They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Duncan Boston Ross


Lieutenant (Engineer), O-63558, RCNVR




Died: 15 Nov 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


ROSS, Duncan Boston, Lt (E), RCNVR, MPK - 15 Nov 1942, HMCS SAGUENAY - Son of Dr. George W. Ross and Margaret W. Ross, of Toronto, Ontario.


Lieutenant Ross was a passenger aboard HMCS SAGUENAY to join his ship HMCS ST LAURENT in St. John's, Newfoundland, when on November 15, 1942, SAGUENAY was rammed by the Panamanian freighter Azra off Cape Race, Newfoundland. The impact of the collision set off SAGUENAY'S depth charges, which blew off her stern. Lieutenant Ross was killed in this accident.


Ships served in: (Royal Navy)

* Enlisted 09 Oct 1939

HMS CORNWALL - Served in CORNWALL Nov 1939 - Feb 1941

HMS BOTLEA - Appointed to BOTLEA Feb 1941 for Special Service

* Appointed Lt (E) Jul 1941


Ships served in: (Royal Canadian Navy)

* Transferred to the RCNVR 30 Jan 1942

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to NIOBE 30 Jan 1942 as a Lt (E), RCNVR

HMCS OTTAWA - Served in OTTAWA 25 Feb 1942 - 08 Mar 1942 as a Lt (E), RCNVR

HMCS MAHONE - Served in MAHONE 07 Apr 1942 - 06 Nov 1942 as a Lt (E), RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 07 Nov 1942 as a Lt (E), RCNVR for disposal

HMCS ST LAURENT - Appointed to ST LAURENT as add'l 13 Nov 1942 as a Lt (E), RCNVR,  in charge of machinery.  Appointment to commence of date of joining ship.

HMCS SAGUENAY - Lt (E) Ross was onboard SAGUENAY for passage from Halifax to join ST LAURENT in St. John's, Nfld when he was killed







(DR01-DR02) Record of Service

(DR03) Naval message reporting the death of Lt (E) Ross

(DR04-DR05) Letters to Lt Ross' father


(DR06) Article from the Toronto Telegram Dec 1942 on the death of Lt Ross



Second World War Casualty Index