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SS Cornwallis
SS Cornwallis In the early morning of December 3, 1944, the SS Cornwallis a Merchant Navy steam ship was off the coast of Maine en route to St John, New Brunswick. The ship had departed Barbados on November 20, 1944 with a cargo of sugar and molasses. Cornwallis carried a crew of forty-eight, including seven gunners. At 6:00 am a torpedo from U-boat 1230 struck the forward section of the ship and within ten
Nova Scotia Casualties SS Cornwallis
minutes SS Cornwallis perished. The master, thirty-five crew members, and seven gunners were lost including fifteen crew members from Nova Scotia. Five survivors were rescued. It is believed the radio operator managed to send an SOS as the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia radio station received a report of a submarine sighting on the surface at 6:05 off Desert Rock. Air and surface craft searched the area of Mt. Desert Rock on the intelligence of the signal received in Yarmouth.
Lawrence Douglas Cleveland 2nd Steward SS Cornwallis (Vancouver), Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 25 (Queens Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 114 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 9, and August 6 Lawrence Douglas Cleveland was the son of Letitia Cleveland, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Joseph Gerald Comeau Ordinary Seaman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver), Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 18 (Digby Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 115 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 9, and August 6 Joseph Gerald Comeau was the son of Mary Marthe Comeau, of Little Brook, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Stephen Fowler Able Seaman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver), Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 43 (Colchester Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 137 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 20, and August 17 Stephen Fowler was the son of Patrick and Emma Fowler, of Conception Bay, Newfoundland and husband of Laura J. Fowler, of Stewiacke, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Jacob George Hodder Mess Room Steward SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 21 (Cape Breton Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 156 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 30, August 27 and November 22 Jacob George Hodder was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Hodder, of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Norman Hagar Kenney Abe Seamn SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 19 (Yarmouth Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 156 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 30, August 27 and November 22 Norman Kenney was the son of Norman Loran and Leora Gurda (Hagar) Kenney, of Lower Argyle, Yarmouth Co., NS. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
James Bernard Edward MacDougall Fireman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 24 (Cape Breton Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 179 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 10, September 7 and November 13 James Bernard Edward MacDougall was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William MacDougall, of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Wendell Gregory MacLellan Abe Seaman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 20 (Cape Breton Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 180 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 11, September 8, and November 14 Wendell Gregory MacLellan was the son of John and Jessie MacLellan, of Alder Point, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Harold Benjamin Dennis May Third Radio Officer SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 17 (Halifax Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 184 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 13, September 10, and November 16 Harold Benjamin Dennis May was the son of Mary Elizabeth May, of East Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
John Murray Carpenter SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy Honours and Awards: British Empire Medal December 3, 1944 Age: 62 (Halifax Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 200 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 21, September 18, and November 24 John Murray was the husband of Rita Murray, of Halifax, Nova Scotia The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
George Frederick Olsen Pantryman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 17 (Cape Breton Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 204 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 23, September 20, and November 26 George Frederick Olsen was the son of Mabel Olsen, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
William Joseph Quilty Fireman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 23 (Cape Breton Co., NS Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 215 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 29, September 26, and December 1 William Joseph Quilty was from North Sydney, Nova Scotia. William (on right in photo), and his best friend, George Whalen (on left) both served in the Royal Canadian Navy, and were serving as temporary crew on the SS Cornwallis when the the ship was torpedoed by U-1230. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Emerson Horace Robinson Master SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 36 (Halifax Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 219 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 1, September 28, and December 3 Emerson Horace Robinson was the husband of Edith Robinson, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
James Albert Roy Boatswain SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 34 (Pictou Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 221 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 2, September 29, and December 4 James Albert Roy was the son of Mary Roy, of Pictou, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Roger Galloway Smith Ordinary Seaman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 19 (Halifax Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 230 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 7, October 4, and December 9 Roger Galloway Smith was the son of Maud Smith, of Necum Teuch, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
John Joseph Walsh Chief Radio Officer SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 24 (Halifax Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 245 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 14, October 11, and December 16 John Joseph Walsh was the son of Richard and Alice Walsh, of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
George Whalen Fireman SS Cornwallis (Vancouver) Canadian Merchant Navy December 3, 1944 Age: 21 (Cape Breton Co., NS) Listed on the Halifax Memorial, Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 246 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 15, October 12, and December 17 George Whalen was the son of Mary Whalen, of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. George Whalen (on left in photo), and his best friend, William Quilty (on the right), both served in the Royal Canadian Navy, and were serving as temporary crew on the SS Cornwallis when the the ship was torpedoed by U-1230. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial