Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Jerome Denny Bright

In memory of
Ordinary Seaman
Jerome Denny Bright
December 7, 1941

Military Service:

Service Number:
V/17524
Age:
17
Force:
Navy
Unit:
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
Division:
H.M.C.S. Windflower

Additional Information:

Son of the Revd. Denny Bright and Violet Ruth Bright, of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 24 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 8.
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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  • Memorial – Memorial in memory of Jerome Denny Bright who died on December 7, 1941 on Manitoulin Island.

Jerome's father Denny Bright, an Anglican minister, took Jerome to Manitoulin Island near South Baymouth in 1936 at age 12.

He also took Jerome there when he was on leave in 1941 and stayed on the Island while Jerome returned to Halifax, so it was the last time he saw his son.

It was believed that Denny purchased the land in 1946, and his family created a plaque to honour Jerome Bright.
  • Inscription
  • Book of Remembrance – source: City of London Remembrance Book (online)
  • HMCS Windflower – HMCS WINDFLOWER c 1940/41.  Image Ken Macpherson, Naval Museum of Alberta
  • Newspaper Clipping – This article appeared May 2006 in The Banner, the newsletter of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario. Jerome Denny Bright's name appears on the church Honour Roll plaque.
  • Newspaper article – This article appeared May 2006 in The Banner, the newsletter of the Church of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario. Jerome Denny Bright's name appears on the church Honour Roll plaque.

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