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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
   John Rory MacNeil
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MacNeil, John (Rory) Roderick A/2447 Stoker 1st Class HMCS Mayflower, Royal Canadian Naval Reserve September 12, 1912 Glace Bay, Cape Breton, NS July 24, 1940 27 Halifax, NS Barra Glen, Victoris Co., NS Fireman/Oiler (SS Rosecastle) Roman Catholic Single Mary MacNeil (Mother) Barra Glen, Victoris Co., NS October 1, 1942 30 Londonderry (Or Derry) City Cemetery   R.C. Plot. Sec. M. Grave 7.  Commemorated on Page 93 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 28 and February 29 John was the son of John A. J. MacNeil and Mary MacNeil, of Barra Glen, Victoria Co., Nova Scotia.  One of fifteen children, he was five feet, nine inches in height with brown hair and blue eyes. He served as Stoker on HMCS Stadacona from July 24, 1940 until January 9, 1941 and on HMCS Mayflower from January 10, 1941 until his death on October 1, 1942.  HMCS Mayflower, a Corvette of the Flower Class with a Pennant/Hull Number of K 191, had a complement of 6 officers and 76 men. It served on convoy escort duty in the Atlantic during the Second World War. On October 1, 1942 John MacNeil was reported missing and failed to rejoin his ship before it sailed from port on October 3.  His body was discovered on October 13, at Berth 71 in the river at Londonderry and identified.  An inquest was held and determined that cause of death was drowning by accident.  There was no evidence to show when, where, or how his body entered the water.  He was buried at Londonderry on October 14, 1942.    
HMCS Mayflower