They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Frederick Spencer


Ordinary Seaman, V16051, RCNVR


Born: 28 Oct 1920, Port Arthur, Ontario


Died: 01 Dec 1940 at sea


Book of Remembrance


SPENCER, Frederick, OS, V16051, RCNVR, killed - 01 Dec 1940, HMCS SAGUENAY - Son of Nellie Spencer, of Port Arthur, Ontario. Sec. 5. Nonconformist.


OS Spencer 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.


Ships served in:

PORT ARTHUR COMPANY RCNVR - Enlisted 30 Jan 1939

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 21 Apr 1939 - 19 May 1939 for training as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS ARMENTIERES - Lent to ARMENTIERES 08 May 1939 - 18 May 1939 while drafted to NADEN

PORT ARTHUR COMPANY RCNVR - returned to DIVISION on completion of training 20 May 1939

* Commenced Active Service 28 May 1940

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 28 May 1940 as an OS, RCNVR until 02 Oct 1940

HMCS NIAGARA - Lent to NIAGARA 24 Sep 1940 - 30 Sep 1940 while drafted to STADACONA

HMCS SAGUENAY - Drafted to SAGUENAY 03 Oct 1940 as an OS, RCNVR







(FS01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(FS02) Report of Death

(FS03) Portion of Medal Verification from that shows draft to HMCS NIAGARA

(FS04) Telegram to OS Spencer's mother

(FS05) Headstone for OS Spencer at the Barrow-in-Furness Cemetery



Second World War Casualty Index