Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMCS ATHABASKAN (G07)

[Edited from the “Event” entry on the RRU website: RRU Event Notice – HMCS ATHABASKAN Sinking 75th Anniversary Commemoration (will open in a new window/tab).]

A commemorative ceremony to mark the largest loss of life in the Royal Canadian Navy’s history takes place at Royal Roads University Monday, April 29.

Ship's company of the destroyer HMCS Athabaskan, Plymouth, England, April 1944. Library and Archives Canada PA-131800

Those connected to the story of HMCS ATHABASKAN, which sank off the coast of Brittany in 1944 in the lead up to D-Day, are invited to a private service in the Hatley Castle Drawing Room at 3 p.m. Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact Geoffrey Bird, associate professor and project lead for the War Heritage Research Initiative.

A public wreath laying will take place at the cenotaph in the Italian Garden at 4 p.m. This small cenotaph includes the name of Sub-Lieutenant Robert Annett, a young officer who served in  ATHABASKAN after graduating in 1943 as a member of the first class at the newly re-established Royal Canadian Naval College, now Royal Roads University. After giving his life preserver to another sailor, he perished. His body was recovered and he is buried in  Nearby École John Stubbs Memorial School carries the name of the captain of ATHABASKAN, who also perished in the sinking.

The event is part of Royal Roads University’s War Heritage Research Initiative. Led by Prof. Bird, the project has produced more than 30 documentary vignettes on sites of war memory, exploring the relationship between sites of war memory, heritage and remembrance.

For more information, contact


You may also wish to view the personal invitation issued to our club:

HMCS ATHABASKAN Sinking – 75th Anniversary Commemoration (will open in a new window/tab)

Kevin J. Macdonald
Online Communications Coordinator