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Richard Alfred Smith


Stoker 1st Class, V27489, RCNVR


Born: 29 Jan 1925, Halifax, Yorkshire, England


Died: 04 Oct 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


SMITH, Richard Alfred, Sto 1c, V27489, RCNVR, MPK - 04 Oct 1944, HMCS CHEBOGUE - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Smith, of Toronto, Ontario; husband of Bernice Smith. of Toronto.


Stoker 1st Class Richard Alfred Smith, 39, only child of Mrs. Janet McKinnon of 14 Hope St., and the late Alfred Smith of Halifax, Yorkshire, is reported killed as a result of enemy action. In a casualty list issued by the Navy at Ottawa yesterday, Stoker Smith enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R. in October, 1941, and went to sea for the first time the following spring. Before he enlisted in the navy he had 13 years in the Non-Permanent Militia, being a member of several regiments. Stoker Smith was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, and went to school there, coming to Canada at the age of 15 with his mother. His wife, the former Bernice Witty of Montréal, lives at 5 Ashbury Ave., with their two children, Irene, 11, and Richard, 9.


Ships served in:

TORONTO DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 18 Jun 1941. Commenced Active Service 01 Oct 1941

HMCS REINDEER- Served in REINDEER 22 May 1942 - 04 Oct 1942 as a Sto 2c and Sto 1c, RCNVR. Rated Sto 1c 23 Sep 1942

HMCS CHEBOGUE - Drafted to CHEBOGUE 23 Feb 1944 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR






(RS01-RS02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(RS03) Report of Death

(RS04) Letter to Sto Smith's wife



Second World War Casualty Index