Victoria, British Columbia
Died: Jun 14,1962
Francis Merrick Bayfield-Davis, born April 24, 1927 at West Derby, Lancaster, England, lived at Victoria, British Columbia before enlistment June 29, 1953. Bayfield-Davis served with the Royal Canadian Navy as a Lieutenant Commander attached to HMCS Naden during the Cold War. Part of the Standard Swimming Unit, the unit included an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, Underwater Demolition Team, Beach Clearance and Attack Teams. The Canadian Divers trained along the West Coast of British Columbia for mine disposal using Clearance Diver Breathing Apparatus (CDBA) from the Naden, an escort maintenance ship, based at Esquimalt, British Columbia. On June 14, 1962, Lieutenant Commander Francis Merrick Bayfield-Davis died after his CDBA failed during diving operations at Esquimalt. Bayfield-Davies is commemorated on Page 117 in the ‘In the Service of Canada’ Book of Remembrance. Son of Eric and Frances Kathleen Victoria (nee Harding) Bayfield-Davis of East Dart Hotel, Postbridge, Devon, England; brother of Cedric Harold, Alexandria and Patricia Bayfield-Davis; husband of Nancy J. Bayfield-Davis and father of Helen Bayfield-Davis; he was 35 years old. Following Bayfield-Davis’ death, the Royal Canadian Navy developed acoustically/magnetically safe scuba gear. "At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."