They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
LEITCH, Dugald LS, V35138, RCNVR, killed - 06 Jul 1944, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN - Son of Alexander and Jessie Lyle Leitch; brother of Mary Boucher.
Leading Seaman D. Leitch was killed during the early part of the enemy action at the Harbour of Brest. Dugald was serving aboard HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, and he had been loading a large machine gun, when he was hit by shrapnel from an enemy shell which exploded near him. The shrapnel penetrated his chest and perforated his lung. He died within ten minutes.
LS Leitch is buried in the Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon, England.
Ships served in:
CALGARY DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 11 Aug 1941. Commenced Active Service 01 Oct 1941
HMCS TECUMSEH - Served in TECUMSEH 01 Jan 1942 - 26 Jan 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS MALASPINA - Served in MALASPINA 28 Apr 1942 - 01 Apr 1943 as an OS and AB, RCNVR. Rated AB 01 Oct 1942
HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in GIVENCHY 02 Apr 1943 - 15 Apr 1943
HMCS SASKATCHEWAN - Drafted to Saskatchewan 31 May 1943 as an AB, RCNVR. Rated A/LS 01 Aug 1944
(DL01-DL02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2 (DL03) Report of Death (DL04) Letter to LS Dugald's sister informing her of his death
(DL05-DL06) Letter to LS Dugald's sister from the CO of HMCS SASKATCHEWAN with details of her brother's death
Second World War Casualty Index