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Name: Campbell, David Rank: Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 24, 1941 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 37 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS David Campbell was born May 8, 1903 in Louisbourg, Cape Breton Co., Nova Scotia. He was the husband of Catherine Jane Troke (1905-1925) and Son-in-law of Edward Troke, of Little Lorraine, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 106 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 5 and August 2 Name: Mombourquette, George Rank: Mess Room Boy Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 24, 1941 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 17 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS George Mombourquette was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was the brother of Charles Mombourquette, of Sydney, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 194 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 18, September 15, and November 21 Name: Penny, George Edward Rank: Ordinary Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 24, 1941 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 18 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS George Edward Penny was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was the brother of Mrs. R. Mombourquette, of Sydney, Nova Scotia. Commemorated on Page 209 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 26, September 23, and November 28 Name: Tomiczek, Bruno Rank: Ordinary Seaman Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Date of Death: February 24, 1941 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 35 Memorial: Halifax Memorial, NS Son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Tomiczek of Dominion, Cape Breton Co., Nova Scotia. his brother, Sergeant Victor Tomiczek served during WWII with the Saskatoon Light Infantry and was killed in action died on March 7, 1944. 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
SS Sirikishna
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SS Sirikishna The SS Sirikishna (Leith, Scotland) departed Liverpool, England as part of Convoy OB-288. South of Iceland the convoy was attacked with the loss of seven ships. U-96 struck the SS Sirikishna at 02:20 hours on February 24, 1941 on the port side amidships by one torpedo. The crew of forty-three abandoned the ship. At 08:36 hours, a final hit amidships caused the ship to sink rapidly after breaking in two. SS Sirikishna was the ship of convoy Commodore Rear Admiral R.A.A. Plowden, DSO. The master, the commodore, five naval staff members, 34 crew members and two gunners were lost. Among the lost were four Merchant Seaman with connection to Nova Scotia. The youngest was seventeen year old Mess Room Boy, George Mombourquette of Sydney, Nova Scotia
Sources: Canadian Virtual War Memorial Commonwealth War Graves Commission Mercahant Seaman Death Records (1939-1954) uboat.net