President's Report 2006 | Alumni

To Brighten the Flame of Remembrance


As graduates of Memorial University our education is, in a way, a tribute to those who served and died in the two world wars of the early 20th Century. Numbered among the dead are 30 young alumni of Memorial University College. They died in World War II as they passed on the flame that was handed to them by the earlier generation of young Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. And so, to keep the faith with those alumni who had their brief and promising lives extinguished in the air, at sea and on land, we publish here their roll call.

BAIRD, David Monroe
Flight Sergeant, Royal Canadian Air Force
Missing in Action 1941.
Died May 31, 1942, age 20
Runnymede Memorial Cemetery, England
Parents: David Monroe & Emma M. Baird
24 Monkstown Road, St. John's
Memorial University College:
Science, 1940-1941

BANIKHIN, Lawrence
Flight Sergeant (Pilot), 36th Squadron, Royal Air Force
Missing in India 1942.
Died October 6, 1942, age 23
Ranchi War Cemetery, India
Parents: Frank & Esther Banikhin,
Waterfordbridge Road, St. John's
Memorial University College: 1938-1939

BARRETT, John Hamilton
Pilot Officer, Royal Canadian Air Force
Lost at sea on the SS Caribou, October 14, 1942, age 20
National War Memorial, Ottawa
Parents: John A. & Ena Constance Barrett, Curling
Memorial University College: Science 1937-1939

BUTT, Walter Robert
Flying Officer, 2nd Squadron, Royal Air Force
Killed as a result of air operations, July 5, 1943
Brookwood Military Cemetery, England
Parents: Walter Butt, 103 LeMarchant Road, St. John's
Memorial University College: Pre-medicine 1939-1941

CLARKE, Herbert Bond
Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force
Died June 2, 1945, age 24
National War Memorial, Ottawa
Parents: Wilson & Mary B. Clarke, St. John's
Memorial University College: Engineering, 1939-1940

CLARKE, Roy
Flying Officer, 2nd Squadron, Royal Air Force
Major, Royal Army Medical Corps, Missing at sea, December 6, 1942.
Died December 7, 1942, age 37
Brookwood Memorial Cemetery, England
Memorial University College: Pre-Medicine 1925-1927

COLLINS, William Bradley
Royal Air Force, Ferry Command, Radio Branch Killed in aeroplane accident, Bermuda,
March 13, 1943, age 25
Parents: James Collins, 180 Patrick Street, St. John's
Memorial University College: Engineering 1936-1937

DELANEY, Thomas Joseph
DELANEY, Thomas Joseph
Sergeant (Air Gunner), 107th Squadron, Royal Air Force
Died April 12, 1942
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France
Of Military Road, St. John's
Memorial University College: Teacher-training 1936-1937

EVANS, John Kevin
Pilot Officer (Nav.), Royal Air Force Killed in accident, September 16, 1944, age 25
Cambridge City Cemetery, England
Parents: Michael Joseph & Anne Evans, St. John's
Memorial University College: Engineering, 1938-1941

FRENCH, Victor Raymond
Sergeant (Wing Operations/Air Gunner),
405th Squadron, Royal Air Force
Died September 10, 1942, age 24
Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany
Parents: William Thomas & Ethel French,
Clarke's Beach, Conception Bay
Memorial University College: Teacher-training, 1936-1937

HARNETT, Neil Willoughby
Warrant Officer (Nav./Bomber), Royal Air Force
Killed in airplane accident, January 4, 1945, age 25
Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Cheshire, England
Parents: William & Annie May Colbourne Harnett, Twillingate
Memorial University College: Arts and Science, 1934-1935

HOWSE, William Palmer
Corporal, Royal Canadian Air Force
Lost at sea on the SS Caribou, October 14, 1942
National War Memorial, Ottawa
Father: Rev. Dr. Charles Howse
Memorial University College: Arts and Science
1931-32, 1934-35

HARNETT, Neil Willoughby
Warrant Officer (Nav./Bomber), Royal Air Force
Killed in airplane accident, January 4, 1945, age 25
Chester (Blacon) Cemetery, Cheshire, England
Parents: William & Annie May Colbourne Harnett, Twillingate
Memorial University College: Arts and Science, 1934-1935

KERR, David Simpson
Flying Officer (Nav.), 432nd Squadron,
Royal Canadian Air Force
Killed in action, February 2, 1944, age 21
Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire, England
Parents: Mrs. D S Kerr, 164 Pleasant Street, St John's
Memorial University College: Engineering 1938-1941

