They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Dudley Herbert Mason


Stoker 1st Class, V17215, RCNVR


Born: 12 Apr 1909, London, England


Died: 26 Mar 1941 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MASON, Dudley Herbert, Sto 1c, V17215, RCNVR, MPK - 26 Mar 1941, HMCS OTTER - Son of Robert and Ellen Mason; husband of Patricia Ellen F: Mason, all of Paris, Ontario.


Sto. 1c Dudley Herbert Mason lost his life on March 26, 1941, when, with the rest of his crew, he was forced to leave his flame-swept ship, HMCS OTTER, while on duty off the coast of Halifax. The furious waves of the Atlantic at that time caused the lifeboat in which he had taken refuge, to capsize. Coming from England as a small boy, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason, Dudley attended Paris Public Schools and Brantford Collegiate and was an employee of Penmans Limited at the time of enlistment. He was 31 years of age and the first casualty to be reported in Paris. He was married to Patricia Taverner and had three children, Barbara, Robert and Donald.


Ships served in:

LONDON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 08 Aug 1940.  Commenced Active Service 19 Aug 1940 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 22 Aug 1940 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS OTTER - Drafted to OTTER 11 Jan 1941 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR






(DM01-DM02) Record of Service

(DM03) Casualty Report

(DM04) Article on the death of Sto Mason - from the Toronto Telegram, March 1941



Second World War Casualty Index