They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Thomas Maitland Wake Golby


Lieutenant-Commander, RCNR


Born: 04 Jun 1906, Petowrth, Sussex Co., England


Died: 22 Feb 1943 at sea


Book of Remembrance


GOLBY, Thomas Maitland Wake, LCdr, RCNR, MPK - 22 Feb 1943, HMCS WEYBURN - Son of Agnes Golby of Victoria, British Columbia. Husband of Joan A. Golby, of Victoria, British Columbia.


The province of British Columbia honoured Lieutenant-Commander Golby by naming Golby Island in his honour.



Citation for Mentioned in Despatches:


GOLBY, Thomas Maitland Wade, Acting Lieutenant-Commander, Mention in Despatches (Posthumous), RCNR, HMCS WEYBURN - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 5 June 1943 and London Gazette of 2 June 1943.


"This Officer showed a high degree of competence while in command of His Majesty's corvettes. His courage and cheerfulness were outstanding, and in command of His Majesty's Canadian Corvette Weyburn, he gave his life in unswerving devotion to duty."



Ships served in:

HMCS NADEN - Enlisted 06 Nov 1939 as an A/Lt, RCNR. LCdr Golby's record of service shows 03 Nov 1939 as date he enlisted, however, his attestation form (not included here) has 06 Nov 1939.  The date from his attestation form has been used here.

HMCS CRUSADER - Appointed to CRUSADER 30 Mar 1940 as an A/Lt, RCNR, CO - Appointment cancelled. Appointed to INVADER.

HMCS INVADER - Appointed to INVADER 30 Mar 1940 as an A/Lt, RCNR, CO

HMCS COUGAR - Appointed to COUGAR 20 Aug 1940 as an A/Lt, RCNR. Appointed Lt, RCNR 03 Nov 1940

HMCS HAMILTON - Appointed to HAMILTON 01 Jul 1941 as a Lt, RCNR

HMCS WEYBURN - Appointed to WEYBURN 03 Nov 1941 at a Lt, RCNR.  Appointed CO on commissioning.  Appointed A/LCdr 01 Jan 1943






(TG01-TG02) Record of Service

(TG03) Report of Death

(TG04) Appointment Certificate to A/LCdr, RCNR




(TGF05-TG06) Cover letter and letter to LCdr Golby's wife for his award of Mentioned in Despatches (Posthumous)



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