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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 


William Thornhill Bennett


Chief Petty Officer Motor Mechanic 4th Class


A2471, RCNR


Born: 24 Oct 1903, Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland


Died: 07 Dec 1995, North Sydney, Nova Scotia


BENNETT, William T. - Born: 1903 at Channel-Port Aux Basques, Nfld, Died: 07 Dec 1995, North Sydney, NS - 92, 9 Pleasant St., North Sydney, died December 7, 1995, at home. Born at Channel, Nfld., he was a son of the late Edward and Mary (Thornhill) Bennett. He served with the RCMP Marine division prior to entering the Royal Canadian Navy. He served as chief petty officer on HMCS Husky and HMCS Otter during the Second World War. He was a self-employed fisherman out of North Sydney for a number of years, before working with the Department of Public Works, North Sydney until retirement. He was a member of St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney and a life member of Royal Canadian Legion branch 19, North Sydney. He was an avid outdoorsman. Surviving are his wife, the former Martha Hopkins; daughter, Gloria MacKay, North Sydney; sons, William, Big Bras d'Or; David, North Sydney; grandchildren, Gloria, Tanya, David Jr., Donald. He was predeceased by a brother, Wilson; sister, Ida; grandson, William. Visitation 7-9 p.m. tonight in W.J. Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney. Funeral 2:30 p.m. Sunday in St. Matthew Wesley United Church, North Sydney, Rev. David Hann officiating. Burial to follow in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.


Ships served in:

HMCS OTTER - Drafted to Otter 05 Oct 1940 as a MM(T), RCNR. Survived the sinking of HMCS Otter on 26 Mar 1941.

HMCS HUSKY - Served in Husky 05 Sep 1941 - 04 Feb 1943 as a MM(T), RCNR



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(1-2) Portrait of PO Bennett  (3-4) Certificate of Service  (5) William and his daughter Gloria  (6) William  (right) with his sister and her husband  (7) William  (8) William (left) and Smitty


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(9-10) William's friends  (11) William  (12) William's friends  (13-14) Unknown harbour  (15) William and his wife fishing  (16) Certificate of Discharge


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(17) Painting of RCN basge  (18) Souvenir from Fort Ramsay, Quebec (on the Gaspé Penninsula)  (19) Certificate from the 50th Anniversary Reunion of survivors of the sinking of HMCS Otter




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