They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Ralph Thomas Shelley


Able Seaman, V13261, RCNVR


Born: 17 Jul 1919


Died: 21 Dec 1940 at sea


Book of Remembrance


SHELLEY, Ralph Thomas, AB, V13261, RCNVR, died - 21 Dec 1940, HMCS VISION - Son of John Thomas Shelley and Ellen Shelley; husband of Lorraine Esther Shelley, all of Calgary, AB.


Able Seaman R. T. Shelley was lost overboard from HMCS VISON. Ralph was removing a damaged jack staff, while the men were on the forecastle deck the ship pitch and it was reported a man overboard. A life buoy was thrown by the Coxswain from the bridge deck. The Ship as was brought about in the direction where the man was last seen, this took approximately three to five minutes. His cap was observed floating on the water. A search in the vicinity was held, when it was considered there was no hope of recovering the man the search was called off.


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Second World War Casualty Index