They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Thomas Joseph Hackett


Able Seaman, V35785, RCNVR


Born: 02 Feb 1923, Montreal, Quebec


Died: 29 Mar 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


HACKETT, Thomas Joseph, AB, V35785, RCNVR killed - 29 Mar 1945, HMCS TEME - Son of Joseph and Eliza Elsie Hackett, of Rosemount, Montreal, Province of Quebec Canada.


Able Seaman T. J. Hackett died of his wounds due to enemy action at sea when HMCS TEME was torpedoed off Lands End United Kingdom. He is buried in the Falmouth Cemetery, Cornwall, England.


Able Seaman Thomas Joseph Hackett, who enlisted in May 1942, at the age of 17, is reported to have died of his wounds due to enemy action at sea. He was buried in Falmouth Cemetery, Cornwall, England, on April 03, 1945. Able Seaman Hackett was one of two seaman highly recommended for remaining at their gun though badly wounded during an action involving HMCS SASKATCHEWAN. He was hit by shrapnel during the running fight with a German trawler but refused to report his injury until the fight was over. He was formerly an employee of the C.P.R. Angus Shop. After enlisting he had been on active service continuously since December, 1942. His parents came to Canada from Birmingham, England in 1924.


Ships served in:

HMCS MONTREAL - Enlisted 08 May 1942. Commenced Active Service 20 May 1942

HMCS KAMLOOPS - Served in KAMLOOPS 16 Feb 1943 - 21 Sep 1943 as an OS and AB, RCNVR. Rated AB 20 May 1943

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in RESTIGOUCHE 10 Nov 1943 - 09 Apr 1944 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS SASKATCHEWAN - Served in SASKATCHEWAN 12 Apr 1944 - 02 Aug 1944 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS TEME - Drafted to TEME 06 Dec 1944 as an AB, RCNVR







(TH01) Portrait of AB Thomas Hackett

(TH02-TH03) Certificate of Services - pages 1 and 2

(TH04) Report of Death

(TH05) Letter to AB Hackett's wife



Second World War Casualty Index