They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Joseph William Arkell


Able Seaman Acting Submarine Detector, V14972, RCNVR


Born: 05 Nov 1919, Vancouver, British Columbia


Died: 08 Aug 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


ARKELL, Joseph William, AB, V/14972, RCNVR, MPK - 08 Aug 1944, HMCS REGINA - Son of Dorothy Arkell, of Vancouver, British Columbia.


AB Arkell died when HMCS REGINA was torpedoed and sunk off Trevose Head, Cornwall, England by U-667 while she was aiding a merchant vessel in distress. Thirty of her crew were lost.


Able Seaman Joseph William Arkell age 26, was born in Vancouver and attended Vancouver Technical School. Before enlisting in 1941 he worked at the UBC cheese factory. HMCS REGINA was the only ship he had served in. He is survived by two sisters. Mrs. Dorren Dunlop and Miss Barbara Arkell, and a brother, Terry Arkell, steward in the CPSS Coastal Service, lives at home.


Ships served in:

VANCOUVER DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 14 Jul 1941.  Commenced Active Service 09 Oct 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS YORK - Served in YORK 11 Jan 1942 - 22 Jun 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 23 Jun 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS CHARNY - Served in CHARNY 06 Jul 1942 - 11 Jul 1942 while in training at HMCS CORNWALLIS

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 12 Jul 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 09 Oct 1942

* Rated A/SD 15 Oct 1942

HMCS REGINA - Drafted to REGINA 17 Oct 1942 as an AB, RCNVR





(JA01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2

(JA02) Report of Death

(JA03) Letter to AB Arkell's mother


(JA04) Memorial plaque for AB Arkell at the St. Mary Magdalene Church, Elmstone Hardwicke, Gloucestershire, England

Source: Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Veterans Affairs Canada



Second World War Casualty Index