They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


William Ivan Newbigging


Able Seaman Anti-Aircraft Rate 3rd Class, V65926, RCNVR


Born: 14 May 1925, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 14 Feb 1945, Ostend, Belgium


Book of Remembrance


NEWBIGGING, William Ivan, AB, V65926, RCNVR, killed - 14 Feb 1945, 29th MTB FLOTILLA - Son of William A. and Olive M. Newbigging, of Toronto, Ontario.


Able Seaman Newbigging was killed in an accidental and resulting explosion that destroyed nuerous MTBs in harbour at Ostend, Belgium.


Able Seaman Newbigging, 19, a police cadet before enlisting in July 1943, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Newbigging, Winnett Ave. He was a Star Weekly carrier in Vaughan Rd. district. He had been overseas since last August, serving as an AA gunner on a Canadian M.T. boat. Born in Toronto, he attended Humewood Public School and Vaughan Collegiate, and is a Baptist. Besides his parents, he has a brother, Ross, and a sister, Lois.


Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 13 Jul 1943. Commenced Active Service 19 Jul 1943

HMCS QUEEN - Served in QUEEN 23 Nov 1943 - 04 Dec 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AA III 20 Apr 1944

ML Q082 - Served in Q082 10 May 1944 - 25 Jul 1944 as an OS and AB, RCNVR.  Rated AB 19 Jul 1944

29TH MTB FLOTILLA - Drafted to the 29TH MTB FLOTILLA 07 Sep 1944 as an AB, RCNVR







(WN01) Portrait of AB William Newbigging

(WN02-WN04) Certificate of Service - pages 1-3

(WN05) Report of Death



Second World War Casualty Index