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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Franklyn Romans

In memory of:

Able Seaman William Franklyn Romans

December 13, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

VR/2653

Age:

34

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve

Division:

H.M.S. Stephen Furnace

Additional Information


Son of James and Julia Romans.

Commemorated on Page 319 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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  • Photo– The panel on the Halifax Memorial, at Point Pleasant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on which William Franklyn Romans's name is inscribed.
Image taken 25 November 2017 by Tom Tulloch.
  • Photo– SS Stephen Furness, built by Irvine's Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool in 1910 and operated at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British passenger ship of 1,712 tons, used as an armed boarding cruiser.  
On 13 December 1917, Stephen Furness, on her way from Lerwick to Liverpool for repairs, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-64 15 miles NorthWest of Contrary Head, Isle of Man. 
Struck by a torpedo on the starboard side between the bridge and the funnel, she started sinking quickly and before the life boats could be lowered, she suddenly went down. 101 persons were lost, including William Franklyn Romans, who was serving on board as an Able Seaman at the time..

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