Able Seaman Anthony D. Bianco

John Hawley wrote a comment. He was inquiring about AB Anthony Bianco.

Do you have a photo or received any comments regarding AB Anthony Bianco? I believe he is from my hometown (Peterborough, Ontario). He was reported as lost when Athabaskan was sunk. Would be interested in any information about him.

Nothing much in the book Unlucky Lady.

cover page 1

Just this picture and this note…

BIANCO, Anthony D, Able Seaman, V 34263 (RCNVR), Athabaskan (RCN), 29 April 1944, ship loss, MPK

MPK means Missing Presumed Killed.

MPK but not forgotten…

In memory of
Able Seaman ANTHONY DOMINIC BIANCO
who died on April    29, 1944

Military Service:

Service Number: V/34263
Age: 19
Force: Navy
Unit: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
Division: H.M.C.S.  Athabaskan

Additional Information:

Son of Nicola and Olimpia Bianco, of Peterboro, Ontario.  Brother of Gunner James Vincent Bianco, Royal Canadian Artillery, killed in action on 12 September 1944.  The province of Ontario honoured Able Seaman Bianco by naming Bianco Lake in his honour.

Burial Information:

Cemetery: HALIFAX MEMORIAL Nova Scotia,Canada
Grave Reference: Panel 11.
Location: The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia’s capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea.  Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives.
This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs.
The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax.  The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:

1914  1918   
1939 1945
IN THE HONOUR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NAVY ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY OF CANADA WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED HERE  THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN BUT THEIR MEMORY SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

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8 thoughts on “Able Seaman Anthony D. Bianco

  1. I’m not clear how to join this ever-growing site. I am tracing a relative who died on the Athabascan – Ian A Robertson. I wonder if any one can identify him from the crew photos? That would be interesting. I would love to know from anyone who knew him either as shipmate or relative of shipmate. He was 20 when killed.
    Regards
    James I Robertson Burt

    1. His brother died a few months after.
      I never realized that. I was just editing that post and read that information.

      Son of Nicola and Olimpia Bianco, of Peterboro, Ontario. Brother of Gunner James Vincent Bianco, Royal Canadian Artillery, killed in action on 12 September 1944. The province of Ontario honoured Able Seaman Bianco by naming Bianco Lake in his honour.

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