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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Fernand St Laurent

In memory of:

Sergeant Fernand St Laurent

June 24, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/55019

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

162 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 435 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 256.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometers by road west of London.

The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:

IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE

In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Document– Family information on health form shows that Sgt St. Laurent's mother was a widow and he had four siblings:  one brother and three sisters.
  • Death Certificate– Quebec death registration for Sgt. Scott.
  • Essay– Story of Canso 9754 which had to make an emergency landing after they battled with a German U-boat in the waters near Faroe Islands.  The 8-man crew were to endure hours in one 4-man inflatable raft which ended in the death of the pilot, F/L David Hornell, and F/Sgt. Donald Stewart Scott and Sgt. St. Laurent.    The pilot is buried in Scotland and the two Flight Engineers slipped away in the cold waters from fatigue.
  • Group Photo– Photo of one of F/L Hornell's crew which includes both Flight Engineers who perished (front row left) and F/L Hornell (back row 2nd from right).
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1944. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me

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