They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Arthur John Heathorn


Leading Stoker, 21588, RCN


Born: 21 Mar 1921, Vancouver, British Columbia


Died: 24 Sep 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


HEATHORN, Arthur John, Leading Stoker, 21588, RCN, MPK - 24 Sep 1942, HMS SOMALI - Son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert D. Heathorn, Vancouver, BC.


Leading Stoker Arthur John Heathorn son of Capt. H. D. Heathorn, 1060 Granville of No. 13 Firehall. Stoker Heathorn was born in Vancouver and attended King Edward High School and Vancouver Technical. He enlisted on April 27, 1939 in Vancouver, British Columbia, two months before outbreak of the war. He went overseas early in the war on the destroyer, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE , was at Bayonne during evacuation of France and helped take survivors off the destroyer, HMCS FRASER. Stoker Heathorn had been home on leave twice, and was due to return on leave this month. The official casualty list from Ottawa today, states that Stoker Heathorn was serving on the British Tribal class destroyer, HMS SOMALI recently lost due to enemy action.


Ships served in:

HMCS RESTIGOUCHE - Served in RESTIGOUCHE 29 Jul 1939 - 03 Jul 1941 an a Sto 2c, Sto 1c and A/L/Sto, RCN. Rated A/L/Sto 01 Jun 1941

HMS SOMALI - Drafted to SOMALI 07 Aug 1942






(AH01-AH02) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2  (HS03) Report of Death  (HS04) Letter or L/Sto Heathorn's father


(HS05) Article on the death of L/Sto Arthur Heathorn



Second World War Casualty Index