They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Thomas Akam


Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class, 21214, RCN


Born: 02 Jun 1906, London, England


Died: 22 Oct 1940 at sea


Book of Remembrance


AKAM, Thomas, CERA 2c, 21214, RCN, MPK - 22 Oct 1940, HMCS MARGAREE - Husband of Jeanie G. A. Akam, of Victoria, BC.


Thomas Akam, RCN, CERA on the Canadian destroyer Margaree, lost in mid-Atlantic, who is reported missing, was a survivor of the Canadian destroyer Fraser, cut in two off the coast of France during a dense fog last June. He is a brother of John W. Akam, Aldershot. Akam, who is 34, spent his younger days in the Aldershot district and joined the Canadian Navy fourteen years ago. His father lost his life in the Great War. Prior to the outbreak of war he was stationed at Esquimalt, B.C., and in September, 1939, was transferred to Halifax. He saw service in the West Indies in March of this year, and later was sent to England. As a member of the Canadian navy he attended the Coronation of King George in London, and was aboard one of the vessels which convoyed Their Majesties to Canada last year. He also had been at Gibraltar. He was educated at Fairfield Public School Aldershot and the Hamilton Technical School, Hamilton, Ontario. He married on August 11, 1937, to Jean Whitehouse, by whom he is survived at Victoria, B.C., together with a step-son, William and a son, Thomas.


Ships served in:

HMCS STADACONA - Enlisted 30 Sep 1927 as an A/ERA 4c

HMS NELSON - Served in NELSON 01 Jan 1929 - 29 Mar 1929 as an A/ERA 4c and ERA 4c, RCN. Rated ERA 4c 28 Mar 1929

HMCS CHAMPLAIN - Served in CHAMPLAIN 01 Jan 1930 - 03 Sep 1930 as an ERA 4c, RCN

HMCS YPRES - Served in YPRES 01 Jan 1931 - 09 May 1931 as an ERA 4c, RCN

HMCS VANCOUVER - Served in VANCOUVER 18 Jun 1931 - 30 Nov 1935 as and ERA 3c and ERA 2c, RCN.  Rated ERA 2c 30 Sep 1934

HMCS SKEENA - Served in SKEENA 01 Dec 1935 - 31 Dec 1937 as an ERA 2c, RCN

HMCS ARMENTIERES - Served in ARMENTIERES 01 Jan 1938 - 14 Jun 1939 as an A/CERA 2c and CERA 2c. Rated CERA 2c 01 Jan 1939

HMCS FRASER - Drafted to Fraser 15 Jun 1939. Survived the sinking of HMCS FRASER on 25 Jun 1940.

HMCS MARGAREE - Drafted to MARGAREE 10 Aug 1940 as a CERA 2c, RCN






(TA01-TA02) Record of Service  (TA03) Report of Death  (TA04) Letter to CERA Akam's widow]



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