They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
FORREST, George Arthur Crites, ERA 4c, V33125, RCNVR, MPK - 06 Feb 1943, HMCS LOUISBURG - Son of William P. and Maud Mae (née Simser) Forrest, of Montréal, Québec; brother of William and Gladys. He was the loving spouse of Valerie Olive (née Dingle)Forrest, of Montréal, Québec. Father of Jeffrey George and Judith Priscilla. Prior to enlistment, Engine Room Artificer Forrrest was in the employ of the Canadian Pacific Railway as a 'call-boy'. The basic prerequisite for the job was to own a bicycle. His responsibilities were to go around ringing doorbells, at the homes of train crews, to advise them that their presence was required to be on duty as a certain time (Telephones were not as ubiquitous as they are now). He then worked his way into the CPR shops in the 'Montréal Terminals' region of the CPR. Having a strong mechanical aptitude, he apprenticed and became a 'Fitter' or journeyman steam fitter. He earned his certification while working at the 'Outrement' shops and roundhouse. His apprentice certificate was issued on January 12, 1940. It states that he served his apprenticing years from May 14, 1930 to May 20, 1936.
ERA Forrest died when his ship, HMCS LOUISBURG, which was on convoy duty in the Mediterranean, was sunk by bombs and torpedoes from Italian aircraft.
Ships served in:
MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 04 Aug 1941. Commenced Active Service 07 Aug 1941 as an A/ERA 4c, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 28 Aug 1941 as a A/ERA 4c, RCNVR
HMCS LOUISBURG - Drafted to LOUISBURG 08 Oct 1941 as an A/ERA 4C, RCNVR
(GF01) Portrait of ERA George Forrest
(GF02) Documents from the Service File of George Forrest
(GF03) Article from the Montreal Gazette on the death of ERA George Forrest