They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


James Clifford (Jim) Stanley


Able Seaman Radar III, V81451, RCNVR


Born: 28 Jan 1926, Toronto, Ontario


         Died: 16 Apr 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


STANLEY, James Clifford, AB Radar III, V81451, RCNVR, MPK - 16 Apr 1945, HMCS ESQUIMALT - Son of William E. and Florence Irene Stanley, of Toronto, ON.


AB Stanley died when his ship, HMCS ESQUIMALT, was torpedoed and sunk by U-190 off the approaches to Halifax harbour.


Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 16 Mar 1944. Commenced Active Service 23 Mar 1944

HMCS CORNWALLIS  - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 23 May 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS ELK - Served in ELK 05 Aug 1944 - 10 Aug 1944 while in training at HMCS CORNWALLIS

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - Drafted to ST HYACINTHE 06 Sep 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS PEREGRINE - Drafted to PEREGRINE 25 Oct 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS COBALT - Drafted to COBALT 28 Aug 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated Radar III 06 Oct 1944

HMCS PEREGRINE - Drafted to PEREGRINE 27 Nov 1955 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS ESQUIMALT - Drafted to ESQUIMALT 03 Dec 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 23 Mar 1945


James C. Stanley

Documents from the Service File of James Stanley


Back: L-R Bill, Irene and Gladys Stanley

Front: James C. Stanley and their mother Florence Irene (Irwin) Stanley

James C. Stanley - back row, left


James C. Stanley shortly before leaving home


James C. Stanley, standing, 1st on left

This is the last known photo of James Stanley before he lost his life in the sinking of HMCS ESQUIMALT


William E. Stanley (left), his wife Florence (Irwin) Stanley (right) and 3 of their 4 children (L-R) Gladys, James and Irene.

This was the last family photo with James C. Stanley taken at his parents house



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