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Richard James Skinner

In memory of:

Able Seaman Richard James Skinner

October 14, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

A/744

Age:

37

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Navy Reserve

Division:

H.M.C.S. S.S. Caribou

Additional Information


Son of John Robert and Elizabeth Skinner, of Harbor Buton, Newfoundland; husband of Kathleen Skinner.

Commemorated on Page 197 of the Newfoundland 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 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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  • S.S. Caribou– Able Seaman Richard James SKINNER was aboard the Newfoundland ferry 'S.S. Caribou' on 14 October 1942, when-without warning-it was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat.
"The Caribou served the North Sydney-Port Aux Basques ferry run from 1925 until 1942, when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. It sank with a loss of 136 lives." (Newfoundland Provincial Archives)
  • Halifax Memorial– The Halifax Memorial-in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada  (Photograph from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission).

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