They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Donald Patterson Richards


Victualling Assistant, V2589, RCNVR


Born: 03 Apr 1913, Saint John, New Brunswick


Died: 10 Feb 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


RICHARDS, Donald Patterson, VA, V2589, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Son of Edward S and Elsie Marion Richards, Rockingham, NS; husband of Doris J. Richards, Rothesay, New Brunswick.


VA Richards 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:

SAINT JOHN DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 14 Nov 1940. Commenced Active Service 18 Nov 1940 as a Prob. VA, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 02 Dec 1940 as a Prob. VA, RCNVR

HMCS VENTURE - Drafted to VENTURE 22 Jan 1941 as a Prob. VA, RCNVR

* Rated VA 17 Feb 1941

HMCS PRESCOTT - Drafted to PRESCOTT 18 Jul 1941 as a VA, RCNVR

HMCS SPIKENARD - Drafted to SPIKENARD 09 Aug 1941 as a VA, RCNVR


Documents from the Service File of Donald Richards



Second World War Casualty Index