They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
THOMPSON, John, Ck (S), V34087, RCNVR, MPK - 08 Aug 1944, HMCS REGINA - Son of Robert Parker Thompson and Helena Thompson, of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
Cook Thompson died when HMCS REGINA was torpedoed and sunk off Trevose Head, Cornwall, England by U-667 while she was aiding a merchant vessel in distress. Thirty of her crew were lost.
Cook John Thompson of Paddockwood was the son of Robert Parker and Helena Thompson who came to Prince Albert from Bishop Auckland, Durham, England, where John was born. The carillon at St. Albans Anglican cathedral was dedicated to the memory of John and 28 of his fellow parishioners. John was farming with an uncle at Paddockwood when he enlisted on April 13, 1942 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Ships served in:
HMCS UNICORN - Enlisted 13 Apr 1942. Commenced Active Service 20 Apr 1942 as an Ass't Cook, RCNVR
HMCS YORK - Drafted to YORK 26 Apr 1942 as an Ass't Cook, RCNVR
HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 26 May 1942 as an Ass't Cook, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 07 Jul 1942 as an Ass't Cook, RCNVR
HMCS UNICORN for Agricultural Leave - 04 Aug 1942 - 06 Sep 1942
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 07 Sep 1942 as an Ass't Cook, RCNVR
HMCS BUCTOUCHE - Drafted to BUCTOUCHE 15 Sep 1942 as an Ass't Cook, RCNVR
* Rated Cook (S) 18 Jan 1943
HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 21 Apr 1943 as a Cook (S), RCNVR
HMCS REGINA - Drafted to REGINA 01 May 1943 as a Cook (S), RCNVR
(JT01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2
(JT02) Report of Death
(JT03) Letter to Cook Thompson's mother
Second World War Casualty Index