They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Clifford Irwin Purdy


Coder, V57602, RCNVR


Born: 02 Feb 1924, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Died: 13 Apr 1945, Belfast, Northern Ireland


Book of Remembrance


PURDY, Clifford Irwin, Coder, V57602, RCNVR, DOW - 13 Apr 1945, HMCS STRATHADAM - Son of Norman Adam and Florence Jane Purdy, of Vancouver, British Columbia.


Coder Purdy died of his wounds suffered on April 11, 1945 when a premature Hedgehog explosion on board the frigate HMCS STRATHADAM during an attack on a suspected submarine. He is buried in the Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Coder Clifford Irwin Purdy is one of three brothers in the service. His brother, WO1 Russell F. Purdy, R.C.A.F. has been a prisoner of war in Germany since October, 1943, and a second brother, Pte. Harold L. Purdy, has just arrived overseas with the Army. Clifford Purdy was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and worked there in the CNR freight office. He enlisted on March 24, 1943 and has been on sea duty since last November. He also served on the Canadian corvette HMCS ORKNEY before been transferred to HMCS STRATHADAM.


Ships served in:

HMCS UNICORN - Enlisted 24 Mar 1943. Commenced Active Service 24 Jun 1943

HMCS CHIPPAWA - Served in CHIPPAWA 21 Jul 1943 - 22 Aug 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS BYTOWN - Served in BYTOWN 25 May 1944 - 28 Aug 1944 as a Coder, RCNVR

HMCS ORKNEY - Served in ORKNEY 26 Sep 1944 - 13 Feb 1945 as a Coder, RCNVR

HMCS LA HULLOISE - Transferred (with Squadron Staff) to LA HULLOISE 14 Feb 1945

HMCS STRATHADAM - Transferred (with Squadron Staff) to STRATHADAM 20 Feb 1945






(CP01-CP02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(CP03) Report of Death

(CP04) Letter to Coder Purdy's mother on the death of her son



Second World War Casualty Index