Submariners' Association Of Canada East



A presentation of the life of
CDR Steven JENNER
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CDR STEVEN JENNER

Before retired Commander Stephen Jenner RN passed away, he was in communication with the Submarine School in wanting to donate his sword as a Student Award. At the time of his funeral in 2009, many of our members were to attend and were to be overwhelmed. His immediate family had produced a collage of family photos upon which were included his faded and neglected decorations. We were to learn that the family was very unaware of his accomplishments in his naval career which clearly typified the character and modesty of one, Cdr. Stephen Jenner RN. As a result, our association members went to work and researched into bringing those details to light. We are proud in saying that his ‘Sword and Medals’ are now majestically displayed in serving as justification for those accomplishments. An honoured wartime submariner was he. Below is a detailed autobiography, to View

Cdr. Stephen Jenner RN Sword

Before SAOC member Stephen Jenner passed away in 2009, he was in communication with the Submarine School in wanting to donate his sword as a Student Award for the ORO Course at CFNOS Halifax. At the time of his funeral, many of our members were to attend and became overwhelmed. His immediate family had produced a collage of family photos upon which were included his faded and neglected decorations. We were to learn that the family was very unaware of his accomplishments in his naval career which clearly typified the character and modesty of one, Cdr. Stephen Jenner RN. ,
As a result, the medals were re-mounted and association members went to work and researched into bringing those details to light. On the 23 July, 2010 with the family, association members and School Training Staff present, a brief but purposeful unveiling ceremony was conducted. We now stand proud in saying that both, Stephen’s ‘Sword and Medals’ are eternally on display in serving as justification for those accomplishments while recognizing the esteem of Top Students of the ORO Course. An honoured wartime submariner was he. Please read his biography and see the display



His wartime career as a naval officer spanned to serve in several H.M. Submarines including Taku, Rorqual, Una, Sibyl and the Yugoslavian submarine Nebojsa as liaison officer and interpreter. He was heavily decorated and in addition to the War Medal 1939-45 he was also the very rare recipient of five World War II Campaign Stars. These included the 1939-1945 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Africa Star (w. North Africa 1942-43 Clasp), Burma Star and the Italy Star. He was also awarded the UN Medal (w. Korea Clasp). Following the war, he served in Sentinel and Alliance and commanded submarines Thule, Scorcher, Aurochs, Auriga and Telemachus. In 1955, Stephen was assigned as Spare Crew First Lieutenant and Squadron Operations Officer in the Royal Navy’s Sixth Submarine Squadron (SM6) based in Halifax. The squadron comprised of three inter-changing British submarines. After returning to England following his first tenure, he was once again detailed to his former Squadron and appointed as Commander SM6 in 1960.

Well into his retirement, Stephen wanted to donate his personally engraved sword in some significant way. Two stories that typify the ‘Work Hard’, ‘Play Hard’ ethic of the then submariners of the day, Stephen Jenner’s reasoning stemmed from two sword related incidents in his association with the RCN that took place during his lengthy service in Halifax. First, to the best of Commander Jenner’s knowledge, HMCS Stadacona was the last place where an attempt was made to use a naval sword for its original purpose: A young RCN Lieutenant’s girlfriend was pinched by another junior officer, so the Lieutenant challenged the imposer to a duel on the flight deck of a ship from the 7th Escort Squadron. The Admiral became aware and knowing duels to be illegal, quashed the affair. Nevertheless the challenge had been made and it appeared that it was settled (exactly how is unclear) aboard a submarine.

The second story involved the same RCN Lieutenant, who after a Guest Night Dinner at Stadacona, invited the Commander SM back down to his ship to continue the evening’s festivities. “After a few more drinks,” to quote Commander Jenner, “which no one needed (The RCN Lieutenant) proceeded to devastate the cabin with his sword.”

A solution to his wish was therefore found.. Prior to his death and in keeping with the ‘Work hard', 'Play hard’ distinction of the submarine service, Commander Jenner's sword was eagerly accepted by the Canadian Forces Naval Operation School, Submarine Division to serve as an award to the Top Student of the Submarine ORO course.

With a fascinating naval career, Cdr. Stephen Jenner passed away peacefully 19 July. 2009. He was 88 years young



Thanks To Buster Brown ( President of SAOC East) for his time in putting this document together.