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They made the Ultimate Sacrifice 


Roger Demers


Ordinary Seaman, V43549, RCNVR


Born: 21 Sep 1921, Legal, Alberta


Died: 19 Jan 1944, Cristobal, Panama


Book of Remembrance


DEMERS, Roger, OS, V43549, RCNVR, died - 19 Jan 1944, HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Son of Joseph and Antoinette Demers, of AB.


Ordinary Seaman Demers accidentally drowned at Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama. He went ashore on a short leave and reported back to HMCS PRINCE HENRY at 10:30 pm. When the ships company assembled later in the morning next day Ordinary Seaman Demers absence was noticed and an extensive search was made immediately but without success. Roger Demers body was recovered from the dock at which the ship had been berthed on January 19, 1944.  OS Demers is buried in the Corozal American Military Cemetery, Panama.


Ships served in:

HMCS NONSUCH - Enlisted 25 Jul 1942

HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in GIVENCHY 09 Jul 1943 - 14 Aug 1943 as an OS, RCNVR


HMCS PRINCE HENRY - Drafted to PRINCE HENRY 04 Jan 1944 as an OS, RCNVR



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(1) Certificate of Service  (2) Naval Training and Active Service Record  (3-4) Service Summary  (5) Report of Death


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(6-10) Funeral service for OS Demers - 21 Jan 1944



Second World War Casualty Index