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Name: Osborne Charles Nickerson Rank: Able Seaman Service No: A/4429 Service: Royal Canadian Navy Reserve HMCS Ville de Quebec Date of Birth: March 24, 1918 Place of Birth: West Head, Shelburne Co., NS Date of Enlistment: April 2, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address at Enlistment: Seal Island, Yarmouth Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 23 Height: 5 inches 10 ½ inches Complexion: Medium Hair: Dark Brown Eyes: Blue Marital Status: Single Trade: Fisherman Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Mrs. Matilda Nickerson [Mother] Seal Island, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Death: December 6, 1944 Age: 26 Cemetery: Milford Haven Cemetery (Wales) Grave Reference: Sec. E. Grave 422. Commemorated on page 405 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 30 One of nine children, Osborne Charles Nickerson was the son of Walter and Matilda Nickerson, of Clyde River, Shelburne Co., of Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to his enlistment he was a fisherman for six years. He served on HMCS Ville de Quebec from November, 24 1942 until his death from drowning on December 6, 1943. He first served on HMCS Sorel between August 20, 1941 and April 15, 1942 before transfer to HMCS Niobe on April 16, to November 23, 1942. On the night of December 6, 1944, Able Seaman Nickerson was last seen alive about 9:00 pm proceeding to a liberty boat which was returning ratings to their ship from shore leave. As he was not amongst those who returned in the craft it is believed, as it was a very dark night, that he fell into the harbour basin and was accidentally drowned. His body was recovered at Milford Haven, Pembroke Co., Wales, on January 3, 1945. The reference in the attached article refers to U-224. This uboat was sunk on January 13, 1943 in the Mediterranean Sea west of Algiers, by depth charges and ramming from the Canadian Corvette HMCS Ville de Quebec. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
Osborne Charles Nickerson
Photo: Commonwealth Roll Of Honour Project. Volunteer Evelyn Symmonds