They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Leo Joseph Fleming *


Able Seaman, VR1140, RNCVR (FWW)


Able Seaman, A1141, RCNR (SWW)


Born: 18 May 1889, Ketch Harbour, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia **


Died: 04 Feb 1941 at sea



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* Leo's signature on documents in his FWW service file show his surname as Flemming

** Leo's First World War records give his year of birth as 1889 and his Second World War records give his year of birth as 1888


FLEMING, Leo Joseph, AB, A1141, RCNR, MPK - 04 Feb 1941, HMCS SKEENA - Son of Richard and Margaret Fleming; husband of Phoebe Fleming, of Ketch Harbor, Nova Scotia.


Leo Fleming served in the First World War in the RNCVR. Between the wars he worked as a fisherman. Shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War he enlisted in the RCNR. AB Fleming was lost overboard in heavy weather when HMCS SKEENA was forced onto the rocks off Iceland during a North Atlantic gale. He body was never recovered.


Awards and Decorations First World War:  1914-15 Bronze Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal

Awards and Decorations Second World War:  1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, CVSM and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45


Ships served in: (First World War)

HMCS CANADA - Served in CANADA 30 Mar 1915 - 30 Sep 1915 as an OS, RNCVR

HMCS MARGARET - Served in MARGARET 01 Oct 1915 - 12 Nov 1915 as an AB, RNCVR

HMCS CANADA - Served in CANADA 13 Nov 1915 - 19 Nov 1919 as an AB, RNCVR

Ships served in: (Second World War)

HMCS STADACONA - Enlisted 23 Dec 1939

HMCS SKEENA - Drafted to SKEENA 03 Jan 1940 as an AB, RCNR







(LF01) Able Seaman Fleming

(LF02) Statement of Service - First World War (FWW)

(LF03-LF04) Re-engagement in the Naval Service of Canada 09 Aug 1919

(LF05) Engagement in Fisheries Service of Canada dated 21 Nov 1919





(LF06-LF07) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(LF08) Report of Death



Second World War Casualty Index