Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Malcolm Cumming

In memory of:

Lieutenant (E) Malcolm Cumming

October 19, 1940

Military Service


Age:

45

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Navy Reserve

Division:

H.M.C.S. Bras D'Or.

Additional Information


Son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cumming, of Westbrooke, Maine, U.S.A.; husband of Lilian Cumming, of Verdun, Quebec.

Commemorated on Page 12 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 – From the Charlottetown PEI newspaper The Guardian. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping – Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Press Clipping – newspaper clipping from a Montreal, Quebec newspaper would have been the first information released to the public about the suspected loss of HMCS Bras d'Or. The four men whose photos are shown -- Lieutenant (Engineering) Malcolm Cumming, age 45; Telegraphist Ib Korning, age 19; Able Seaman Joseph Emile Richard Pelletier, age 33; and Ordinary Signalman John Joseph Stasin, age 20 -- all came from the Montreal area. Bras d'Or's commanding officer, Lieutenant Charles A. Hornsby came from Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Press Clipping – Obituary for Malcolm Cumming.
  • Press Clipping – Report of the lost ship in the Westbrooke, Maine newspaper.

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