They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
TAYLOR, Albert Douglas, Tel, V45851, RCNVR, MPK - 08 Aug 1944, HMCS REGINA - Son of Albert and Gladys Taylor, of Toronto, Ontario.
Tel Taylor 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.
Albert Douglas Taylor, Telegraphist - 20, RCNVR, reported missing at sea Aug 8 with the loss of HMCS Regina, is now presumed dead, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Taylor, McRoberts Ave., have been informed. He was petty officer and senior cadet with the Sea Cadets before joining the RCNVR. Born in Toronto, he moved as a child to Barrie, where he got his early education, which he completed at Western Commercial, Toronto. When he enlisted in August, 1943, he was employed by Metropolitan Transport Co. He had been with the Regina two months to the day when it was lost. Telegraphist Taylor was a member of the Alexandra yacht club and of Prospect Park United church. A sister, Betty, is at home. (Toronto Star, 31 Jan 1945, page 11)
Ships served in:
HMCS YORK - Enlisted 19 Aug 1942. Commenced Active Service 21 Apr 1942 as an OS VS, RCNVR
HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 01 Jun 1943 as an OS VS, RCNVR
HMCS ST HYACINTHE - Drafted to ST HYACINTHE 21 Jul 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated O/Tel 16 Oct 1943
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 18 Jan 1944 as an O/Tel, RCNVR
HMCS NIOBE - Drafted to NIOBE 12 Apr 1944 as an O/Tel, RCNVR
* Rated Tel 21 Apr 1944
HMCS REGINA - Drafted to REGINA 11 Jun 1944 as a Tel, RCNVR
(AT01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2
(AT02) Report of Death
(AT03) Letter to Tel Taylor's mother
(AT04) Letter to Tel Taylor's father (Bert Taylor) in response to a letter he wrote. It appears the Tel Taylor's father wrote a letter to Naval Service HQ about the death of his son and the information contained in the letter to Tel Taylor's mother. The information about REGINA remaining afloat for 40 minutes after being torpedoed was incorrect and she in fact sank less than one minute after being torpedoed. Mr. Taylor's letter to NSHQ is not in Tel Taylor's file.
Second World War Casualty Index