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David Robertson Sadler

In memory of:

Signalman David Robertson Sadler

December 6, 1917


Halifax, Nova Scotia

Military Service


Service Number:

VR/229

Force:

Navy

Unit:

Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve

Division:

H.M.C.S. Niobe

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 321 of the First World War 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 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 of David Sadler– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Group Photo– Signalman David Robertson Sadler with his wife Jemima
  • Photo of Mrs. David Sadler– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Document– Further information regarding David Robertson Sadler.
  • Memorial– The panel on the Halifax Memorial at Point Pleasant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada whereon David Robertson Sadler's name is inscribed.
Image taken in November 2017 by Tom Tulloch.
  • HMCS Niobe– The Royal Canadian Navy Diadem-class protected cruiser HMCS Niobe, to which David Robertson Sadler belonged at the time of his death during the Halifax Explosion on 6 December 1917.
  • Halifax Harbour– A view of Halifax and the harbour shortly after the explosion of 6 December 1917, in which David Robertson Sadler and his family were killed.

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