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Desmond Bert William Cook

In memory of:

Cook (S) Desmond Bert William Cook

October 25, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

V/51070

Age:

20

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Division:

H.M.C.S. Skeena

Additional Information


Born:

September 12, 1924
Renton, Washington

Enlistment:

November 20, 1942

Commemorated on Page 278 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

C49. 31.

Location:

Reykjavik is in the south-western part of the island and the REYKJAVIK (FOSSVOGUR)CEMETERY lies south of the town on the road to Hafnarfjordur.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Cook (S) DESMOND BERT WILLIAM  COOK was one of 15 sailors who died when a sudden night gale drove the destroyer HMCS Skeena ashore on Videy Island, two miles off Reykjavik Iceland, in the late evening/early morning of October  24-25, 1944.  

This list contains 14 names.  The name of Leading Seaman JOSEPH FREDERIC ANDRE  BLAIS is missing from this list, which was published in the Globe and Mail, November 18, 1944.
  • HMCS Skeena
  • Newspaper Clipping– Details of the loss of HMCS Skeena on October 25, 1944 were only made public in May 1945. Newspaper Clipping from the Globe and Mail May 17, 1945
  • Newspaper Clipping– Details of the loss of HMCS Skeena on October 25, 1944 were only made public in May 1945.  Newspaper Clipping from the Hamilton Spectator, May 16, 1945.  Part 1
  • Newspaper Clipping– Details of the loss of HMCS Skeena on October 25, 1944 were only made public in May 1945.  Newspaper Clipping from the Hamilton Spectator, May 16, 1945.  Part 2
  • Memorial– This memorial is located in Iceland.
  • Memorial– This propellor that was salvaged from HMCS Skeena and it serves as a memorial to fifteen Canadians who died while serving on the ship.
  • Cemetery
  • Cross of Sacrifice
  • Grave Marker

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