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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Joseph Gilbert


Boatswain, 40114, RNCVR


Born: 24 Aug 1875, Weston-by-Welland mkt, Harborough, Leicestershire, England


Died: 30 Oct 1918 at sea


Book of Remembrance


GILBERT, Joseph Bos'n, RNCVR, MPK - 30 Oct 1918, HMCS GALIANO - Husband of Edith Ellen Gilbert, of South Vancouver, BC.


On 29 Oct 1918 the GALIANO was sent with supplies to the light house at Triangle Island off Cape Scott at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. A number of her regular crew were unable to make the trip due to illness as the 1918 flu pandemic had reached her base at Esquimalt. She set out towards the Queen Charlotte Islands from Triangle Island at 5 pm on Oct 29th. When she made her only distress call at 3 am the next morning, she was estimated to be within visual range of the light at Cape St. James 95 miles from Triangle Island. She was never heard from again and went down with the loss of all hands.


Ships served in:

HMCS RAINBOW (depot ship) - Appointed to Rainbow 10 Oct 1917 as a Temp Bos'n, RNCVR (Navy List Jun 1918)



The British Colonist

14 Nov 1918



First World War Casualty Index - RCN