Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Gordon William Gage

In memory of
Ordinary Seaman
Gordon William Gage
January 3, 1918

Military Service:

Service Number:
VR/3255
Force:
Navy
Unit:
Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
Division:
H.M. Trawler

Additional Information:

Commemorated on Page 412 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
HALIFAX MEMORIAL ; Nova Scotia, Canada
Grave Reference:
Panel 1.
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.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of GORDON WILLIAM GAGE – Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial – The panel on the Halifax Memorial at Point Pleasant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada whereon Gordon William Gage's name is inscribed.
Image taken in November 2017 by Tom Tulloch.
  • Vessel – An image of HM Whaler Chchalot, similar to HM Whaler Blackwhale, in which George William Gage was serving as an Ordinary Seaman RNCVR when the ship was sunk by a German mine during World War I.
Blackwhale was built by Smiths Dock Company, Limited in Middlesbrough, England in 1915 as a coastal anti-submarine escort for the Royal Navy.   She was 237 grt and armed with a single 12-pounder gun.  While escorting a convoy off East Fife Ness in the North Sea on 3 January 1918, HM Whaler Blackwhale struck a mine and sank.  Twelve of the crew, including George William Gage were killed.

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