PURDY, GORDON FRANCIS

Birthdate
Birthplace
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Age
27
Parents
Son of Fredrick and Ada Beatrice Purdy of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Roman Catholic
Occupation
Assembler at General Motors
Service number
V/52969
Engagement
1943-01-20
Date of death
1945-02-14
Died
Killed in action, Belgium
Force
Awards
Plot 1 | Row D | Grave 6

"ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HIM, O LORD: MAY HE REST IN PEACE"

Military grave
Additional info

29th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla / Her Majesty's Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat 462  (H.M.C.T.M.B 462)

The accident occurred in the harbour of Ostend, Belgium, on the 14th of February 1945, when an explosion and subsequent fires destroyed twelve Motor Torpedo Boats, closely berthed in a narrow passage known as the Grique inside the harbour. Five of the craft were Canadian and belonged to the 29th Canadian Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla commanded by Lieutenant Commander C.A. Law, D.S.C., Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Within a few minutes after the explosion boats were afire and it was impossible to move the inside craft to safety. One Officer and twenty-five Canadian Navla ratings lost their lives at this time and several were injured.

Medical attention was given as soon as possible by British and Canadian Naval and Army medical Officers who were immediately rushed to the scene.

The following is an excerpt from a report of a Canadian Naval Press Relations Officer regarding memorial services which were held.

"On the Sunday following, a memorial mass was said for the Canadian dead by Father Dodd in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. This was followed by an impressive memorial service in the dockyard, conducted by Chaplain E.R. Bowdler (Church of England), Royal Naval Reserve, Ostend Base Baval Chaplain, and Command Chaplain Ernest G.B. Foote (Protestant), Royal Canadian Navy. Officers and comrades of the men who their lives were drawn up on the decks of a group of Motor Torpedo Boats below the deck of the Control Tower where the service was conducted."

Naval Secretary