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Hamilton RNCVR sailor lost at sea in 1916

Wireless Telegraphy Operator Ernest Clement, VR-0058, RNCVR, son of Thomas H. and Margaret A Clement of 84 Burton Street, Hamilton.  Aged 19, he was washed overboard in a storm and lost on 12 December 1916, along with five others, while the former yacht HMCS GRILSE was en-route down the east coast of Nova Scotia.  The ship itself was initially believed lost.

GRILSE alongside in Halifax with NIOBE and another cruiser, probably HMS HIGHFLYER, in the background.