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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar 

 

Laurent Joseph Lucien Bertrand

 

Chief Petty Officer, 2408, RCN

 

Born:  08 Jan 1911, Montreal, Quebec

 

Died: 29 Apr 1944 at sea

 

Book of Remembrance entry

 

BERTRAND, Laurent Joseph Lucien, CPO, 2408, RCN, killed - 29 Apr 1944, HMCS ATHABASKAN - Born 09 Jan 1911, son of Adolph and Eva Bertrand; husband of Mary Madeleine Veronica Bertrand, all of Halifax, NS.

 

CPO Bertrand is buried in the Plouerscat Communal Cemetery, Finistere, France.

 

BERTRAND, Joseph Laurent Lucien - January 8, 1911 - April 29, 1944 - 75 years ago today you lost your life in the sinking of the HMCS Athabaskan and lie buried in Plouescat, France along with 28 ofyour shipmates. You left behind a wife, Mary Madeleine (Murphy) Bertrand who loved you to her last breath. You also left three young daughters, Jeanne, Kathleen, and Bonita. We have never forgotten your sacrifice for Canada and especially for your family. We will love you to our last breath as well. Thankfully remembered, Jeanne, Kathleen, Bonita, Paul and families. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 29 Apr 2019)

 

Ships served in:

HMCS YPRES - Served in Ypres 01 Jun 1930 - 30 Jul 1930 as an OS, RCN

HMS WARSPITE - Served in Warspite 20 Aug 1930 - 05 Jan 1931

HMS CHAMPION - Served in Champion 08 Apr 1931 - 19 May 1931

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in Saguenay 22 May 1931 - 23 Jun 1933 as an AB, RCN  // 15 Dec 1935 - 14 Jul 1936 an an A/LS, RCN  //  26 Apr 1937 - 03 Jun 1937 as a LS, RCN  //  17 Jun 1938 - 28 Nov 1938 as an A/PO & PO, RCN

HMCS CHAMPLAIN - Served in Champlain 01 Jan 1935 - 05 Jan 1935 as an AB, RCN

HMS HOOD - Served in Hood 24 Jun 1935 - 02 Nov 1935 as an AB, RCN

HMCS ST LAURENT - Served in St Laurent 14 Feb 1937 - 25 Apr 1935 as a LS, RCN

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Served in Assiniboine 19 Oct 1939 - 06 Aug 1940 as a PO, RCN

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Drafted to Athabaskan 04 Feb 1943 as a CPO, RCN

 

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(1-3) Certificate of Service  (4) Report of Death  (5) Letter to CPO Bertrand's wife informing her that he is missing following the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan  (6) Letter to CPO Bertrand's wife informing her that he husband is missing, presumed dead  (7) Letter to CPO Bertrand's widow informing her that her husband's body has been identified and his was buried in France  (8) Book or Remembrance entry

 

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