They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Ernest Frank Howe


Stoker 1st Class (M), V18476, RCNVR


Born: 22 May 1918, Belleville, Ontario


Died: 07 Sep 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


HOWE, Ernest Frank, Sto 1c (M), V18476, RCNVR, MPK - 07 Sep 19422, HMCS RACCOON - Son of Albert and Ferole Howe, of Belleville, Ontario.


Stoker Howe died when his ship, HMCS RACCOON, which was on convoy escort in the St. Lawrence River off the Gasp Peninsula, was hit and sunk by two torpedoes from U165. All 37 hands were lost.


Note: the (M) for Sto 1c (M) indicates he passed the Auxiliary Machinery Watchkeeping course for Stoker Ratings.


Ships served in:

KINGSTON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 04 Jul 1941 as a Sto 2c, RCNVR. Commenced Active Service 05 Jul 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 07 Sep 1941 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

* Granted Aux Watchkeepers Cert - 07 Nov 1941

PICTOU M.T.E. - Drafted to PICTOU M.T.E. 08 Nov 1941 at a Sto 1c (M), RCNVR

* Qual MM 31 Jan 1942

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 03 Feb 1942 as a Sto 1c (M), RCNVR

HMCS RACCOON - Drafted to RACCOON 06 Feb 1942 as a Sto 1c (M), RCNVR





(EH01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(EH02) Report of Death

(EH03) Letter to Sto Howe's mother


The Toronto Telegram Sep 1942



Second World War Casualty Index