They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


George Fowler


Chief Motor Mechanic 2nd Class, V7795, RCNVR


Born: 20 Jun 1891, Alness, Scotland


Died: 07 sep 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


FOWLER, George, Chief M.M. 2c, V7795, RCNVR, MPK - 07 Sep 1942, HMCS RACCOON - Son of Jessie Fowler, of Alness, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland; husband of Catherine Alice Fowler, of Toronto, Ontario.


Chief Fowler 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. Chief Fowler had served in the RNVR during the First World War from 1915 to 1919.


Chief Motor Mechanic George Fowler, age 51, of Gerrard St., another casualty, was a veteran of the Royal Navy in the first great war. He enlisted with the R.C.N.V.R. at the outbreak of this war, leaving a job on a Lake Temagami boat. His wife was visiting in Gaspe when the official notices of his being missing arrived at his home in Toronto. She has been notified and will arrive in Toronto tonight. He was last home on leave in May and was due for another leave at the time his boat was lost. He leaves one child, George Alexander, aged two, born after his father went to sea. Fowler had resided in Canada for about 17 years, having come to Toronto from his native Scotland.


Ships served in:

TORONTO DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 26 Mar 1940 as a CMM 3rd Class.

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 29 Mar 1940 as a CMM 3c, RCNVR

HMCS RACCOON - Drafted to RACCOON 16 May 1940 as a CMM3c, RCNVR

* Rated CMM 2c 04 July 1941






(GF01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 4

(GF02) Casualty report

(GF03-GM04) Telegram and letter to Chief Fowler's wife



Second World War Casualty Index