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Guest, Albert A.


Chief Petty Officer Steward, RCN


Died: 14 Dec 1950, Esquimalt, British Columbia


GUEST, Albert A. - Chief Petty Officer Albert A. Guest, who died in the RCN Hospital at Esquimalt December 14, was buried at sea from the minesweeper HMCS "Sault Ste. Marie" in waters of the Straits of Juan de Fuca, off Race Rocks, on December 18. The flag-draped casket was brought to the ship's side on a gun carriage drawn by 32 men under Petty Officer James Luke. In charge of the 12-men firing party was CPO Douglas Barker. On arrival at the burial area, the ship was stopped. Chaplain (P) B.A. Peglar conducted the service and at its conclusion the body was committed to the deep, the firing party fired three volleys and the bugler sounded the "Last Post" and "Reveille." Chief Petty Officers Richard Williams and Gerald Freeman placed wreaths on the water. Pallbearers, close friends and messmates of Chief Petty Officer Guest, were Chief Petty Officers Frank Elston, Leo Benaman, Phillip Richert and Robert Murray, and Petty Officers James Rogers and Robert Hughes. Chief Petty Officer Guest had been a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for the past 15 years. Born in Esquimalt, he joined the RCN at "NADEN" as an officers' steward in August 1935. He had served in the Cruiser "UGANDA", the destroyers "SKEENA" and "ST LAURENT" and in various shore establishments on both coasts. (CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 4, February, 1951)


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