LACEY, David Brendan
Pilot Officer, 125th Squadron, Royal Air Force
Died May 16, 1942, age 21
Colerne (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard, England
Parents: John J. & Anne D. Lacey,
71 Cochrane Street, St. John's
Memorial University College: Arts and Science 1939-1940

LEARNING, Harold Lewis
Sergeant (Pilot), 125th Squadron Royal Air Force
Died August 16, 1941, age 22
Colerne (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard, England Parents: George & Sarah Learning,
Freshwater Valley, St. John's
Memorial University College: Arts & Science 1936-1939

LUTHER, Wallace Clifford
Flying Officer (Nav.), 158th Squadron
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died May 29, 1943, age 24
Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium
Parents: Luke & Flora Luther, Sunnyside, Trinity Bay
Memorial University College: Arts and Science 1937-1938

MARTIN, Edgar Raymond *
Lost at sea on the SS Caribou, October 14, 1942
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James Martin,
110 Springdale Street, St. John's
Memorial University College: 1939-1941

MORRIS, David Gordon
Pilot Officer, 405th Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force
Died June 9, 1942, age 24
Runnymede Memorial Cemetery, England
Parents: John William and Mary Thurston Morris, 22 Atlantic Avenue, St. John's
Memorial University College: Engineering 1935-1938

PARSONS, Clarence Walter
Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force Died December 2, 1944, age 26
Parents: Alexander Parsons, Bell Island
Memorial University College: Engineering 1934-1938

SAINT, Alexander Duncan
Sergeant (Obs.), 115th Squadron, Royal Air Force Died April 26, 1942, age 23
Aabenraa Cemetery, Denmark
Parents: Wilfred & Drusilla Saint, Bonavista
Memorial University College: Teacher-training 1937-1938

SAMSON, Arthur James
Wing Commander, 117th Squadron,
Royal Air Force
Died September 8, 1945
Singapore Memorial Cemetery
Parents: Israel James & Constance Samson,
Winter Place, St. John's
Memorial University College: Science 1932-1934

SCAMMELL, Bernard Thomas
Sergeant (Wing Operations/Air Gunner), Royal Air Force
Died June 24, 1943, age 28
Oxford (Botley) Cemetery, England
Parents: Archibald & Sarah Scammell,
Change Islands, Gander Bay
Memorial University College: teacher-training, 1937-1938

SMITH, Francis
Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Died Cosford Air Force Hospital, July 22, 1941
Parents: Michael Smith, Brigus
Memorial University College: Arts and Science
1934-1936; Teacher-training 1936-1937

SNOW, Eric Augustus
Flight Lieutenant, 125th Squadron, Royal Air Force Died March 17, 1944
Runnymede Memorial Cemetery, England
Parents: Nathaniel Snow,
141 LeMarchant Road, St. John's
Memorial University College: Pre-medicine, 1933-1935

STEWART, Charles Henry
Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Sergeant, 101st Squadron, Royal Air Force Died July 9, 1942, age 24
Runnymede Memorial Cemetery, England
Parents: Alexander & Jessie Stewart,
Waterfordbridge Road, St. John's
Memorial University College: Pre-medicine, 1933-1935

STICK, James Robin
Warrant Officer Class II, Royal Canadian Air Force
Died February 14, 1943, age 24
Dartmouth (Mount Hermon) Cemetery, Nova Scotia
Parents: Joseph Paul & Olive Stick, St. John's
Memorial University College: 1938-1939

TEMPLEMAN, Philip Francis
Flying Officer (Pilot),
37th Squadron Royal Air Force
Died March 31, 1940, age 22
Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany
Parents: Edgar & Ethel Emma Templeman Bonavista
Memorial University College: Science 1933-1936

WAREHAM, Harold Baxter
Pilot Officer (Nav.),
100th Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Died December 16, 1943, age 30
Cambridge City Cemetery
Parents: Wilfred W. & Lydia Wareham, Harbour Buffett
Memorial University College: Science 1933-1936

WINTER, James Walcot
Gunner, 166th (Newfoundland) Field Regiment,
Royal Artillery
Died April 12, 1943, age 25
Beja War Cemetery, Tunisia
Parents: James Alexander & Mary Evangeline Winter,
Winter Place, St. John's
Memorial University College

* THE EDGAR RAYMOND MARTIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC

This scholarship, valued at the annual interest on the endowment, has been established by Mrs. Helen MacLeod in memory of her brother Edgar Martin. Edgar completed a bachelor of science at McGill University, Montreal in 1942 and died later that year while returning to St. John's aboard the S.S. Caribou which was torpedoed, causing the loss of 137 lives. Edgar was 19 years old with a profound love for classical music. In his memory, this scholarship is awarded each year to a full-time graduate student in the School of Music.