They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Donald Winchester White


Able Seaman, V88056, RCNVR


Born: 11 Jun 1911, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


Died: 16 Apr 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


WHITE, Donald Winchester, AB, V88056, RCNVR, killed - 16 Apr 1945, HMCS ESQUIMALT - Son of Henry James White and Olive M. White, Peterborough; husband of Ida M. White, Gananoque, ON.


AB White died when his ship, HMCS ESQUIMALT, was torpedoed and sunk by U-190 off the approaches to Halifax harbour. His body was recovered and he was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, ON.


Able Seaman D. W. White, formerly of Spadina Rd., is listed as killed in the sinking of HMCS "Esquimalt". He enlisted in June 1944, with the RCNVR after previously holding the rank of lieutenant in the Irish regiment (reserves). He was born in Moose Jaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. White, Peterborough. He graduated from Queen's University in 1936 as B.Sc. Surviving are his widow, the former Ida Mae Johnston, a graduate of the Hospital for Sick Children; his 3 year-old daughter, Jo-Anne; his parents, one brother, Robert, with RCCS overseas, and three sisters, Mrs. G. G. Gillespie and the Misses Betty and Peggy, at home.


Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 30 May 1944. Commenced Active Service 28 Jun 1944

HMCS PREVOST - Drafted to PREVOST 01 Jul 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS CORNWALLIS - drafted to CORNWALLIS 29 Aug 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS SANS PEUR - Served in SANS PEUR (for training) 08 Oct 1944 - 14 Oct 1944 while in training at HMCS CORNWALLIS

HMCS ST FRANCIS - Drafted to ST FRANCIS 21 Oct 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 19 Nov 1944 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 27 Dec 1944

HMCS SCOTIAN - Drafted to SCOTIAN 20 Jun 1945 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS ESQUIMALT - Drafted to ESQUIMALT 26 Jan 1945 as an AB, RCNVR





(DW01) Documents from the Service File of Donald White

(DW02) Article on the death of AB Donald White

(DW03) Headstone for Donald White at the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario



Second World War Casualty Index