They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Ronald David McFaulds


Assistant Cook, V45918, RCNVR


Born: 28 Nov 1924, Guelph, Wellington Co., Ontario


Died: 29 Sep 1942, Lake Ontario


Book of Remembrance


McFAULDS, Ronald David, A/Cook, V45918, RCNVR, died - 29 Sep 1942, HMCS YORK / HMCS VENETIA (Tender to HMCS YORK) - Son of James and Marion McFaulds, of Guelph, ON.


AB McFaulds fell overboard from the training vessel VENETIA while in training at HMCS YORK.  Cause of death is recorded as either asphyxiation,  drowning or a brain tumour - his fall may have caused by the brain tumour.  AB McFaulds is buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph, ON.


McFAULDS, Ronald David - who was only 17 when he died, is possibly the youngest victim of the Second World War whose name is on the Guelph Cenotaph. Born in Guelph in 1924, he was the only son of James and Marion McFaulds of Suffolk Street. Ronald attended Central School and the Guelph Collegiate and was a member of the Ajax Sea Cadets. He was chief drummer in the cadets' band. On Aug. 31, 1942, three months before his 18th birthday, McFaulds enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve as a seaman and assistant cook. On Sept. 29, he was aboard the training yacht HMCS Venetia, about 1.6 kilometres off Grimsby, when he fell into the cold waters of Lake Ontario. Rescuers quickly pulled him aboard the yacht and applied artificial respiration, but the young man was dead. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. Records indicate that McFaulds was one of just three Guelphites who died in the service of the RCN during the war. (The Guelph Mercury 16 Nov 2015)


Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 18 Aug 1942.  Commenced Active Service 28 Aug 1942 as an Assistant Cook, RCNVR

HMCS STAR - Served in STAR 28 Aug 1942 - 31 Aug 1942 as an A/Cook, RCNVR

HMCS YORK - Drafted to YORK 01 Sep 1942 as an  A/Cook, RCNVR

HMCS VENETIA - for seamanship training while in training at HMCS YORK






(RM01-RM02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2  (RM03) Report of Death  (RM04) Article on the death of A/Cook McFaulds



Second World War Casualty Index