They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Joseph William John Acton


Leading Seaman, 4458, RCN


Born: 23 Oct 1923, Windsor, Ontario


Died: 16 Jul 1947 at sea


Book of Remembrance


ACTON, Joseph William John, LS, 4458, RCN, killed - 16 Jul 1947, HMCS MICMAC - Son of Joseph Acton and Mary Lane, of Windsor, ON; husband of Marjorie Phyllis Morris, of Halifax, NS.


Leading Seaman J. W. J. Acton was killed when HMCS MICMAC was in a collision with a merchant ship (S.S. Yarmouth County) near Sambro Light Vessel, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is buried in the Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Awards and decorations:  Canadian Volunteer Service Medal Ribbon and Clasp, 1939-1945 Star, Good Conduct Badge, Atlantic Star and Clasp, War Medal 1939-1945.


Ships served in:

RCNVR DIVISION WINDSOR - Enlisted 15 Jul 1941 as a Boy Seaman, RCN

HMCS NIAGARA - Served in NIAGARA 02 Apr 1942 - 12 Jun 1942 as an OS, RCN

ML Q062 - Served in Q062 30 Jun 1942 - 16 Jan 1943 as an OS and AB, RCN. Rated AB 05 Aug 1942

HMCS ARVIDA - Served in ARVIDA 09 Feb 1943 - 18 May 1943 as an A/LS, RCN

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in OTTAWA 19 May 1943 - 02 Jan 1944 as an A/LS, RCN

HMCS KITCHENER - Served in KITCHENER 15 Jan 1944 - 02 Jul 1945 as an A/LS and LS, RCN. Rated LS 01 Feb 1944

HMCS MICMAC - Drafted to MICMAC 06 Jan 1947 as a LS, RCN








(JA01-JA02) Record of Service

(JA03) Report of Death

(JA04) Article on the death of LS Acton

(JA05) Headstone for LS Joseph Acton in the Camp Hill Cemetery, Halifax, NS



Second World War Casualty Index