Franklin George Macklin

Franklin George Macklin

L/Sig. Franklin George Macklin, eldest son of Mr. S. George Macklin, 145 Cayuga Street, was a veteran of more than nine years service with the Royal Canadian Navy at the outbreak of the Second Great War. He had joined its ranks in July, 1930, when he was 16 years of age, and through, the succeeding years enjoyed many interesting experiences at sea and abroad. Among the most memorable was the part he played as a representative of Canada's ratings at the unveiling of the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France on July 27, 1936, and also when he was on the crew of the ship that carried Their Majesties, King George and Queen Elizabeth up the Pacific Coast on their visit to Canada in 1939. L/Sig. Macklin lost his life on the destroyer H.M.C.S. Fraser when she was sunk on June 25, 1940, and he was thus the first of Brantford's sons to give his life for King and Country in the Second Great War, He had been overseas about a month before the Fraser went down, sent over when the first ships of the R.C.N. were dispatched to Britain to engage in coastal defense work. Born in Brantford, January 1, 1914, Franklin attended King Edward School. He was employed for a short time at the Crown Electrical Manufacturing Company, Ltd. He attended Zion United Church.

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