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Commonwealth War Graves Commission Civilian Deaths with Connection to Nova Scotia
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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission honour and care for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. The Commission maintains cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world. Among those commemorated by the Commission are 69,007 non military, civilian, casualties of the Second World War. These casualties were from aerial bombings, passengers on ships lost at sea from u-boat attacks, raids by carrier-based aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy, civilian passengers in crashes of military aircraft, and civilian WWII internment camps.
Name: June Angeline Knock Date of Birth: October 9, 1916 Place of Birth: Lower Rose Bay, Lunenburg Co., Nova Scotia Date of Death: January 19, 1942 Age at Death: 25 June Angeline Knock was a civilian passenger on the RMS Lady Hawkins. A nurse, she was the daughter of Cora Emma Knock, of Lower Rose Bay, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and of the late Samuel Lamech Knock. On the morning of January 19, 1942 the ship was sailing unescorted about 150 nautical miles off Cape Hatteras, taking a zigzag course to make her more difficult to hit, when at 07:43 hrs U-66 hit the ship with two stern-launched torpedoes. The liner sank in about 30 minutes. 251 people from Lady Hawkins were lost. Commonwealth War Graves
Name: John Neil MacNeil Date of Birth: October 24, 1897 Place of Birth: Cowal, Ontario Date of Death: April 30, 1941 Age at Death: 44 John Neil MacNeil was the son of the Revd. John MacNeil, of Baddeck, Nova Scotia and Annie Drummond MacNeil. He was the husband of Mabel Jessie Murray MacNeil, of 140 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In 1917 he was a student living in Baddeck, NS. He enlisted during WWI, serving as a Gunner with the 10th Siege Battery in France and discharged on May 1919 on demobilization. With the outbreak of WWII he served with the Canadian Legion Auxiliary War Services as a civilian. As a civilian passenger on the SS Nerissa he was en route to England. On April 21, 1941, the SS Nerissa departed Halifax for the United Kingdom. On April 30, off the coast of Ireland, the ship was hit by four torpedoes from the Germany uboat, U-552. The loss of SS Nerissa resulted in 207 casualties. The ship carried troops and civilian passengers and was the only transport carrying Canadian troops to be lost during World War II. Commonwealth War Graves
Name: Isobel Johnson Date of Birth: January 29, 1879 Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Death: March 10, 1941 Age at Death: 62 Isobel Johnson was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simpson, of Port Morien, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. On the night of January 10 and 11, 1941 Portsmouth, on the coast, was the only readily identifiable target for the German Luftwaffe as the rest of Britain was covered by thick cloud. From 5 pm on January 10, 1941, through to the early hours of January 11, 172 people were killed and hundreds more injured or made homeless as a result of the attack, in which thousands of explosives landed on the city. Isobel Johnson was at 4 Rivers Street, Southsea when she was killed during the bombing raid. Commonwealth War Graves
Name: Michael Thomas Bishop Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Date of Death: October 9, 1940 Age at Death: 26 Michael Thomas Bishop was the son of the late Michael Ernest Bishop, of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. He was the husband of Edith Wilhelmina (Toney) Bishop, of 3 Percival Cottages, East End Road, East Finchley, Middlesex. They married in Hendon, Middlesex in the summer of 1940. On the night of October 9, 1940, Fetter Lane, London was hit by a high explosive bomb during an air raid attack by the German Luftwaffe. Michael Thomas Bishop died at Fetter Lane, London a result of the bombing. Commonwealth War Graves
Name: Julia Maude Macoun Date of Birth: March 23, 1879 Place of Birth: Cornwallis Township, Kings Co., Nova Scotia Date of Death: January 19, 1942 Age at Death: 63 Julie Maude Macoun was a civilian passenger on the RMS Lady Hawkins. She was the daughter of Lady Borden, of Borden Place, Canning, Nova Scotia. She was the wife of Leslie Stuart Macoun (and mother of Elizabeth Rosamond Macoun (1907-1986). Her husband, Leslie Stuart Macoun, also a civilian passenger on the ship, was lost. Their home was Ottawa, Ontario. On the morning of January 19, 1942 the ship was sailing unescorted about 150 nautical miles off Cape Hatteras, taking a zigzag course to make her more difficult to hit, when at 07:43 hrs U-66 hit the ship with two stern-launched torpedoes. The liner sank in about 30 minutes. 251 people from Lady Hawkins were lost. Commonwealth War Graves
Name: Muriel Nutting Fraser Date of Birth: October 26, 1884Summerside, Prince Edward Island Place of Birth: Summerside, Prince Edward Island Date of Death: September 3, 1939 Age at Death: 54 Muriel Nutting Fraser was the daughter of the late James A. and Edith Creed Neal Fraser, of 8 Carleton Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was a civilian passenger on the SS Athenia that departed Glasgow for Montreal on September 1, 1939. The SS Athenia carried 1,103 passengers and 315 crew. On September 3, the ship was hit by a torpedo and sunk off Ireland. The Athenia was the first UK ship to be sunk by Germany during World War II with a loss of 117 civilian passengers and crew. Commonwealth War Graves