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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Harold Joseph Hemsworth
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Hemsworth, Harold Joseph V/37509 Engine Room Artificer 5th Class HMCS Quinte, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve December 12, 1942 20 Bedford Gate Of Heaven Cemetery , Bedford, NS Sec. 4. Plot K. Grave 93 Commemorated on Page 81 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 22 Harold Hemsworth was the son of Albert D. Hemsworth and Ida Hemsworth, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He died the result of accidentally drowning while HMCS Quinte was beached at St. Peter’s Canal. HMCS Quinte, after completing a six-week refit at Lunenburg, had requested permission to enter Halifax to oil as the ship was low on oil. Permission was denied and HMCS Quinte was ordered to proceed without stopping at Halifax. As a result, she ran out of fuel oil, drifted and was driven ashore in a storm, grounding on November 29, 1942. She was towed by Q090 to the entrance of St. Peter's Canal where she was beached - started settling and eventually sank, rolling on her side. Salvage work continued throughout most of the winter, and on April 25, 1943, the ship arrived at Pictou, in tow, for additional repairs that were completed in June, 1944.