|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1945|
|Death: ||Oct. 23, 1969|
Leading Seaman (Corporal Wheeler)
Royal Canadian Navy
Age 24, from Halifax, NS
He was one of nine sailors who died as a result of a gearbox explosion and fire aboard HMCS Kootenay. The inferno on the lower decks injured 53 others. It was the worst peacetime accident in Canadian naval history. The ship was one of eight Canadian Navy destroyer-escorts conducting full power trials and NATO exercises on October 23, 1969 in the English Channel. Four sailors were buried in England, four were buried at sea off Plymouth and one rests in a Canadian cemetery.
LS Bourret enlisted on October 4, 1962 in Quebec City. Son of Patrice and Marguerite Bourret of Weddon, Quebec. Husband of Roberta Sandra (nee Rapp) Bourret of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The others killed while serving:
CPO Vaino Olavi Partanen CV
PO2 Lewis John Stringer CV CD
CPO2 William Alfred Boudreau CD
PO Eric George Harman CD
LS Thomas Gordon Crabbe
LS Gary Wayne Hutton
OS Michael Alan Hardy
OS Nelson Murray Galloway
*Thanks to Charlie for the headstone photo
Brookwood Military Cemetery
Plot: Plot 4, Grave 224008, Row Alpha
Created by: Milou
Record added: Oct 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43463577
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