Breaking News! Redux

I had gotten this comment five years ago from Norm Gervais and I had posted it on the blog.

This is the original post…


Mon père Jacques Gervais peut-être nommé comme James Gervais était je crois CPO lors de l’attaque. Il a dit très peu de choses lorsque il vivait au sujet de l’événement. Il doit sûrement sa vie au fait qu’il a été très sérieusement blessé et que à cause de ses blessure il a été placé dans un canot de sauvetage. Il paraitrait que plusieurs des marins non blessés ont dû s’accrocher au radeau parce qu’il n’y avait pas de place dans le canot. Certains de ceux-ci auraient été attaqué par des requins alors que d’autres seraient décédés à cause de l’eau froide. Mon père a été un de ceux qui n’a pas été fait prisonnier mais secouru par HMCS HAIDA.

Translation

My father Jacques Gervais, maybe going by the name James Gervais was I believe CPO (Chief Petty Officer) during the attack. He said very little about the event when he was living. He surely owed his life by the fact that he was very seriously injured, and because of this was put aboard a lifeboat. It would seem that several uninjured sailors had stayed in the water, and had to hold on to the lifeboat because there was not enough place. Some of them would have been attacked by sharks  while others died of hypothermia. My father was one of those not taken prisoner but rescued by HMCS HAIDA.


The name James Gervais or Jacques Gervais is not on the list found in the book Unlucky Lady.

This is the second time someone has written me about the list being incomplete.

The first time was in 2012 and I wrote about it.

Click here.

Norm wrote me a second time and he told me he thinks his father was working in the engine room… just like my wife’s uncle.

I got thinking…

Could Norm’s father be on these pictures taken early April 1944?

To be continued…?


Norm phoned me this afternoon and we should be meeting very soon. He is going to bring his father’s photos for me to scan.

To be continued…

9 thoughts on “Breaking News! Redux

  1. No shark attacks that early morning, the men were dying from hypothermia and their injuries. I looked through my Uncle’s list of POWs which included the ones sent to Paris and James Gervais or Jacques Gervais isn’t listed there either. Is there a list of names of the men rescued by Haida?

    1. I have never seen any list of the seamen rescued by the Haida nor a list of the seamen taken prisoners except in the book Unlucky Lady which seems to be incomplete. I know of three who told relative they were on the ship when it was attacked.

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