They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


John Anderson


Steward, V13680, RCNVR


Born: 20 May 1917, Seven Persons, Alberta


Died: 10 Feb 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


ANDERSON, John, Steward, V13860, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Son of Simon Christian and Gonda Anderson, of Eckville, Alberta.


Steward Anderson died when his ship, HMCS SPIKENARD, was torpedoed and sunk by U-136, about 465 nautical miles west of Malin Head, Ireland while escorting convoy SC-67. Of her crew of 65, there were only 8 survivors. Prior to joining the Navy John served in the Royal Canadian Engineers from 18 Aug 1940 to 05 Nov 1940.


John's brothers, William, Charly and Carl all served in the RCAF during the Second World War.


Ships served in:

CALGARY DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 17 May 1941. Commenced Active Service 17 May 1941 as an Prob. Stwd, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 19 May 1941 as a Prob. Stwd, RCNVR

EDMONTON DIVISION RCNVR - Drafted to EDMONTON for Agricultural Leave 21 Aug 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 07 Nov 1941 as a Prob. Stwd, RCNVR

HMCS SPIKENARD - Drafted to SPIKENARD 26 Nov 1941 as a Prob. Stwd, RCNVR




(JA01) Article on the death of Stwd John Anderson

(JA02) Documents from the Service File of John Anderson


(JA03) John Anderson, Halifax, Jul 1941

Source: CVWM



Second World War Casualty Index