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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Stanley Nelson De Quetteville

In memory of:

Engineer Lieutenant Stanley Nelson De Quetteville

May 31, 1916

Military Service


Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Canadian Navy

Division:

H.M.S. Indefatigable

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 77 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 1.

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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  • Inscription– The panel with Stanley Nelson De Quetteville's name inscribed, on the Halifax Memorial in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Image taken 4 November 2017 by Tom Tulloch.
  • HMS Indefatigable– The Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable, in which Stanley Nelson De Quetteville was serving when he was killed.  Indefatigable was sunk on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of World War I. Part of Vice-Admiral Sir David Beatty's Battlecruiser Fleet, she was hit several times in the opening phase of the battlecruiser action. Shells from the German battlecruiser Von der Tann caused an explosion which ripped a hole in her hull, and a second explosion hurled large pieces of the ship 200 feet (60 m) in the air. Only two of the crew of 1,019 survived.
  • Group Photo– Members of the Gunroom, HMCS Niobe, Halifax, N.S. Taken 1910–1911.  Several of these young men went on to become important figures in the Royal Canadian Navy.  Stanley Nelson De Quetteville is shown standing, the third officer from the right in the back row.
  • Painting– A painting by William Lionel Wyllie showing HMS Indefatigable exploding at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916.
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection.
  • Canadians at the Naval Battle of Jutland, May 31–June 1, 1916’

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