They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


William Augustus (Gussie) McDonald


Leading Supply Assistant, V47427, RCNVR


Born: 13 May 1913, Westville, Pictou Co., NS


Died: 25 Nov 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


McDONALD, William Augustus,  L/SA, V47427, RCNVR, died - 25 Nov 1944, HMCS MELVILLE - Son of John and Eva M. McDonald, of Westville; husband of Eloise McDonald, of Stellarton.


Gussie was born on 13 May 1913 in Westville, NS. He enlisted in the RCNVR on 03 Sep 1942. He served aboard HMCS MELVILLE J263, Bangor Class Minesweeper. On 25 Nov 1944, HMCS MELVILLE was approaching the mouth of Sydney harbour, when a heavy gale kicked up high seas, and a wave swept over the ship, carrying Gussie overboard. He body was recovered inside the harbour. He was 28 years old. He was awarded the 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, and the War Medal.


LSA Mcdonald is buried in the Holy Name Cemetery, Westville, NS.


Ships served in:

HALIFAX DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 03 Sep 1942 as a Probationary Supply Assistant. Commenced Active Service 11 Nov 1942
MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - Served in MONTREAL 16 Nov 1942 - 18 Jan 1943 as a Prob. SA, RCNVR

HMCS MELVILLE - Drafted to MELVILLE 10 Mar 1943 as a Prob. SA, RCNVR.  Rated SA 15 Mar 1943. Rated L/SA 15 Dec 1943






(WM01-WM02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2  (WM03) Report of Death  (WM04) Letter to the Imperial Life Assurance Co., of Canada on the death of L/SA McDoanld



Second World War Casualty Index