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Name: Charles Louis Pothier Rank: Able Seaman Service No: V/4752 Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve HMCS Athabaskan Date of Birth: June 26, 1924 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: March 4, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address At Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 17 Height: 5 feet, 8 inches Weight: 123 lbs Complexion: Medium Eyes: Brown Hair: Brown Trade: Butcher/Textile Worker Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mrs Elizabeth Pothier [Mother] Yarmouth, NS Mrs. Donald Morton [Sister] Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: April 29, 1944 Age at Death: 19 Cemetery: Brest (Kerfautras) Cemetery (Finistere, France) Grave Reference: Plot 46. Row 5. Grave 15. The 93rd name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 419 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 6 Charles Louis Pothier was the son of Pius and Isabelle Pothier, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to his enlistment he was employed by Cosmos Imperial Mills Ltd., Yarmouth. He served as follows: Duty Division Headquarters April 22, 1942 - April 27, 1942 Protector April 27, 1942 - April 30, 1942 Cornwallis May 1, 1942 - September 8, 1942 Stadacona September 9, 1942 - October 27, 1942 Tribal II October 28, 1942 - January 2, 1943 RNB Chatham January 3, 1943 - July 3, 1943 Niobe July 4, 1943 - July 19, 1943 Marlborough July 20, 1943 - September 15, 1943 Niobe September 16, 1943 - October 7, 1943 Athabascan October 8, 1943 - During the early hours of April 29. 1944, Athabaskan was patrolling with her sister Tribal-class destroyer Haida in support of a British mine laying operation off the coast of France. Admiralty orders were received to intercept German warships near Ile de Bas and during the subsequent engagement with German naval vessels, Athabaskan was torpedoed and sank. 128 men were lost, 44 were rescued by Haida and 83 were taken prisoner by three German minesweepers sortied from the coast after the departure of Haida. Irvin Vincent Amiro (on the Yarmouth War Memorial) also died April 29, 1944 on HMCS Athabaskan. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial Library and Archives Canada
Charles Louis Pothier
HMCS Athabaskan