They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Gordon Francis Purdy


Stoker 1st Class, V52969, RCNVR


Born: 30 Mar 1917, St. Catharines, Ontario


Died: 14 Feb 1945, Ostend, Belgium


Book of Remembrance


PURDY, Gordon Francis, Sto 1c, V52969, RCNVR, killed - 14 Feb 1945, 29TH MTB FLOTILLA - Son of Fredrick and Ada Beatrice Purdy, of St. Catharines, Ontario.


Stoker Purdy was killed in a fire and resulting explosions on MTBs at Ostend, Belgium. He is buried in the Canadian War Cemetery, Adegem, Belgium.


Ships served in:

HMCS STAR - Enlisted 20 Jan 1943. Commenced Active Service 20 Jan 1943. Served at STAR until 28 Mar 1943

HMCS YORK - Served in YORK 09 Jul 1943 - 05 Sep 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

29th MTB FLOTILLA - Drafted to the 29th MTB FLOTILLA 05 Jul 1944 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR





(GP01-GP02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(GP03) Report of death


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



Second World War Casualty Index