They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Lionel Raymond Edward (Ray) Hounsell


Ordinary Seaman, V23734, RCNVR


Born: 09 Aug 1922, Montreal, Quebec


Died: 10 Feb 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


HOUNSELL, Lionel Raymond Edward, OS, V23734, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Son of John and Muriel Hounsell, Montreal, Quebec.


OS Hounsell died when his ship, HMCS SPIKENARD, was torpedoed and sunk by U-136, about 465 nautical miles west of Malin Head, Ireland while escorting convoy SC-67. Of her crew of 65, there were only 8 survivors.


Ordinary Seaman Lionel Raymond Edward Hounsell, age 20, whose sister Mrs. Nesta Lancaster, lives at 3451 Shuter Street, is only 19 and enlisted last May. A brother, John Hounsell, is also in the Navy. Two other sisters here are Miss Geraldine Hounsell and Mrs. Patricia Beebe.



Lost at sea February 10, 1942. HMCS Spikenard. Always remembered, sister Nesta and Gerry. (The Montreal Gazette, 11 Nov 2008)



Ships served in:

MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 21 Apr 1941. Commenced Active Service 13 Jun 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 14 Aug 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS SPIKENARD - Drafted to SPIKENARD 20 Oct 1941 as an OS, RCNVR





(LH01) Portrait of OS Ray Hounsell

(LH02) Ray (right) with his brother John and dog Major - Courtesy of Operation Picture Me

(LH03) Documents from the Service File of Raymond Hounsell



Second World War Casualty Index