Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Ronald William Bernst

In memory of
Able Seaman
Ronald William Bernst
November 24, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number:
V/55264
Age:
19
Force:
Navy
Unit:
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
Division:
H.M.C.S. Shawinigan

Additional Information:

Son of Edward and Rose Alice Louise Bernst (1985 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Vickers Heights, Ontario.

His brother Clarence Robert Bernst died August 29, 1941 while serving with the Lake Superior Regiment (Motor).

Six brothers served in the Second World War or in Korea; their father also served in the Second World War with the Canadian Forestry Corps.

Commemorated on Page 249 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
HALIFAX MEMORIAL ; Nova Scotia, Canada
Grave Reference:
Panel 11.
Location:
The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea. Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives. This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:
1914-1939
1918-1945
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
OF CANADA
WHOSE NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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