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William Irvin Brown

In memory of:

Stoker William Irvin Brown

September 10, 1941

Military Service


Service Number:

A/4212

Age:

24

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Navy Reserve

Division:

H.M.C.S. Chambly

Additional Information


Son of William Albert and Mirmie Brown, of Toronto, Ontario. Husband of Florence Brown, of Toronto.

Commemorated on Page 25 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 6.

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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  • Newspaper Clipping– This excerpt from "The First All-Canadian U-Boat Kill" mentions the death of Stoker William I. Brown.  The article - which describes the sinking of enemy submarine U-501 by HMC Ships CHAMBLY and MOOSE JAW on 10 September 1941 - appeared at pages 18-19 of the February 1950 issue of the Crowsnest, the magazine of the Royal Canadian Navy.  (Submitted by Navy League Cadet Corps CHAMBLY, Barrie, Ontario.)
  • Photo of William Irvin Brown– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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