English Channel in support of antisubmarine nets and minefields. The Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve was established in 1914 to train suitable civilians and sailors who could be integrated into the Royal Navy or the Royal Canadian Navy during times of war.
George Metcalf Archival Collection