They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Gerald Thomas Burke


Leading Stores Assistant, V27831, RCNVR


Born: 16 Sep 1922, Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario


Died: 08 Sep 1945


Book of Remembrance


BURKE, Gerald Thomas, L/SA, V27831, RCNVR  died - 08 Sep 1945, HMCS CAPILANO - Son of Gordon T. Burke and Mildred Burke, of Toronto, ON.


LSA Burke died when he fell from the stern of ship to the floor of the dry dock on 08 Sep 1945, fracturing his skull.  He is buried in the United Church Cemetery, Bath, ON.


Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted / Commenced Active Service 17 Dec 1941

HMCS MONTREAL - Served in MONTREAL 19 Dec 1941 - 12 Jan 1942 as a Prob Victualling Assistant, RCNVR

HMCS ROSTHERN - Served in ROSTHERN 15 Feb 1944 - 06 Aug 1944 as a L/SA, RCNVR

HMCS CHALEUR - Served in CHALEUR 11 Oct 1944 - 26 Oct 1944 as a L/SA, RCNVR

HMCS LACHUTE - Served in LACHUTE 27 Oct 1944 - 05 Apr 1945 as a L/LS, RCNVR

HMCS CAPILANO - Drafted to CAPILANO 12 Jun 1945 as a L/SA, RCNVR







(GB01-GB02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(GB03) Report of Death

(GB04) Letter from the CO of HMCS CAPILANO to LSA Burke's mother

(GB05) Article on the death of LSA Burke - Toronto Star Sep 1945


(GB06) Article on Gerald Burke and his 2 cousins serving during the war - Toronto Star Jun 1942



Second World War Casualty Index