They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


James Edward Bury


Stoker 1st Class, V42625, RCNVR


Born: 06 Nov 1920, Brantford, Ontario


Died: 18 Mar 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


BURY, James Edward, Sto 1c, V42625, RCNVR, MPK - 18 Mar 1945, HMCS ESQUIMALT - Son of James and Lillian G. Bury, of Brantford, Ontario.


Stoker Bury died when his ship, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH, was torpedoed and sunk by U-868 in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of 53 of her crew.


Stoker 1c James Edward Bury, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bury, 166 Brock St., had been on convoy duty for over two and a half years before he transferred to the minesweeper, H.M.C.S. Guysborough, and on his first voyage aboard this ship lost his life on March 18, 1945, when the Guysborough was lost in the Bay of Biscay. Stoker Bury had begun his naval career nearly four years previous, in September, 1941. He went directly from Brantford to Halifax and, after about six months' training there, was transferred to St. John's Newfoundland, from where he went to sea. Born in Brantford on November 6, 1920, James attended Major Ballachey School and the Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School. He then worked until his enlistment at the Cockshutt Plow Company, Ltd. A member of St. Jude's Anglican Church, he also sang in the choir. Fond of outdoor sports, he followed hockey, football and baseball with keen interest. (Biography Album of Honour for Brant County World War 11 1939 - 1945 Published in 1946 by The Brantford Kinsmen Club)


James' brother, Norman Bury, also served in the Navy during the Second World War.


Ships served in:

LONDON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 21 Jul 1942. Commenced Active Service 21 Sep 1942 as a Sto 2c, RCNVR

HMCS PROTECTOR - Drafted to PROTECTOR 25 Se p1942 as a Sto 2c, RCNVR

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 01 Dec 1942 as a Sto 2c, RCNVR

HMCS AVALON -  Drafted to AVALON 19 Feb 1943 as a Sto 2c, RCNVR

* Rated Sto 1c 21 Sep 1943

HMCS STADACONA 17 Mar 1944 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS MAHONE - Drafted to MAHONE 04 May 1944 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS PEREGRINE - Drafted to PEREGRINE 30 Jun 1945 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Drafted to GUYSBOROUGH 07 Feb 1945 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR




(JB01) Photo of Stoker James Bury from newspaper article on GUYSBOROUGH casualties

(JB02) Documents from the Service File of James Bury



Second World War Casualty Index