They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


John Henry Allen


Motor Mechanic, A2002, RCNR


Born: 29 Feb 1904, Saint John, New Brunswick


Died: 07 Sep 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


ALLEN, John Henry, MM, A2002, RCNR, MPK - 07 Sep 1942, HMCS RACCOON - Son of John Henry and Eliza May Allen. Husband of Hazel Josephine Allen, of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.


MM Allen died when his ship, HMCS RACCOON, which was on convoy escort in the St. Lawrence River off the Gaspé Peninsula, was hit and sunk by two torpedoes from U165. All 37 hands were lost.  Prior to enlisting he was the Chief Engineer on "Ocean Transport 24" for the Saint John Tow Boat Co., Saint John, NB.


Ships served in:

HMCS CAPTOR II (STADACONA for) - Enlisted 28 Jun 1940 as a MM, RCNR

HMCS HUSKY - Drafted to HUSKY 24 Jul 1940 as a MM, RCNR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 22 Feb 1942 as a MM, RCNR

HC MIAMI (STADACONA for) - Drafted to MIAMI 04 Mar 1942

SAKER II / HC65 (STADACONA for) - undated

HMCS VENTURE - Drafted to VENTURE 08 Mar 1942 as an MM, RCNR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 01 May 1942 as a MM, RCNR

HMCS RACCOON - Drafted to RACCOON 29 Jul 1942 as a MM, RCNR






(JA01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(JA02) Conduct Sheet

(JA03) Record of Employment

(JA04) Casualty Report



Second World War Casualty Index