They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Clare Andrew Real


Able Seaman Lay Rating 3rd Class, V12453, RCNVR


Born: 14 Oct 1915, Edmonton, Alberta


Died: 10 Feb 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


REAL, Clare Andrew, AB, V12453, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Son of Mrs. Florence Real, Edmonton, Alberta.


AB Real 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. He joined the navy on September 26, 1940, and left for Halifax in April, 1941. He was 27 years of age and attended Eastwood and Technical Schools. He had a brother John Real who was also in the RCNVR.


Clare's brothers, John Blake Real and Harold Percival Real served in the RCNVR during the Second World War.


Ships served in:

EDMONTON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 26 Sep 1940. Commenced Active Service 01 Apr 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 19 Apr 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated A/LR III 05 Jul 1941

HMCS SPIKENARD - Drafted to SPIKENARD 05 Aug 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 29 Dec 1941

* Confirmed LR III 29 Dec 1941


Documents from the Service File of Clare Real



Second World War Casualty Index