They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
MONKLEY, Harry Frederick, AB, V15121, RCNVR, MPK - 07 Sep 1942, HMCS RACCOON - Son of Mr and Mrs. Fred Monkley, of Smithers, British Columbia; father of Frederick Walter (3) and Lillian Jean (18 mos), of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
AB Monkley 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 his enlisting he worked for the CNR at Prince Rupert. Able Seaman Monkley, who was 25, went to Prince Rupert as a boy and was educated there. He belonged to the Prince Rupert Sea Cadets and later joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Ships served in:
PRINCE RUPERT DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 12 Oct 1934
PRINCE RUPERT DIVISION RCNVR - Re-enrolled 25 Oct 1937
PRINCE RUPERT DIVISION RCNVR - Re-entered 22 May 1939. Commenced Active Service 16 May 1940
HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 15 Jun 1940 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated LR3 03 Oct 1940
HMCS MALASPINA - Drafted to MALASPINA 25 Nov 1940 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 15 MAR 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS NADEN (for NOIC PRINCE RUPERT) - Drafted to NOIC PRINCE RUPERT 18 Mar 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated AB 15 Jun 1941
HMCS CLAYOQUOT - Drafted to CLAYOQUOT 16 Jul 1941 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS RACCOON - Drafted to RACCOON 21 Aug 1942 as an AB, RCNVR
(HM01) Certificate of Service
(HM02) Report of Death
Second World War Casualty Index