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Thomas Gordon Crabbe
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Birth: Apr. 21, 1940
Alonsa
Manitoba, Canada
Death: Oct. 23, 1969


Leading Seaman (Corporal)
HMCS Kootenay
Royal Canadian Navy
Canadian Forces
Age 29, from Dartmouth, 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 Crabbe enlisted on January 24, 1962 Winnipeg. Son of Jean (nee Milne) and Phillip Fawcett Crabbe of Neepawa, Manitoba. Brother of Etta, Philip, Robert, William, Arthur, Kenneth, Roy, Linda, Darwin and Donald. Husband of Kathryn Suzanne (nee Fowler) Crabbe and father of Brian and Bradley Crabbe of Dartmouth, 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 Pierre Serge Bourret
LS Gary Wayne Hutton
OS Michael Alan Hardy
OS Nelson Murray Galloway
 
 
Burial:
Body buried at sea
 
Created by: Milou
Record added: Oct 23, 2009
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Thomas Gordon Crabbe
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