They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


John McIlveen Gamble


Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, V8328, RCNVR


Born: 25 Nov 1902, Belfast, Northern Ireland


Died: 10 Feb 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


GAMBLE, John McIlveen, Engine Room Artificer, 4c, V8328, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Son of Joseph W. and Sarah Ann Gamble; husband of Elizabeth Rebecca Gamble, Galt, Ontario.


ERA Gamble 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.


Ships served in:

HAMILTON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 08 Dec 1939. Commenced Active Service 13 Dec 1939 as a Blacksmith 4c, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 13 De 1939 as a Blacksmith 4c, RCNVR

* Rated A/ERA 4c 26 Sep 1940

HMCS SPIKENARD - Drafted to SPIKENARD 26 Nov 1941 as an A/ERA 4c, RCNVR




(JG01) Article on John gamble joining the Navy

(JV02) Documents from the Service File of John Gamble


Article from the Toronto Telegram, Feb 1942 on SPIKENARD casualties



Second World War Casualty Index