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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
   Joseph Burton
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Burton, Joseph Fireman SS Prescodoc (Fort William), Canadian Merchant Navy July 29, 1942 24 Halifax Memorial, Halifax NS Panel 21   Commemorated on Page 104 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 4 and August 1 Joseph Burton was the son of George and Effie Ann Burton, of Cape North, Nova Scotia. The SS Prescodoc was a steam merchant ship owned by  Paterson Steamship Ltd. of Fort William, Ontario.  On July 29, 1942 the ship was en-route from Georgetown, British Guiana to Trinidad  At 10.19 pm  steaming unescorted, the SS Prescodoc  was hit ahead of amidships by one torpedo from U-160 and sank rapidly by the bow north-west of Georgetown, British Guiana. The master, Master John Charles Prowse and 15 crew members including Fireman Joseph Burton were lost. Five crew members were picked up by Predsednik Kopajtic and landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad. U-160 was sunk on July 14, 1943 in the North Atlantic south of the Azores by the escort carrier USS Santee.  All crew members were lost.