They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
STEWART, Kenneth William, AB, V36475, RCNVR, killed - 25 Oct 1944, HMCS SKEENA - Son of George L. and Helen Stewart, St. Catharines, Ontario.
AB Stewart drowned while trying to get a safety line ashore so that the remaining crew could be safely removed from SKEENA. His body later recovered near Reykjavik Harbour. He is buried in the Fossvogur Cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland. Before he enlisted in the Navy he worked as a labourer at a Paper Mill.
Kenneth's brother Earl Robert Stewart also served in the RCNVR during the Second World War.
Ships served in:
HMCS STAR - Enlisted 13 May 1942. Commenced Active Service 02 Jul 1942
HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS for training 24 Aug 1942 - 19 Nov 1942
HMCS AMBLER - Served in AMBLER 24 Oct 1942 - 30 Oct 1942 while in training at HMCS CORNWALLIS
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 31 Oct 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS SKEENA - Served in SKEENA 30 Mar 1943 - 01 Jul 1943 as an OS and AB, RCNVR. Rated AB 02 Jul 1943
(KS01-KS02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2
(KS03) Casualty report
(KS04-KS05) Letters to AB Stewart's mother
(KS06) Bridegroom-to-be is Drowned at Sea - Article on the death of AB Stewart - Toronto Telegram Nov 1944
(KS07) Headstone for AB Stewart in the Fossvogur Cemetery, Reykjavik, Iceland.