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They made the Ultimate Sacrifice 


Jack Reginald Willdey, C.D.


Lieutenant-Commander (Electrical Branch), O-78163, RCN


Born: 15 Dec 1915, Lougheed, Alberta


Died: 03 Oct 1958, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Book of Remembrance


WILLDEY, Jack Reginald, LCdr (L) , O-78163, RCN, died 03 Oct 1958, HMCS CHAUDIERE - Son of John and Beatrice Kathleen (née Potts); husband of Mary Antonia (nee Davis) Willdey and father of Maureen, Thomas and Patricia Willdey of Windsor, ON.


Awards and decorations:  CVSM and clasp, War Medal 1939-45, CD and clasp


Jack enlisted in the RCN as an Ordinary Seaman on 11 Oct 1932.  He Commissioned from the Ranks and was appointed as a Warrant Telegrapher, RCN, with seniority dated 10 Jan 1944. Jack died of multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, as a result of falling from the mast of HMCS CHAUDIERE. He is buried in the Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor, NS.


Funeral Announcement:  The funeral of Lieut-Cmdr. John Reginald Wildey, who was killed Friday evening when he fell from the foremast of HMCS Chaudiere under construction at Halifax Shipyards, will be held at Christ Church, Windsor, Tuesday at 3p.m. Rev. Hastings Wainwright will officiate, assisted by Rev. Mortimer, chaplain at Stadacona. Interment will be in Maplewood cemetery. Commander Wildey was born at Camrose, Alberta, son of Mrs. T. (Solfleet) and the late John Wildey. He rose from the ranks, and served as Lieut-Cmdr. during the Second World War. Besides his mother, hi is survived by his wife, the former Miss Marry Davis, Ottawa, living at Windsor; two daughters, Maureen, Student nurse at Payzant Memorial Hospital; Patricia and a son Thomas, students at Windsor Academy, and a brother William, Vancouver. (The Halifax Mail-Star 06 Oct 1958 / Research by George Newbury)


Ships served in: (as an officer)

NSHQ OTTAWA - Appointed to NSHQ, SIGNAL DIVISION 07 Feb 1944 as an A/Warrant Telegraphist, RCN, O.I.C. Ottawa W.T. Station (Navy List Feb 1944)

HMCS UGANDA - Appointed to Uganda 10 Jan 1946 as a Warrant Radio Officer, RCN (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS STADACONA, RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax, Electrical School 05 Aug 1947 as a Commissioned Radio Officer, RCN (Navy List Jan 1948)

HMCS STADACONA, RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax, O.I.C. Newport Naval Radio Station 06 Sep 1948 as a Lt (L), RCN

NAVAL HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to Naval Headquarters Ottawa, Naval Technical Services, Electrical Engineering 04 Jul 1951 as a Lt (L), RCN (Navy List Jan 1952)

HMCS STADACONA, HMC DOCKYARD HALIFAX - Appointed to HMC DKYD Halifax 05 Jun 1953 as Lt (L), RCN, Add'l for HMCS Micmac (Navy List Jul 1953)

HMCS MICMAC - Appointed to Micmac 14 Aug 1953 as a Lt (L), RCN (Navy List Oct 1963).  Appointed as Electrical Officer (Navy List Jul 1955)

HMCS STADACONA, RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax 19 Aug 1955 as LCdr (L), RCN, Add'l, O.I.C. Newport Corners Radio Station (Navy List Jul 1956)

HMCS CHAUDIERE - Appointed to Chaudiere as a LCdr, RCN (Book of Remembrance)


Headstone of LCdr Jack Willdey at the Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor, NS.

Photographer / Courtesy of George Newbury


Article on the death of LCdr Jack Willdey

The Halifax Mail-Star 04 Oct 1958

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury



In Service of Canada - RCN Peacetime Casualty Index