They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Gordon Irwin MacLeod


Signalman, V319, RCNVR


Born: 30 Apr 1923, Sydney, Nova Scotia


Died: 06 Feb 1943 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MACLEOD, Gordon Irwin, Sig, V319, RCNVR, MPK - 06 Feb 1943, HMCS LOUISBURG - Son of James D. and Florence MacLeod, of Sydney, Nova Scotia.


Sig MacLeod died when his ship, HMCS LOUISBURG, which was on convoy duty in the Mediterranean, was sunk by bombs and torpedoes from Italian aircraft.


Gordon was born in Sydney in April 1923. He attended Ashby School and came to the Sydney Academy in 1939. He enlisted in the Navy in August, 1941, and took his basic training at Sydney and St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. From March to September, 1942, he served in the North Atlantic Patrol, and was a Signalman aboard HMCS Louisburg when she was sunk in action with the enemy in the Mediterranean on February 6, 1943. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. James D. Macleod, 251 Union Street, Sydney, Nova Scotia (From the Sydney Academy Memorial booklet, published by the Student's Assembly in memory of former students who served during the Second World War. The original pictures were supplied by the Sydney Post-Record and the booklet was compiled by Jack Wilcox, class of 1946 and Donald Trivett, class of 1947.)


Ships served in:

HALIFAX DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 20 Aug 1941. Commenced Active Service 20 Aug 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 20 Aug 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS PROTECTOR - Served in PROTECTOR. No dates listed on Record of Service

HMCS ST HYACINTHE - Drafted to ST HYACINTHE 10 Oct 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated O/Sig 28 Nov 1941

HMCS VENTURE - Drafted to VENTURE 28 Jan 1942 as an O/Sig, RCNVR

HMCS AVALON - Drafted to AVALON 02 Feb 1942 as an O/Sig, RCNVR

HMCS DAUPHIN - Drafted to DAUPHIN 06 Feb 1942 as an O/Sig, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 09 May 1942 as an O/Sig, RCNVR

HMCS LOUISBURG - Drafted to LOUISBURG 15 Sep 1942 as an O/Sig, RCNVR




(GM01) Documents from the Service File of Gordon MacLeod

(GM02) Article on the death of Sig Gordon MacLeod



Second World War Casualty Index