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Robert Ross Sheppard

In memory of:

Lieutenant Robert Ross Sheppard

March 22, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

0-66545

Age:

22

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Division:

H.M.S. Formidable

Additional Information


Born:

September 17, 1922
Toronto, Ontario

Son of Robert Ross Sheppard and Maybelle B. Sheppard, of Toronto, Ontario. Brother of Albert Earl, Donald John, Margaret Beatrice, and Beverley June.

Commemorated on Page 563 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 13.

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 Robert Ross Sheppard– 066545 Lieutentant Robert Ross Sheppard
born 19-09-22
Former student of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Toronto)
  • Document– This is Lieutenant Sheppard's highschool registration card.  Every student entering secondary school had to fill one out.  He was at Lawrence Park Collegiate from its opening in Sept of 1936 until he left to enter banking in 1940.
  • Service Summary– Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • His decorations– Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Document– A publiched account of Sheppard's accident form a book on HMS Formidable.  Sheppard was flying a Corsair at the time.  It is a very heavy aircraft.  He would have had little chance of escape.

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Letter
  • Letter (Page 2 of 2)– Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Letter (Page 1 of 2)– A letter sent to the Navy Board by Sheppard's mother thanking them for send his person effects back to her.  She notes that his diary did not return.
pages 1 & 4

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Letter (Page 2 of 2)– Pages 2 & 3 of Mrs. Sheppard's letter.

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Death Certificate– Sub Lieutenant Sheppard's Ontario Death Certificate stating that he died at sea as the result of a flying accident.

Source: Whitehouse via Library and Archives Canada
  • Newspaper Clipping– The Toronto Star, April 3, 1945, page  2

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