They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


David Norman Guthrie


Ordinary Seaman, V17292, RCNVR


Born: 30 May 1922, Windsor, Ontario


Died: 15 Nov 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


GUTHRIE, David Norman, OS, V17292, RCNVR - MPK 15 Nov 1942, SS ETTRICK / HMS QUEBEC - Son of David and Gertrude Guthrie. of River Canard, Ontario.


Ordinary Seaman D. N. Guthrie was with the 55th Canadian Landing Craft based at Combined Operations at HMS QUEBEC station near Inveraray, Scotland. He became a member of a flotilla that landed a United States construction battalion at Azew, North Africa on November 08, 1942. After the successfully landing he boarded the M.V. Ettrick for passage to Scotland, when it was torpedoed fifty miles west of Gibraltar on November 15, 1942. Ordinary Seaman R. J. Guthrie was among nine Canadians sailors lost.


David's brother, Robert John Guthrie, also served n the RCNVR during the Second World War.


Ships served in:

LONDON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 01 Nov 1940. Commenced Active Service 04 Nov 1940

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 21 Nov 1940 as an OS, RCNVR

P.W.S.S. CAMPERDOWN (HMCS VENTURE for) - Drafted to P.W.S.S. CAMPERDOWN 03 Feb 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 28 Nov 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS COBALT - Drafted to COBALT 02 Dec 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 09 Jan 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS QUEBEC (Royal Navy Combined Operations Training Base, Scotland) - Drafted to QUEBEC 09 Jan 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

SS ETTRICK (Royal Navy troopship) - OS Guthrie was aboard the ETTRICK for passage to HMS QUEBEC in Scotland.




(DG01) OS David Guthrie missing presumed killed - Article from the Windsor Daily Star

(DG02) Documents from the Service File of David Guthrie



Second World War Casualty Index