They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Lorne Stanley Kelsey


Able Seaman V919, RCNVR


Born: 19 Apr 1921, Greenan, west of Elrose, Saskatchewan


Died: 14 Oct 1943, Sydney, Nova Scotia


Book of Remembrance


KELSEY, Lorne Stanley, AB, V919, RCNVR, died - 14 Oct 1943, HMCS CANSO - Son of  Thomas S. and Georgina Agnes Kelsey, of Choiceland, SK. 


Able Seaman L. S. Kelsey was involved in a FIGHT with a soldier at Nelgah Beach near Sydney, Nova Scotia, but the coroner ruled that he died of an aneurysm caused by a pre-existing medical condition. He is buried in the Blue Fox Cemetery, Choiceland, SK.


Able Seaman Lorne Stanley Kelsey of Choiceland was the son of Thomas S., a World War I veteran, and Georgiana Agnes (Purdy) Kelsey who originally came from Ontario. In 1931 the family moved from Tate to Choiceland where Thomas operated a sawmill. Lorne was born at Greenan west of Elrose, educated at Choiceland and was working at sawmills in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario when he enlisted on January 07, 1942 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. 


Lorne's brothers John Gordon (Jack) Kelsey, Clifford Thomas Kelsey and Leonard Kelsey also served in the Navy.


Ships served in:

HMCS UNICORN - Enlisted 07 Jan 1942.  Commenced Active Service 23 Feb 1942

HMCS UNICORN - On Divisional Strength (not on active service) - 15 Aug 1942 - 10 Oct 1942 for Agricultural Leave

ML Q071 - Served in Q072 01 Nov 1942 - 20 Apr 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in GIVENCHY 22 Jun 1943 (1 day)

HMCS CANSO - Drafted to CANSO 23 Jun 1943 as an OS, RCNVR





(LK01-LK02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2  (LK03) Report of Death



Second World War Casualty Index