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John William Fraser

In memory of:

Horseman John William Fraser

October 20, 1916
North Atlantic

Military Service




Merchant Navy


Canadian Merchant Navy


S.S. Cabotia (Glasgow, Scotland) (111273)

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January 1, 1876

Son of Mrs. Margaret Fraser, of 726, Roger's Building, Vancouver, British Columbia.

On 20 October 1916, the Cabotia was en route from Montreal, Quebec, to Manchester, England. At around 12:20 pm, the U-69 on the surface fired its cannon. At around 2pm, the submarine continued to fire its cannon at the stern of the cargo ship. The Cabotia sank approximately 120 miles (193 km) west-north-west of Tory Island, Ireland, position 55°16'N/11°16'W. Of the crew, 32 sailors lost their lives

Commemorated on Page 28 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

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London, United Kingdom

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THE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL stands on the South side of the garden of Trinity Square, a hundred yards East of Mark Lane Station, and just within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney and the Liberty of the Tower. It is at the hub of maritime England. Behind it are Trinity House and the offices of the Port of London Authority, and the Thames stretches before it; the wide space of Great Tower Hill, leading down from it to the river, is the traditional forum of merchant seamen and their fellow workers. Lloyd's is on the North, the Custom House and Billingsgate Market are near it on the West, and beyond the Tower, Eastwards, is the long line of the Docks the greatest dock system in the world.

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  • Memorial– The tower Hill Memorial is located in London, England at Tower Hill and across from the Tower of London. This Memorial is dedicated to the 50,700 Commonwealth merchant seamen, fishing fleet workers and other on-board crew lost during the First World War. Included on this list are the 480 Canadians that gave their lives in the cause of the Great War. (J. Stephens)
  • Memorial– His name as it is inscribed on the Tower Hill Memorial. The 480 fallen Canadians lost at sea, are honoured on this Memorial. May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)

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