IN MEMORIUM


This is a page dedicated to the memory of the three Magog Crew Members
who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to their country.


Thomas Edward Davis RCNVR


Gordon Tate Elliot RCNVR
(awaiting information)   

 Kenneth Joseph Kelly RCNVR
(awaiting information)



Thomas Edward Davis
RCNVR

Thomas Edward Davis lived at 30 Red Deer Avenue prior to World War II, and his final resting place is less than five kilometres from his home.

That’s because Davis was killed in Canadian waters on October 14, 1944He was 23-years old.  Davis was a Petty Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve and served aboard the HMCS Magog. The Magog was a River-class frigate commissioned into the RCN in 1944 as an anti-submarine convoy escort.

Its job was to protect ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and lower St. Lawrence River, where German U-boats sank three Canadian warships and several merchant ships between May 1942 and November 1944.

On October 14, 1944 at 7:25 pm, the Magog was in the area of Pointe-des-Marie when it hit by a torpedo from U-1223, shearing off 65 feet of her stern.

Out of a crew of 150, only three people died – one of them was Thomas Edward Davis of Birch Cliff.

19-year old Engine Roof Artificer George Gordon Hunter, RCNVR, of Winnipeg, recalled at the time “standing on the gun platform at the moment of impact, when “the whole quarterdeck lifted up and folded over the top of (his) head,” coming to rest on the gun that saved his life.  Beside him, Hunter recalls, lay the mangled body of Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Davis of Red Deer Avenue and is buried at Resthaven Memorial Gardens at the corner of Kingston Road and Brimley.

This morning I went to visit his grave and left a poppy.

It’s been 68 years  since Thomas Davis died in the name of freedom…but we remember.

Written by Hedy Korbee, a journalist who lives in Birch Cliff

(This information is from an article published in Birch Cliff News - P.H.)




 

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Gordon Tate Elliot RCNVR

 

Son of George Edgar and Clara Elliot, of Calgary.

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this crewman please contact me by E-mail - P.H.)



 
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Kenneth Joseph Kelly RCNVR


 

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kelly, of Bear River, Prince Edward Island; husband of Willianna Kelly, of Arnprior, Ontario.

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this crewman please contact me by E-mail - P.H.)

 


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