They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Elmo Retlaw Farewell


Ordinary Seaman Submarine Detector, V16395, RCNVR


Born: 30 Jan 1922, Creelman, Saskatchewan


Died: 07 Dec 1941 at sea


Book of Remembrance


FAREWELL, Elmo Retlaw, OS, V16395, RCNVR, MPK - 07 Dec 1941, HMCS WINDFLOWER - Son of Retlaw and Maude L. Farewell, of Swan River, Manitoba. Brother of Albert Farewell and Irene Lillian Farewell (Wilson/Petruk)


Elmo was born in 1922 in Creelman, Saskatchewan but lived most of his life in Birch River and Swan River, Manitoba. He was the youngest of three children (brother Albert who served in the army and sister Irene) of Maude and Retlaw Farewell. He was a prominent hockey and baseball player in Swan River during his high school years. A newspaper article describes him as “a well respected and likable lad, having a cheery disposition”. Prior to enlisting in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserves (R.C.N.V.R.), he worked in Flin Flon and was employed by North Star Fuel and Ice as a teamster. Elmo was among 23 Canadians lost at sea when the HMCS Windflower was rammed by a freighter off the Grand Banks in dense fog. His Lieutenant, Frank A Bryan, described him as a “splendid lad”.


Ships served in:

PORT ARTHUR DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 28 Apr 1941.  Commenced Active Service 30 Apr 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 17 Jun 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

*Rated SD 23 Aug 1941

HMCS WINDFLOWER- Drafted to WINDFLOWER 11 Sep 1941 as an OS, RCNVR







(EF01-EF02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(EF03) Report of Death

(EF04) Letter to OS Farewell's mother

(EF05) Article on the death of OS Farewell



Second World War Casualty Index