For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
ANNETT, Robert Ivan Loucks, SLt (E), RCNVR, killed - 29 Apr 1944, HMCS ATHABASKAN - son of Ronald Ross and Lenora Annett, Consort, AB.
SLt Annett was in the first draft of 50 Naval Cadets to attend the newly re-established Royal Canadian Naval College (RCNC) in the Fall of 1942 as Senior Naval Cadets. R.I.L. Annett was graduated by RCNC at HMCS ROYAL ROADS in the summer of 1943, promoted to Midshipman in the RCNVR on 15 Aug 1943. He was then attached to his home unit, HMCS TECUMSEH in Calgary, thence to HMCS STADACONA, and on to HMCS ATHABASKAN.
"SLt(E) Robert Ivan Loucks Annett was the most junior officer on the ship. He was last seen alive by Lt(N) William Clark, who shared a Carley float with him. They both left the float to try to reach the rescuing ship HMCS Haida, then realized they couldn’t make it and turned back to the Carley float. When Clark managed to grab on to a broken cork net that floated nearby, he turned around and realized his companion had disappeared.” (CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum)
The Memorial Cairn in the Italian Garden at Royal Roads University, the grounds of the former Royal Canadian Naval College, thence Royal Roads Military College. SLt Annett’s name is engraved as the last ex-cadet to die in 1939-1945. The cairn was dedicated on Remembrance Day, November 11th, 1972, a gift of the RCNC Class of ’46.
SLt Annett was an Honour Graduate, Royal Canadian Naval College. He is buried in the Plouescat Communal Cemetery, Finistere, France.
Ships served in:
HMCS ATHABASKAN - Drafted to Athabaskan 13 Sep 1943 as Mid, RCNVR. Appointed to SLt 15 Feb 1944.
(1) Portrait of Midshipman Annett (2-3) Attestation papers (4) Summary of service (5) Report of Death (6) Letter to Slt Annett's mother stating his body has been identified and buried in Plouescat Cemetery (7) Temporary grave marker for SLt Annett