They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Albert James (Abbie) Cross


Able Seaman, V63983, RCNVR


Born: 18 May 1925, Yorkton, Saskatchewan


Died: 14 Feb 1945, Oostende, Belgium


Book of Remembrance


CROSS, Albert James OS, V63983, RCNVR, killed - 14 Feb 1945, HMS NEMO - Son of William Henry and Minnie Cross, of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Able Seaman A. J. Cross was killed in an accidental explosion on a motor torpedo boat in Belgium; his body was recovered and buried on shore at Oostende New Communal Cemetery which is located in the town of Oostende on the Stuiverstraat, a road leading from the R31 Elisabethlaan.


Ships served in:

HMCS QUEEN - Enlisted 02 Jun 1943. Commenced Active Service 23 Jun 1943

HMCS GIVENCHY - Served in GIVENCHY 29 Oct 1943 - 05 Nov 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

HMS MANTIS (Royal Navy Coastal Forces Base in Lowestoft) - Served in MANTIS 24 Feb 1944 - 28 Mar 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMS NEMO (Royal Navy Station at Brighlingsea Naval Base for Essex Coastal Patrols) - Drafted to NEMO 28 Mar 1944 as an OS and AB, RCNVR. Rated AB 23 Jun 1944







(AC01) Albert Cross on the machine gun mount on an MTB  (AC02-AC03) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2  (AC04) Report of Death  (AC05) Letter to AB Cross' parents


Press release on the destruction of 5 MTBs of the 29th MTB Flotilla and Casualty List



Second World War Casualty Index