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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar

 

John Ward (Jack) Cole

 

Signalman, 3033, RCN

 

Born: 26 Jan 1920, Liscard, Cornwall, England

 

Died: 22 Oct 1940 at sea

 

Book of Remembrance

 

COLE, John Ward, Sig, 3033, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - son of William John and Edna Cole of Regina, SK.

 

John Cole enlisted in the RCN at Esquimalt, BC as a boy seaman on 12 Jul 1937.

 

Ships served in:

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 02 May 1938 - 27 May 1938 as an OS, RCN

HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser 28 May 1938 - 28 Oct 1938 as an OS, RCN. 

HMS EFFINGHAM - Royal Navy cruiser - Served in Effingham 29 Jul 1939 - 12 Sep 1939 as an O/Sig, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 18 Oct 1939 - 22 Nov 1939 as an O/Sig, RCN

HMCS FRASER - Served in Fraser 11 Feb 1940 - 05 Sep 1940 as a Sig, RCN. John survived the sinking of HMCS Fraser on 25 Jun 1940.

HMCS MARGAREE - Drafted to Margaree 06 Sep 1940 as a Sig, RCN

 

John's brothers who also served in the RCN:  Leslie Cole, William Arthur Cole 

 

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(1-2) Certificate of Service  (3) Letter to John Cole's mother informing her that he son is missing, presumed lost at sea.

 

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