They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


George Adam Merk


Steward, V32584, RCNVR


Born: 30 Oct 1923, Vibank, Saskatchewan


Died: 21 Aug 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MERK, George Adam, Steward, V32584, MPK - 21 Aug 1944, HMCS ALBERNI - Son of Anton and Angelina Merk, of Regina, Saskatchewan.


Steward Merk died when his ship, HMCS ALBERNI, was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel on 21 Aug 1944 by U-480, southeast of the Isle of Wight. Fifty-nine of her ship's company lost their lives. 


George was born at Vibank and attended Sacred Heart school and Scott collegiate before enlisting at HMCS Queen early in 1942.


Ships served in:

HMCS QUEEN - Enlisted 02 Mar 1942. Commenced Active Service 09 Apr 1942 as a Probationer Steward, RCNVR

HMCS CHIPPAWA - Drafted to CHIPPAWA 12 Apr 1942

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 08 Jun 1942

HMCS DUNDAS - Drafted to DUNDAS 16 Aug 1942

HMCS AVALON - Drafted to AVALON 01 Oct 1942

* Rated Steward 07 Jan 1943

HMCS AVALON - Drafted to AVALON 13 Sep 1943

HMCS ALBERNI - Drafted to ALBERNI 09 Mar 1944




(GM01) Portrait of Steward George Merk

(GM02) Documents from the Service File of George Merk



Second World War Casualty Index