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New book features the story of Yarmouth’s own; Midshipman Malcolm Cann - One of the first four Canadians to die in the First World War May 9, 2011     A   new   book   by   Brian   Elson   entitled,   "First   To   Die   -   The   First   Canadian   Casualties   In   The   First   World   War",   includes   the   story   of   the young Malcolm Cann who died in the sinking of HMS Good Hope November 1, 1914, at the Battle of Coronel. "This   is   a   story   drawn   from   the   early   days   of   the   Canadian   Navy,   an   account   of   four   young   Canadian   seamen   who   were   the   Navy's first   casualties   at   the   beginning   of   the   First   World   War.   Ironically,   many   consider   them   victims   of   incompetent   seamanship   by   a British naval officer. The   four   were   among   the   21   young   men   who   made   up   the   first   class   of   the   Royal   Navy   College   of   Canada,   set   up   in   1911   shortly after   the   Canadian   Navy   itself   was   established   in   1910. All   four   sailors   were   from   Canada's   Maritime   provinces. After   their   training at the College, they were posted to the British Navy for further experience at sea. William   Palmer,   first   in   his   graduating   class,   and Arthur   Silver,   senior   Cadet   Captain,   both   from   Halifax,   were   personally   chosen   by Rear-Admiral   Christopher   Cradock   to   go   to   war   on   the   large   and   powerful   British   vessel   Good   Hope. Their   comrades   John   Hatheway of   Fredericton,   and   Malcolm   Cann   of Yarmouth,   were   also   selected,   to   the   disappointment   of   the   remaining   men.   Within   six   weeks, these   four   much-envied   comrades   were   dead   as   the   British   warship   Good   Hope   went   down   with   no   survivors,   sunk   by   the   German navy. First   to   Die   depicts   the   early   history   of   Canada's   navy   and   the   reality   of   war   at   sea,   experienced   through   the   eyes   of   the   four   young midshipmen   eager   for   adventure.   The   book   is   extensively   illustrated   with   photographs   drawn   from   key   archival   and   private collections. Bryan   Elson   is   a   former   officer   of   the   Royal   Canadian   Navy,   and   a   current   director   of   the   Canadian   Naval   Memorial   Trust   in   Halifax, Nova Scotia. He lives in Halifax. He is the author of Nelson's Yankee Captain and First to Die."    
New Book Features Midshipman Malcolm Cann May 9, 2011