They made the Ultimate Sacrifice

 

David James MacLaren

 

Lieutenant, RCNVR

 

Born: 17 Sep 1921, Toronto, Ontario

 

Died: 24 Jun 1945, Sydney, Nova Scotia

 

Book of Remembrance

 

MACLAREN, David James., Lt, RCNVR, died - 24 Jun 1945, HMCS MIDLAND - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bruce MacLaren of Toronto.

 

Lieut. David James MacLaren, 23, Heathdale Rd., was drowned yesterday at Sydney, N.S., when a whaler he was sailing with two other men capsized. Harbor craft from the shore establishment, H.M.C.S. Protector, picked up the three men, but efforts to revive MacLaren were unsuccessful. Lieut. MacLaren enlisted in October 1941, and following a course at King's College, N.S. served three years as first lieutenant aboard HMCS MIDLAND, which is now being decommissioned. A brother, Ian, was lost when HMCS VALLEYFIELD went down off Newfoundland in 1944. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth MacLaren, Heathdale Rd. and one brother, Kenneth, at home.

 

He is buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, ON.

 

Ships served in:

RCNVR DIVISION TORONTO - Enlisted 27 Oct 1941 as a Prob SLt, RCNVR

HMCS YORK - Served in YORK 13 Apr 1942 - 22 Apr 1942 as a Prob SLt, RCNVR

HMCS KINGS - Served in KINGS - 23 Apr 1942 - 16 Aug 1942 as a Prob SLt, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Served in STADACONA - 17 Aug 1942 - 23 Aug 1942 as a SLt, RCNVR

HMCS MIDLAND - Served in MIDLAND 24 Aug 1942 - 22 Feb 1944 as a SLt and Lt, RCNVR.  Appointed to Lt 13 Jan 1944

HMCS KINGS - Served in KINGS 23 Feb 1944 - 31 Aug 1944 For Divisional Duties as a Lt, RCNVR

HMCS MIDLAND - Appointed to Midland 01 Sep 1944 as a Lt, RCNVR, Additional.  Appointed XO 30 Sep 1944

 

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(DM01) Portrait of Lt David MacLaren  (DM02) Lt MacLaren's Appointment Certificates  (DM03) Service Summary  (DM04-DM05) RCMP report into the death of Lt MacLaren

 

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(DM06) Report of Death  (DM07) Letter to Lt MacLaren's parents from Lt W. Barbour, CO of HMCS MIDLAND, on their son's death  (DM08-DM09) Newspaper articles from the Toronto Star 1945 on the death of Lt MacLaren

 


 

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