They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Norman Cathcart


Able Seaman, V70152, RCNVR


Born:  28 May 1925, Garaugh, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland


Died: 14 Feb 1945, Ostend, Belgium


Book of Remembrance


CATHCART, Norman, AB, V70152, RCNVR, MPK - 14 Feb 1945, 29TH MTB FLOTILLA - Son of William and Margaret Cathcart, of Toronto, Ontario.


AB Cathcart was killed in a fire and resulting explosions on MTBs at Ostend, Belgium, his body was not recovered.


Able Seaman Norman Cathcart, 19, has been reported missing since Feb. 14 and is now presumed dead, according to the information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Cathcart, 5 Rose Ave. Able Seaman Cathcart enlisted in the R.C.N.V.R. in August, 1943, and started training at Charlottetown, P.E.I. in November of the same year. After training at Cornwallis he went overseas in June 1944, and was on duty with a torpedo boat. Born in Ireland, Able Seaman Cathcart came to Canada as a baby and attended Winchester Public School and Central Technical in Toronto. Besides his parents he is survived by two brothers, Pte. William Cathcart, now at the Canadian Technical Training Corps. in Hamilton, and Jim at home, and by three sisters, Mrs. Mary Murray, Doris and Martha at home. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Toronto, Ontario.


Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 03 Sep 1943. Commenced Active Service 08 Nov 1943

HMCS QUEEN CHARLOTTE - Served in QUEEN CHARLOTTE 10 Nov 1943 - 10 Jan 1944

HMCS CARIBOU - Served in CARIBOU 11 Mar 1944 - 17 Mar 1944 while in training at HMCS CORNWALLIS

29th MTB FLOTILLA - Drafted to the 29th MTB FLOTILLA 05 Aug 1944 as an OS, RCNVR. Rated AB 08 Nov 1944





(NC01-NC02) Certificate of Services - pages 1 and 2

(NC03) Report of Death





(NC04-NC06) Letters to AB Cathcart's mother


Press release on the destruction of 5 MTBs of the 29th MTB Flotilla and Casualty List



Second World War Casualty Index