Hundreds gather to remember Canadians lost in The Battle of the Atlantic campaign

Ottawa Citizen

Between single rings of a bell, the names of Canadian ships lost and the number of their crew who perished in the Battle of the Atlantic were called out Sunday morning over the public address.

“HMCS Fraser, lost with 47 lives on June 25, 1940.”

Clang!

“HMCS Bras d’Or, lost with 30 lives on Oct. 19, 1940.”

Clang!

“HMCS Margaree, lost with 142 lives on Oct. 22, 1940.”

Clang!

And so it went … the Otter, the Levis, Windflower, Adversus and Spikenard, the St. Croix and Athabaskan, and on through to HMCS Esquimalt, who took 44 souls with her on April 16, 1945, just weeks before the end of the war in Europe.

Hundreds of veterans and their families, along with politicos and other observers, gathered at the War Memorial on Sunday morning to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the Battle of the Atlantic, including those serving…

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