For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


They made the Ultimate Sacrifice 


Gordon Hayes Morrell


Leading Seaman, 15709, RCN


Born: 31 Oct 1944, Alberton, Prince Edward Island


Died: 03 Dec 1969


Book of Remembrance


MORRELL, Gordon Hayes, LS, 15709, RCN, died - 03 Dec 1969, HMCS BONAVENTURE - Son of Leonard and Gertrude (nee Smith) Morrell of Alberton, PEI; rother of David, William, Garry, Eugene, Blair, Lorne, Robert, Sidney, Perry and Donald; husband of Diane Josephine Morrell and father of Lee-Anne and Lisa Morrell of Halifax, NS.


On 03 Dec 1969, during the ship’s decommissioning cruise, the aviation fuel tanks (AVGAS) on HMCS BONAVENTURE were required to be emptied and cleaned. Tragically, one fuel tank did not vent properly, and the first two sailors who entered the fuel tank were overcome by deadly fumes. A second pair of sailors lost their lives during the rescue attempt.


LS Morrell is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, NS


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In Service of Canada - RCN Peacetime Casualty Index