Researcher honoured for detailing all 2,143 Canadian navy lives lost during WWII

The Ottawa Citizen reported on researcher Robert D’Aoust who received the Admirals’ Medal last week at the annual Battle of the Atlantic Veterans dinner. Mr. D’Aoust is the author of Ultimate Sacrifice, a three-volume work that “details the where, when, how, why and in what way 2,143 Canadian sailors died serving their country in the Second World War.”

“D’Aoust spent seven years researching and writing to tell the stories of the Canadian navy sailors who died during the war. A former engineer for National Cash Register, he took up the task when he retired in 2005. At first he was only trying to find out what happened to 14 family members who’d died serving in the armed forces during the First and Second World Wars. That inquiry, however, soon turned into a mammoth project.”

Mr. D’Aoust regards himself as “merely the representative of the dead.” Perhaps that is what all family historians are, representatives of our ancestors.

Read more about this remarkable researcher and his work in the Ottawa Citizen.


About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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