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Daniel Everett Gillis

In memory of:

Chief Motor Mechanic Daniel Everett Gillis

March 26, 1941

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Navy Reserve


H.M.C.S. Otter


Mentioned in Despatches
Awarded as per London Gazette of 4 November 1941

"For gallantry and devotion to duty when HMCS Otter was lost." The sinking of HMCS Otter (Animal Class Yacht) after catching fire off of Halifax on 26 March 1941 with the loss of 19 members. Chief Gillis lost his life while trying to rescue his shipmates.

Additional Information

Son of Daniel and Mary Gillis, of Sydney, Nova Scotia. Husband of Viola Georgina Gillis, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 31 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Commemorated on Page 67 of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Honour Roll Book.

Burial Information


Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Sec. 5. Plot B. Grave 60.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave marker
  • Group Photo
  • Photo of Daniel Gillis– Eng. 3rd Class (Chief Motor Mechanic) Gillis was formerly with the Canadian Protective Service, Customs.  He became a member when the RCMP took the Unit from Customs. Eng. 3rd Class Gillis served on Preventive Sea Duties as an Engineer with the Marine Division. He was married to Viola and had six children.
  • Photo of Daniel Gillis

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