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They made the Ultimate Sacrifice 


Stanley William Boehler


Stoker 1st Class, V36704, RCNVR


Born: 29 Nov 1923, Mossbank, Saskatchewan


Died: 17 Aug 1943 at sea


Book of Remembrance


BOEHLER, Stanley William, Sto, V 36704, RCNVR, died - 17 Aug 1943, HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - son of Otto and Minnie Boehler, of Choiceland, SK. Husband of Eleanor Boehler, of Montreal, QC.


Stoker Stanley William Boehler took ill and died at sea on 17 Aug 1943 from peritonitis caused by perforated peptic ulcer. He died during surgery and was buried at sea the same day. Stoker Boehler was the son of Otto and Minnie (Mantei) Boehler who came to Meadow Lake from the Gretna Emerson area of Manitoba, later moving to Choiceland, Saskatchewan. Stanley left a wife Eleanor (Haig) at Montréal.


Ships served in:

HMCS UNICORN - Enlisted 30 Mar 1942.  Commenced active service 10 Jun 1942

HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in Givenchy 15 May 1943 - 18 Jun 1943 as a Sto 2c, RCNVR

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT - Drafted to Prince Robert 19 Jun 1943 as a Sto 2c, RCNVR. Rated A/Sto 1c 09 Aug 1943.



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(1) Certificate of Service  (2) Naval Training and Active Service Record  (3-4) Service Summary  (5) Report of Death


Burial at sea for Sto 1c, Stanley William Boehler, RCNVR

Buried at sea on August 17th, 1943, HMCS Prince Robert, position 36 deg 58' N by 59 deg 01' W.

Photograph taken by Herbert Nott

Source: RCN official facebook page



Second World War Casualty Index