They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Ronald Joseph McDonald


Able Seaman Layer Rating 3rd Class, V11491, RCNVR


Born: 14 Apr 1920, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Died: 06 Feb 1943 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MCDONALD, Ronald Joseph, AB, V11491, RCNVR, killed - 06 Feb 1943, HMCS LOUISBURG - Son of Martin James McDonald and Nellie McDonald, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


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


Prior to joining the Navy, Ronald was working as a butter cutter for Palm Dairies when he enlisted on September 04, 1940 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His brother Percy served in the R.C.A.F. overseas and sister Margaret was an airwoman.


Ships served in:

SASKATOON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 04 Sep 1940. Commenced Active Service 17 Dec 1940

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 09 Apr 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated LR3 06 Jun 1941

HMCS CHEDABUCTO - Drafted to CHEDABUCTO 01 Oct 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 23 Dec 1941 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated A/AB 17 Dec 1941

HMCS SACKVILLE - Drafted to SACKVILLE 11 Jan 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 23 Jan 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 18 Apr 1942 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS LOUISBURG - Drafted to LOUISBURG 20 Jun 1942 as an AB, RCNVR




(RM01) Documents from the Service File of Ronald McDonald

(RM02) Article from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix on the death of AB Ronald McDonald


(RM03) AB R. J. McDonald



Second World War Casualty Index