Was Hannah Baird was the first Canadian (and merchant mariner) killed as a result of enemy action in WWII?
January 31, 2011
I'm a researcher, writer in Manitoba, Canada and currently completing research on Canadian servicemen in the Battle of Britain (and others who were killed on active service prior to 1940).
I'm aware of the claim that Hannah Baird was the first Canadian (and merchant mariner) killed as a result of enemy action in WWII. I saw the July 2009 letter from D.B. Thomson where he refers to his grandmother (Hannah Baird) who was returning to Canada as a stewardess on the Athenia.
I'm anxious to obtain a photograph of Hannah Baird and wondered whether you can suggest where I might find one. I understand that there was a newspaper photo of her, perhaps in a life raft?
Thank you, in advance, for your kind consideration of my request.
I regret I do not have a photo of Hannah.
It is my understanding she was in a lifeboat that was chopped up by a rescue ship's propellor's and as a result died.
Sorry I cannot help.