They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


William Stych Baker


Ordinary Seaman Layer Rating 3rd Class, V5561, RCNVR


Born: 13 Jan 1921, Montreal, Quebec


Died: 01 Dec 1940 at sea


Book of Remembrance


BAKER, William Stych, OS, V5561, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Son of Henry Eli and Louisa Baker, of Montreal, Province of Quebec.


OS Baker was killed when HMCS SAGUENAY, while escorting convoy HG.47, was torpedoed by the Italian submarine Argo 300 miles west of Ireland. With her bows wrecked and 21 dead, SAGUENAY made Barrow-in-Furness largely under her own power, and was under repairs until 22 May 1941. His body was recovered and he was buried in Barrow, Lancashire, England on 14 Dec 1940.


William's sister, Marjorie Peace Baker was a Cook in the WRCNS; his brother Stoker Henry Baker served in the RCNVR and his brother L/Cpl George Baker served in the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa during the Second World War.


Ships served in:

MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 18 Sep 1939.  Commenced Active Service 10 Jul 1940

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 12 Jul 1940 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated LR3 07 Sep 1940

HMCS SAGUENAY - Drafted to SAGUENAY 15 Oct 1940 as an OS, RCNVR






(WB01-WB02)  Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(WB03) Report of Death

(WB04) Letter to OS Baker's father



Second World War Casualty Index