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Sydney Charles Avey
Sto. 1/C Sydney Charles Avey, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Avey, 158 Campbell Street, died on May 6, 1944, following the sinking of the Canadian Frigate Valleyfield, on convoy duty between Halifax and Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The frigate had made one successful trip but on the second trip, on the homeward voyage, it was torpedoed about 80 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. The torpedo struck amidships and exploded the magazine, ripping the Valleyfield in two. Born August 11, 1924, Sydney received his education at King George School and the Brantford Collegiate Institute. In 1941, he began a course of instruction as a machinist under the government training plan and served for six months at the Robbins and Myers Company of Canada, Ltd. Wishing to specialize in his trade, he took a further course in tool-making in Hamilton and upon its completion began working at the Cockshutt Plow Company, Ltd. He was employed in the tool-room there for seven months before he enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R. in September, 1943. After six weeks' training in Hamilton, he was moved to H.M.C.S. Cornwallis and then to Halifax. Sto. Avey served his King and country well. He was a member of Wellington Street United Church and an ardent leader of the Brantford Young People's Fellowship.