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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
William Aubrey Harvie
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William Aubrey Harvie V/25443 Cook HMCS Raccoon, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve August 28, 1907 Newport, Hants Co., NS June 22, 1940 32 Halifax, NS Kentville, NS Cook Baptist Married Myrtle Harvie (Wife) Kentville, NS September 7, 1942 35 Halifax Memorial Panel 9 Commemorated on Page 80 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 21. One of five children, he was the son of Frank and Grace Harvie and the husband of Myrtle Harvie, of Kentville, Nova Scotia. He was married on June 1, 1933 and the father of five children. At the time of enlistment William was employed as a cook at the Kentville Sanatorium. He served between July 13, 1941 and September 7, 1942 as a cook on HMCS Raccoon. He was lost, killed in action, in the sinking of HMCS Raccoon when it was torpedoed by enemy action. HMCS Raccoon was an armed yacht The ship was purchased by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940, originally known as Halonia. In 1942 the ship was assigned to the naval base at Gaspe to patrol the St. Lawrence River and Gulf and to escort convoys of ships from Quebec to Sydney, Halifax or Newfoundland. HMCS Raccoon was sunk by the German submarine U-165 in the St. Lawrence River on September 7, 1942 while escorting Convoy QS-33. The entire ship's crew of 37 was lost.