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Donald St Clair Bowser


Able Seaman, A5207, RCNR


Born: 13 Jun 1918, Pleasant Point, Halifax Co., NS


Died: 11 Sep 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


BOWSER, Donald St Clair, AB, A5207, RCNR, Died - 11 Sep 1942, HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN - Son of Frederick L. and Gladys Bowser, of Point Pleasant, NS; husband of Pearl Bowser, of Ostrea Lake, NS


He is buried at the Point Pleasant Public Cemetery, NS.


AB Bowser died on the morning of September 11th, 1942, about three or four hours after the Charlottetown was hit. He had sustained serious internal injuries as a result of the underwater explosion. He was brought on board the rescue ship and attended by the Charlottetown's Sick Berth Attendant, himself wounded. He died as a result of an internal hemorrhage and shock while still at sea.


Ships served in:

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN - Drafted to Charlottetown 12 Dec 1941 as an AB, RCNR


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(1-2) Certificate of Service

(3) Report of Death

(4) Article on the death of AB Bowser - The Halifax Mail, Sat., 29 Sep 1942


Funeral of Able Seaman Donald Bowser


A member of HMCS Charlottetown's crew, Bowser died after the German submarine U-517 sank his ship in the St. Lawrence River in September 1942. Charlottetown had been sailing with HMCS Clayoquot and, as the ships had not been "zig-zagging," they presented less-difficult targets for U-517. Most of Charlottetown's crew survived the torpedoing but several, including Bowser, were severely injured by depth charges which exploded as their ship sank. His funeral at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Gaspé, Quebec, emphasized the proximity of the battle of the St. Lawrence to the Canadian home front. Source: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 20070195-008a_front



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