They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


John Basil Bland


Stoker 1st Class, V58685, RCNVR


Born: 10 Oct 1923, Clover Hill, New Brunswick


Died: 16 Apr 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


BLAND, John Basil, Sto 1c, V58685, RCNVR, MPK - 16 Apr 1945, HMCS ESQUIMALT - Son of Arthur Aloysius Bland and Dorothy Gladys Bland, of Norton, New Brunswick.


Stoker Bland died when his ship, HMCS ESQUIMALT, was torpedoed and sunk by U-190 off the approaches to Halifax harbour.


Ships served in:

Special Service Division RCNVR - Enlisted 05 Apr 1943

HMCS STADACONA - Commenced Active Service 05 Apr 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 06 Apr 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 01 Jun 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS AVALON - Drafted to AVALON 18 Sep 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS ESQUIMALT - Drafted to ESQUIMALT 03 Sep 1944 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR


Documents from the Service File of John Bland



Second World War Casualty Index