They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Charles Edwards


Able Seaman, Seaman Torpedoman, V77053, RCNVR


Born: 21 May 1926, Port Arthur, Ontario


Died: 16 Apr 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


EDWARDS, Charles AB ST, V77053, RCNVR, killed - 16 Apr 1945, HMCS ESQUIMALT - Son of Walter and Hilda M. Edwards of Port Arthur, Ontario.


AB Edwards died when his ship, HMCS ESQUIMALT, was torpedoed and sunk by U-190 off the approaches to Halifax harbour. His body was recovered and he was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Thunder Bay, Ontario.


Charles' brother, William H. Edwards, also served in the RCNVR during the Second World War.


Ships served in:

HMCS GRIFFON - Enlisted 18 Jan 1944.  Commenced Active Service 14 Feb 1944R

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 28 Jun 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS AMBLER - Served in AMBLER 11 Aug 1944 - 18 Aug 1944 for training while drafted to HMCS CORNWALLIS

HMCS STADACONA II - Drafted to STADACONA 26 Aug 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated ST 23 Oct 1944

HMCS PEREGRINE - Drafted to PEREGRINE 27 Oct 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS SCOTIAN - Drafted to SCOTIAN 04 Nov 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS ESQUIMALT - Drafted to ESQUIMALT 08 Nov 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 14 Feb 1945




(CE01) Documents from the Service File of Charles Edward

(CE02) Stained Glass Window Stained glass window from St. John's Anglican Church, Thunder Bay, Ontario dedicated to Charles Edwards



Second World War Casualty Index