They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Garry Ferguson Forbes


Able Seaman, Anti-Aircraft Gunner 3rd Class, V16587, RCNVR


Born: 09 Nov 1922, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Died: 20 Sep 1943 at sea


Book of Remembrance


FORBES, Garry Ferguson, AB, V16587, RCNVR, killed - 20 Sep 1943, HMCS ST CROIX - Son of Florence (Mrs. Aubrey Percy Cannon) of Port Arthur, Ontario and the late James Alexander Forbes; brother of Kenneth Cannon and Mrs. C. Lachine of Port Arthur.


Ships served in:

PORT ARTHUR DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 14 Aug 1941.  Commenced Active Service 01 Oct 1941

* Rated AA3 08 May 1942

HMCS CAMROSE - Served in CAMROSE 09 May 1942 - 06 Dec 1942 as an OS.AA3 and AB.AA3, RCNVR.  Rated AB 01 Oct 1942

HMCS ST CROIX - Drafted to ST CROIX 11 Feb 1943 as an AB.AA3, RCNVR






(GF01-GF02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2  (GF03-GF04) Notification of AB Forbes missing on war service and official declaring of missing, presumed dead





(GF05-GF06) Articles on AB Forbes home on leave and his return to duty  (GF07) Article on AB Forbes reported missing.  All three articles are from the Port Arthur New Chronicle.


Articles on the sinking of HMCS ST CROIX

The Lethbridge Herald 01 Oct 1943


Articles on the sinking of HMCS ST CROIX

The News Chronicle

Port Arthur, Ontario, Friday Evening 01 Oct 1943


Lone Survivor tells how sailors jumped off ST CROIX into ocean then died next day on rescue ship

The Toronto Daily Star 07 Oct 1943


Courtesy of Elizabeth Trenchard



Second World War Casualty Index