Heroic WWII vet­eran dies at 100

Lt. Cmdr. Mar­garet Brooke fought to save nurs­ing sis­ter af­ter ship tor­pe­doed

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

A dis­tin­guished Se­cond World War vet­eran has died at the age of 100.

De­fence Min­is­ter Har­jit Sajjan is­sued a state­ment say­ing re­tired Lt. Cmdr. Mar­garet Brooke died ear­lier this month at her home in Vic­to­ria.

Brooke was a nurs­ing sis­ter with the navy, sail­ing on the ferry S.S Cari­bou when it was sunk off the New­found­land coast by a Ger­man U-boat in 1942.

Brooke fought to save an­other nurs­ing sis­ter by hold­ing on to her while cling­ing to ropes on a cap­sized lifeboat.

The woman Brooke was try­ing to save died in the freez­ing wa­ter.

Brooke was named a mem­ber of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire for her hero­ism and re­mained an of­fi­cer in the Royal Cana­dian Navy be­fore re­tir­ing in 1962.

The navy an­nounced last year it would name one of its new pa­trol ships HMCS Mar­garet Brooke.

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