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Name: Buckingham, Thomas J. Rank: Second Engineer Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 45 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Thomas Buckingham was the father of Kathleen Buckingham, of Halifax, Nova Scotia Commemorated on Page 103 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 3 and July 31 Name: Burke, John Warren Rank: Able Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 19 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS John Warren Burke was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Howard Burke, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 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 Name: Chisholm, Edwin MacDonald Rank: Engineer Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 21 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Edwin MacDonald Chisholm was the son of Alex and Elizabeth Chisholm, of Trenton, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 112 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 8 and August 5 Name: Cross, Judson James Rank: Fireman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 25 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Judson James Cross was the husband of Gertrude Elizabeth Cross, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 119 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 11 and August 8 Name: Dauphinee, Wilfred Eldon Rank: Ordinary Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 19 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Wilfred Dauphine was the son of Mildred Dauphinee of Eastern Passage, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 123 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 13 and August 10 Name: Driscoll, Kenneth Rank: Able Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 21 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Kenneth Driscoll was the son of Hazel Driscoll of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Hazel Driscoll was the 1988 National Memorial Silver Cross Mother. Commemorated on Page 128 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 16 and August 13 Name: Ettinger, Claude W. Rank: Third Mate Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 31 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Claude Ettinger was the son of Wilber and Lillian M. Ettinger of Noel, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 132 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 18 and August 15 Name: Getson, Frederick Rank: Able Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 25 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Frederick Getson was the son of Eldon Stephen Getson and Mary Evelyn (Publicover) Getson of Le Have, Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 142 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 23and August 20 Name: Getson, Harold Frank Rank: Fourth Mate Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 23 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Harold Getson was the on of Murdock and Helen Getson, of Le Have, Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 132 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 18 and August 15 Name: Hilchey, Eugene A. Rank: Pumpman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 32 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Eugene Hilchey was the son of Charlotte Hilchey, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 155 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 29, August 26, and November 1 Name: Martell, Gerard Roy Rank: Ordinary Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 17 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Gerald Martell was the son of Annie Martell, of Halifax, Nova Scotia Commemorated on Page 183 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 12, September 12, and November 15 Name: Mattatall, Albert Lewis Rank: Mess Room Boy Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 24 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Albert Lewis Mattatail was from Hants Co., NS 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 Name: McCrea, Victor Rank: Mess Room Boy Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 20 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Victor McCrea was the nephew of Foster Keddy, of Port Williams, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 186 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 14, September 11, and November 17 Name: Spofforth, Thomas Joseph Rank: Fifth Engineer Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 42 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Thomas was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Spofforth of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 232 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 6, October 5, and December 10 Name: Stone, Daniel Ralph Rank: Wiper Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Birth: February 17, 1925 Place of Birth: Samsonville, Richmond Co., NS Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 16 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Daniel Ralph Stone was the son of George Henry (1883-1949) and Charlotte (Landry) Stone (1892-1972) of Samsonville, Richmond Co., Nova Scotia. Daniel Ralph Stone was very anxious to join the war effort and made himself older than he was when joining the Merchant Navy after being turned away by the other branches of the service due to his young age. He died just a few weeks short of reaching his 17th birthday. Commemorated on Page 234 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 9, October 6, and December 11 Name: Taylor, Samuel Rank: 2nd Cook Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 28 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Samuel Taylor was the son of Ann Taylor of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Commemorated on Page 238 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 11, October 8, and December 13 Name: Tooker, Charles Rank: Saloon Messman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 17 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Charles Tooker was the nephew of John McCormick of Weymouth, Nova Scotia Commemorated on Page 241 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 12, October 9, and December 14 Name: Vaughan, Owen Havelock Rank: Fifth Engineer Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 11, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 32 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Owen Vaughan was the husband of Florence Margaret Vaughan of Mahone Bay, Lunenburg Co.,Nova Scotia Commemorated on Page 243 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 13, October 10, and December 15
MV Victolite (Victoria)
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Thomas J Spofforth lost on the MV Victolite was the great uncle of the singer/songwriter, Alex MacDonald. The song tells the story of the convoys and the men who served.
MV Victolite was a Canadian Motor tanker vessel of 11,410 tons, built in 1928 by A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow and was owned by Imperial Oil Shipping Co Ltd, Toronto. The home port was Montreal. The MV Victolite was en route from Halifax to Las Piedras, Venezuela unescorted. U-boat 564 first spotted the tanker and missed with a first torpedo at 01:43 hours on February 11, 1942. At 03:28 hours the MV Victolite was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-564 about 260 miles north-north west of Bermuda. The Germans observed the crew abandoning ship in the lifeboats, identified the vessel from her distress signals and then began to shell the tanker for a short time to ascertain that everyone had left. A boarding party in a rubber dinghy went to the abandoned tanker to search for secret documents and diesel oil that could be used to refuel the U-boat, but all safes were open and empty and the fuel found was unsuitable as it was too viscous. The boarding party left after placing four scuttling charges in the engine room. However, the ship still remained afloat after the explosions and U-564 began to shell her again. At 06:05 hours, the U-boat left the completely burning wreck behind after firing 98 rounds from the deck gun into the tanks and the superstructure. The survivors were never found. The master, 44 crew members, and two gunners were lost. Among the lost were the following eighteen merchant seaman with connection to Nova Scotia. The youngest was the sixteen year old Daniel Ralph Stone of Richmond Co., Nova Scotia.
Sources: Canadian Virtual War Memorial Commonwealth War Graves Commission uboat.net forposterityssake.ca