Ordinary Seaman D/JX 179370
Frederick Donald Chisholm
HMCS Fraser Royal Navy
Killed in action Tuesday 25th June 1940 aged 22.
At 10.30pm on the 25th of June 1940 HMCS Fraser was given orders to proceed to Bordeaux, France to help in the rescue of an estimated four thousand personnel trapped in the area by the German army. Accompanying the Fraser was the Canadian destroyer HMCS Restigouche and the British cruiser HMS Calcutta.
In rough seas and poor visibility, the captain of the Fraser decided that the three ships should move closer together and ordered a turn to port in order to bring his ship behind HMS Calcutta. In doing so the two ships collided, the bow of the heavier Calcutta sliced into the side of the Fraser with such force that the lighter vessel was cut into three pieces. Forty-five crewmembers were killed including Frederick.
Frederick has no known grave and is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
The son of John Chisholm and Gertrude Chisholm, of Belper Frederick was born on Tuesday 5th March 1918.
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