They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
REAL, Clare Andrew, AB, V12453, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Son of Mrs. Florence Real, Edmonton, Alberta.
AB Real died when his ship, HMCS SPIKENARD, was torpedoed and sunk by U-136, about 465 nautical miles west of Malin Head, Ireland while escorting convoy SC-67. Of her crew of 65, there were only 8 survivors. He joined the navy on September 26, 1940, and left for Halifax in April, 1941. He was 27 years of age and attended Eastwood and Technical Schools. He had a brother John Real who was also in the RCNVR.
Ships served in:
EDMONTON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 26 Sep 1940. Commenced Active Service 01 Apr 1941
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 19 Apr 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated A/LR III 05 Jul 1941
HMCS SPIKENARD - Drafted to SPIKENARD 05 Aug 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated AB 29 Dec 1941
* Confirmed LR III 29 Dec 1941
Documents from the Service File of Clare Real