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Name: John Jeremiah Boudreau Rank: Leading Seaman Service No: A/1180 Service: Royal Canadian Navy Reserve HMCS Raccoon Date of Birth: July 2, 1910 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: December 22, 1939 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 29 Height: 5 feet, 8 inches Complexion: Fresh Hair Color: Blonde Eye Color: Hazel Martial Status: Single (At Enlistment) Trade: Seaman Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mary C. Trask (Sister) Cliff St., Yarmouth NS (At Enlistment) Hilda May Boudreau (Wife) Yarmouth, NS (August 1940) Date of Death: September 7, 1942 Age at Death: 32 Memorial: Halifax Memorial (Halifax, Nova Scotia) Memorial Reference: Panel 6 The 14th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 59 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 11 John was the son of Jeremiah Boudreay and and Etta Mary (Hewlow) Boudreau, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and husband of Hilda May Boudreau, of Yarmouth. He was married on August 7, 1940. At the time of his enlistment he was employed as a seaman on the SS Lord Nelvin. He served in HMCS Stadacona from December 22, 1930 and was assigned to HMCS Ulna from January 9, 1940. On May 18, 1940 he served on HMCA Raccoon. HMCS Raccoon was an armed yacht that was purchased by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940. The ship was originally known as Halonia. HMCS Raccoon was sunk by U-165 in the St. Lawrence River on September 7, 1942. HMCS Raccoon was escorting Convoy QS-33 at the time. The entire ship crew was lost. George Manuel Adams (Yarmouth War Memorial) also died September 7, 1942 on HMCS Raccoon.
John Jeremiah Boudreau
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