For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
BOSWORTH, Richard Cooper, Coder, V/49160, RCNVR, MPK - 21 Aug 1944, HMCS ALBERNI - son of George Frederick and Katherine Bernice Bosworth, of Paris, Ontario.
Coder Richard Cooper (Dick) Bosworth, younger son of Mrs. George Bosworth and the late Mr. Bosworth, 30 Dumfries St., Paris, was lost at sea when HMCS Alberni, a corvette, struck a magnetic mine in the English Channel on August 21, 1944. It was Coder Bosworth's first trip on this corvette, which left port at six o'clock that morning on what was to prove a tragic voyage for many members of her crew. Five hours later, the fatal blast occurred. The young Paris sailor, with his messmates, was lunching below deck, and had no opportunity to escape. His Captain, in writing to Mrs. Bosworth, paid high tribute to the qualities of friendship, dependability and contentment he had seen apparent in her son in his association with the Ship's Company. Enlisting in the RCNVR, in Hamilton on January 29, 1943, the young sailor trained at Charlottetown, Halifax, and St. Hyacinthe, and then sailed overseas in March, 1944, and was stationed for several months at HMCS Niobe at Greenock, Scotland, until he went on active duty. Born in Paris, November 3, 1922, Richard, or "Dick", as he was popularly known, received his education at the Paris Public and High Schools. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. After his school days he worked in the service station with his father, who survived him, but passed away in September, 1945.
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