They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Henry Joseph (Harry) Sheppard


Able Seaman Submarine Detector, 2996, RCN


Born: 23 Jul 1920, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Died: 01 Dec 1940 at sea


Book of Remembrance


SHEPPARD, Henry Joseph (Harry), AB, 2996, RCN, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Son of William J. and Leonore Sheppard, of Montreal, Province of Quebec.


AB Sheppard was killed when HMCS SAGUENAY, while escorting convoy HG.47, was torpedoed by the Italian submarine Argo 300 miles west of Ireland. With her bows wrecked and 21 dead, SAGUENAY made Barrow-in-Furness largely under her own power, and was under repairs until 22 May 1941. AB Sheppard was buried at sea on 02 Dec 1940.


Ships served in:

HMCS STADACONA - Enlisted 12 Jul 1937 as a Boy Seaman, RCN

HMCS VENTURE - Served in VENTURE 22 Nov 1937 - 01 May 1938 as a Boy Seaman, RCN for training

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 02 May 1938 as a Boy Seaman, RCN

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in SAGUENAY 24 Jun 1938 - 31 Mar 1940 as a Boy Seaman, OS and AB, RCN

* Rated OS 23 Jul 1938

* Rated AB 23 Oct 1939

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 01 Apr 1940 as an AB, RCN

* Rated SD 27 Apr 1940

HMCS SAGUENAY - Drafted to SAGUENAY 17 May 1940 as an AB, RCN







(HS01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(HS02) Letter from SAGUENAY CO to Naval Secretary Ottawa on the burials at sea and ashore of SAGUENAY casualties

(HS03-HS05) Telegram and letters to AB Sheppard's mother




Article on SAGUENAY'S casualties and survivors from the Montreal area

The Toronto Star Dec 1940



Second World War Casualty Index