They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Albert Carlton Cook


Ordinary Seaman, V7669, RCNVR


Born: 28 May 1920, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 01 Dec 1940 at sea


Book of Remembrance


COOK, Albert Carlton, OS, V7669, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Son of Carlton Henry and Cora Evelyn Cook, of Toronto, ON. 


OS Cook 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.


Mother Had Premonition - "I had a premonition on Saturday that something had happened to my boy," Mrs. Carlton Cook, mother of OS Albert Cook, told The Glove and Mail. Mrs. Cook is a semi-invalid and was confined to her bed by the shock. "For two weeks I have had a feeling that something was going to happen to him she added. Two days ago I told some friends that I was certain something terrible had happened." Cook, who is 20, joined the RCNVR in October 1939, despite the strong objections of his mother. He was called up for active service last May. He was a former pupil at Oakridge Public School and Scarboro Collegiate Institute. He wrote just recently and said that he was happy that he was going overseas, and that he was glad he was able to be doing something to get this horrible thing done with said Mrs. Cook. (Transcription from newspaper article)


Ships served in:

TORONTO DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 09 Oct 1939. Commenced Active Service 09 Oct 1939

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 01 Jun 1940

HMS AURANIA (Armed Merchant Cruiser) - Served in AURANIA 31 Jul 1940 - 20 Aug 1940 as an OS, RCNVR for training

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 21 Aug 1940 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS SAGUENAY - Drafted to SAGUENAY 04 Oct 1940 as an OS, RCNVR







(AC01) Portrait of OS Albert Cook

(AC02-AC03) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(AC04) Report of Death

(AC05) Letter to OS Cook's mother





(AC06) Letter to OS Cook's mother on his burial in England

(AC07) Photo of OS Albert Cook from the Toronto Star - Dec 1940

(AC08) Article from the Toronto Telegram on SAGUENAY casualties and survivors - Nov 1940



Second World War Casualty Index