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They made the Ultimate Sacrifice 


James Willard MacDonald


Steward, 51139-H, RCN


Born: 03 Aug 1922, New Castle, New Brunswick


Died: 04 Nov 1947, Londonderry, Northern Ireland


Book of Remembrance


MacDONALD, James Willard, Stwd, 51139-H, RCN died - 04 Nov 1947, HMCS WARRIOR - son of James and Laura MacDonald, of Newcastle, NB. Brother of Jean and half-brother of Jack, Fred, Francis, Mrs. Ernest Flood and Mrs. Fred Corbett.


James enlisted in the RCNVR (Service # V34623) on 18 Jun 1941 at Saint John, NB, as a Probationary Steward.  He transferred to the RCN on 22 Jul 1946 as a Steward. Steward MacDonald died when the plane in which he was a passenger crashed at Mayoghill, near Carvagh, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The plane exploded on impact and his body was not recovered.


Awards and decorations:  1939-1945 Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, Africa Star, Atlantic Star


Ships served in:


HMCS ALGOMA - Served in Algoma 12 Dec 1942 - 23 Jan 1944 as a Probationary Steward / Steward, RCNVR. Rated Steward 15 Feb 1943.

HMCS ANNAPOLIS - Served in Annapolis 08 Mar 1944 - 20 Mar 1944 as a Steward, RCNVR

HMCS CHARNY - Served in Charny 21 Mar 1944 - 28 Jul 1945 as a Steward, RCNVR

HMCS WARRIOR - Served in Warrior 24 Jan 1946 - 12 Apr 1947 as a Steward, RCNVR / RCN. Transferred to RCN 22 Jul 1946

HMCS WARRIOR - Drafted to Warrior 30 Jun 1947 as a Steward, RCN


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(1) Certificate of Service RCNVR  (2) Naval Training and Active Service record  (3-4) Certificate of Service RCN  (5) Report of Death



In Service of Canada - RCN Peacetime Casualty Index