For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


They made the Ultimate Sacrifice 


David Melrose


Able Seaman, A5395, RCNR


Born: 16 Feb 1919, Leith, Scotland


Died: 22 Aug 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MELROSE, David, AB, A5395, RCNR, killed - 22 Aug 1944, HMS NABOB - Son of Mr. and Mrs. David Melrose, of Collingwood, ON.


AB Melrose died when his ship, HMS NABOB, was hit by a torpedo from U-354 which resulted in the loss of 21 of NABOB'S crew. NABOB made it back to port but was never repaired. She was later paid off and sold for scrap.


AB Melrose is buried in the Douglas Bank Cemetery, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland.


Ships served in:

HMCS MONTREAL - Enlisted 18 Mar 1942. Active service 19 Mar 1942.

ML Q061 - Served in Q061 23 Jul 1942 - 28 Jul 1942 as an OS, RCNR

ML Q059 - Served in Q059 05 Oct 1942 - 23 Nov 1942

HMCS SHERBROOKE - Served in Sherbrooke 03 Dec 1942 - 26 Dec 1943

HMS NABOB - Drafted to Nabob 01 Jan 1944 as an OS, RCNVR


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(1) Certificate of Service  (2) Naval Training and Active Service record  (3-4) Service Summary  (5) Report of Death  (6) Letter to AB Melrose's father with details on the torpedoing of HMS Nabob and his son's death  (7) Temporary grave marker for AB Melrose 



Second World War Casualty Index