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Elmo Retlaw Farewell
In memory of
Elmo Retlaw Farewell
December 7, 1941
- Service Number:
- Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
- H.M.C.S. Windflower
Son of Retlaw and Maude L. Farewell, of Swan River, Manitoba. Brother of Albert Farewell and Irene Lillian Farewell (Wilson/Petruk).
Elmo was born in 1922 in Creelman, Saskatchewan but lived most of his life in Birch River and Swan River, Manitoba.
He was the youngest of three children (brother Albert who served in the army and sister Irene) of Maude and Retlaw Farewell.
He was a prominent hockey and baseball player in Swan River during his high school years. A newspaper article describes him as “a well respected and likable lad, having a cheery disposition”.
Prior to enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves (R.C.N.V.R.), he worked in Flin Flon and was employed by North Star Fuel and Ice as a teamster.
Elmo was among 23 Canadians lost at sea when the HMCS Windflower was rammed by a freighter off the Grand Banks in dense fog.
His Lieutenant, Frank A Bryan, described him as a “splendid lad”.
- HALIFAX MEMORIAL ; Nova Scotia, Canada
- Grave Reference:
- Panel 8.
- 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:
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
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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