They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Gordon Robert Craig


Ordinary Telegraphist, 3704, RCN


Born: 11 Mar 1923, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


Died: 01 May 1941 at sea


Book of Remembrance


CRAIG, Gordon Robert, O/Tel, 3704, RCN, MPK - 01 May 1941, S.S. NERISSA (Troopship) - Son of Violet Carter Craig, of Victoria, British Columbia.


Ordinary Telegraphist Gordon Robert Craig died on the NERISSA which was a chartered troop ship that was torpedoed by U552 off the coast of Ireland on a voyage from Halifax to Liverpool with a loss of 207 lives. He was the son of Violet Craig (remarried as Mrs. Carter). Gordon was born at Moose Jaw, on March 11, 1923. He was educated at the Technical School at Vancouver and Victoria Boys' Central School, and the Central Victoria High School. He was barely 17 when he enlisted into the RCN at Esquimalt British Columbia, on May 06, 1940 as a seaman boy. He was well known locally in sports, winning cups for boxing and certificates in swimming contests. He was unmarried and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Violet Carter, of 567 Walter St., Victoria, British Columbia.


Ships served in:

HMCS NADEN (Depot ship for) RCN BARRACKS ESQUIMALT - Enlisted 06 May 1940 as a Boy Tel. Rated Ordinary Tel 09 Sep 1940

HMCS STADACONA (Depot ship) - Drafted to STADACONA 11 Apr 1941as an O/Tel, RCN

HMCS NIOBE - Drafted to NIOBE 21 Apr 1941 as a O/Tel, RCN

S.S. NERISSA - for passage to NIOBE.







(GC01-GC02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(GC03) Report of Death

(GC04-GC05) Letters to O/Tel Craig's mother



Second World War Casualty Index