They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
LEY, James Earnest, LS, V7625, RCNVR, died - 05 Oct 1942, HMCS AMHERST - Son of James John and Rachel (Thornton) Ley of Richmond Hill, ON.
Leading Seaman J.E. Ley was accidentally lost overboard on the night of Oct. 05, 1942 and drowned in the River Foyle, Northern Ireland. James body was recovered on Oct. 21, 1942 at Moville, Ireland.
LS James Ley is buried in the Londonderry City Cemetery, Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Ships served in:
TORONTO DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 22 Sep 1939. Commenced Active Service 19 Dec 1939
HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in SAGUENAY 16 Apr 1940 - 30 Jun 1940 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS LYNX - Served in LYNX 27 Jul 1940 - 02 Dec 1940 as an OS and AB, RCNVR. Rated AB 06 Oct 1940
HMCS COBALT - Served in COBALT 27 Dec 1940 - 07 Feb 1941 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS COBALT - Served in COBALT 20 Feb 1941 - 26 Feb 1941 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS AGASSIZ - Served in AGASSIZ 07 May 1941 - 11 Sep 1941 as an A/LS, RCNVR
HMCS AVALON II - Served in AVALON II 12 Sep 1941 - 07 May 1942
HMCS SHAWINIGAN - Served in SHAWINIGAN 08 May 1942 - 13 Apr 1942 as an A/LS, RCNVR
F.F.S. ROSELYS (Free French Ship) - Served in ROSELYS 25 Jun 1942 - 23 Jul 1942
USS ARGENTIA (USN shore base, Newfoundland) - Served in ARGENTIA 24 Jul 1942 - 14 Aug 1942
HMCS AMHERST - Drafted to AMHERST 15 Aug 1942 as an A/LS, RCNVR
(JL01-JL02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2 (JL03) Report of Death (JL04) Service Summary (JL05) Medal Verification Form
(JL06) Letter of LS Ley's father (JL07) Article on the death of James Ley (JL08) Headstone for James Ley at the Londonderry City Cemetery