They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Herbert David (Hub) Eldridge


Leading Seaman, V2631, RCNVR


Born: 18 Mar 1917, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte Co., New Brunswick


Died: 18 Oct 1945, Saint John, New Brunswick


Book of Remembrance


ELDRIDGE, Herbert David, LS, V2631, RCNVR, died - 18 Oct 1945, HMCS BRUNSWICKER - Son of Maurice Spencer and Ida Lillian Eldridge, of Beaver Harbour.


LS Herbert Eldridge enlisted in the RCNVR on 14 Dec 1940.  He was discharged Medically Unfit 05 Oct 1944 due to tuberculosis that he contracted while in service. LS Eldridge died at Saint John Sanatorium, Saint John, NB from pulmonary tuberculosis. He is buried in the Christ Church Cemetery, Pennfield, New Brunswick





David H. Eldridge, Three Years with Canadian Forces in North Atlantic, Dies in Hospital


The funeral of David Herbert Eldridge, whose death occurred on Thursday, Oct. 18, in East Saint John, was held from Christ Church, Pennfield Sunday, Oct. 21. Rev. H. Doody officiating.


Mr. Eldridge, who was 28 years of age, had been a patient in the East Saint John Hospital for the past year. He had previously served for three years in the R.C.N.V.R., having enlisted in 1941. His service was chiefly in the North Atlantic where he took part in many naval engagements.


Born in Beaver Harbor, he was a son of Maurice S. and the late Mrs. Eldridge. The high regards in which he was held by all who knew him was evidenced by the profusion of floral tributes at the funeral.


The pall-bearers, all members of the R.C.N.V.R., were Petty Officer Carmen Eldridge, Petty Officer Gilbert Eldridge, Seaman Roy Best, and Seaman Lewis Best, all boyhood friends of the deceased.


He is survived by his father, four brothers, Raymond, Charles and Adrian, of Beaver Harbor, and Eugene, of Saint John; four sisters, Miss Jessie and Miss Rowena, of Beaver Harbor; Mrs. Leonard Theriault, Beaver Harbour, and Mrs. Albert Henry, St. George. (The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB, 01 Nov 1945)



Ships served in:

SAINT JOHN DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 14 Dec 1940.  Commenced Active Service 30 Apr 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS ROSTHERN - Served in ROSTHERN 07 Aug 1941 - 13 Aug 1942 as an OS and AB, RCNVR. Rated AB 29 Jun 1942

HMCS SCOTIAN - Served IN SCOTIAN 01 Jun 1944 - 01 Sep 1944 as an A/LS, RCNVR








(HE01) Photo of LS Eldridge  (HE02-HE03) Certificate of Service  (HE04) Casualty Report  (HE05) LS Eldridge's headstone in the Christ Church Cemetery, Pennfield, NB


Obituary (below) for LS Herbert Eldridge's father that lists Herbert's two brothers, Eugene and Raymond, as having served in the RCNVR


Maurice Eldridge Of Beaver Harbor Dead


Succumbs in Lancaster Hospital At Age 63 Following Lengthy Illness


Beaver Harbor, Jan. 14 - Sympathy is extended to the family of Maurice Eldridge, whose death occurred at Lancaster Hospital, Saint John, on Saturday, December 29, following a lingering illness. Born in 1882, he was a son of the late David and Amy (Holmes) Eldridge. His wife, who predeceased him by eight years, was Miss Ida Eldridge of Canal.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Albert Henry, Mrs. Leonard Theriault, and Misses Rowena and Jessie Eldridge, and four sons, Eugene, of Saint John, and Raymond, Adrian and Charles; also five grandchildren. One brother, Lewis Eldridge, also survives him, and three sisters, Mrs. C.E. Wright and Mrs. John Johnson, Deadman's Harbor, and Mrs. Margaret Hawkins. A son, Herbert, died in October, 1945, who with his brothers, Eugene and Raymond, had served in the Royal Canadian Navy, during the war.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, Jan.1, at his late home in Beaver Harbor. Prayers at the house were said by Rev. George Readman, rector of Christ Church, Pennfield, assisted by Rev. W.L. Randall, pastor of the Baptist Church. A service was also held in Christ Church, Pennfield, and burial was made in the family lot in the adjoining cemetery. (The Saint Croix Courier (St. Stephen, NB) - January 17, 1946.)




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