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 Percy D. Forbes Regiment/Service: Canadian Merchant Navy Rank: Pantryman Unit Text: S.S. Vancouver Island (Montreal) Date of Birth: September 6, 1891 Place of Birth: Central Argyle, Yarmouth Co., NS Percy D. Forbes was the son of Captain Charles Hiram Forbes [1860 - 1927] and Laura Etta [Spinney] Forbes, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. On October 15,  1941 the unescorted SS Vancouver Island was sighted by U-558 at 9:54 pm.  U-558 manoeuvred to a favourable attack position and fired a spread of three torpedoes at 10:49 pm. The ship was hit in the fore part and amidships and stopped but did not sink. The U-boat fired two more torpedoes hitting the ship and causing her to sink fast by the stern. The master, 64 crew members, eight gunners, and 32 passengers were lost.  Date of Death: October 15, 1941 Age at Death: 50 [Official records list age as 45] Memorial: Halifax Memorial (Nova Scotia, Canada) Memorial Reference: Panel 18. The 42nd name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 136 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 20 and August 17 Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada 
 Percy D. Forbes
SS Vancouver Island
photo: Myrna Burgoyne