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Ronald Frederick Darby


Acting Chief Petty Officer, Gunnery Branch, RCNVR


Petty Officer 1st Class, Quarters Rating, 11626-H, RCN


Born: 31 Oct 1919, Birmingham, England


Died: 31 Aug 1952 (near) Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


DARBY, Ronald Frederick


Naval Funeral Tomorrow - Murals Remain As Tribute to Naval Track Star


A funeral service with full naval honors will be held from St. Paul's Church at 2 p.m. tomorrow for Chief Petty Officer Ronald Frederick Darby, of HMCS Stadacona, killed in a highway accident Sunday. CPO Darby was killed when the truck he was driving went into a ditch near Charlottetown, where he was scheduled to compete with a navy track team in the Labor Day track meet.


A graduate with an honor diploma from the Ontario College of Art, CPO Darby had just last week completed murals for the naval gunnery room at HMCS Stadacona. Naval authorities announced today that the murals will be hung in the gunnery room as a memorial to Chief Petty Officer Darby.


Padre G.A. Stone, RCN, will officiate at the funeral service at St. Paul's tomorrow at 2 p.m. Interment with full naval honours will be in Fort Massey cemetery.


CPO Darby is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Darby, of Toronto; his wife, the former Lillian Hartlen; two sons, Thomas, Six, and Michael, two months, and one daughter, Susan, two; and a brother Robert of Toronto. (Halifax Mail Star, Wed 03 Sep 1952, Page 3 // Researched by George Newbury)


Article on the funeral for Petty Officer Darby (transcribed above)


Ronald's brother Robert Darby also served in the RCNVR during the Second World War


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Ronald Darby (left) with unknown friend

This is a wartime photo as his cap tally reads RCNVR TORONTO 



Article on the death of PO Ronald F. Darby 

Crow's Nest magazine - Nov 1952



PO Ronald Darby's headstone at the at the Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, NS.




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