They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Ralph Zbarsky


Able Seaman Radar III, V37720, RCNVR


Born: 23 Oct 1924, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Died: 16 Apr 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


ZBARSKY, Ralph, AB, V37720, RCNVR, killed - 16 Apr 1945, HMCS ESQUIMALT - Son of Jack and Ethel Zbarsky, of Vancouver.


AB Zbarsky 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 Schara Tzedeck Cemetery, New Westminster, BC.


Able Seaman Ralph Zbarsky of Saskatoon was the son of Jack and Ethel Zbarsky who came to Saskatoon from New York and retired to Vancouver during the war. Ralph was from Saskatoon, attended Princess Alexandra and Victoria schools and Bedford Road collegiate, and was a student at the University of Saskatchewan when he enlisted in Saskatoon on April 27, 1942.


Ships served in:

HMCS UNICORN - Enlisted 27 Apr 1942.  Commenced Active Service 01 May 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 16 Jun 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS BURRARD - Drafted to BURRARD 11 Sep 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 26 Mar 1943 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated AB 01 May 1943

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 21 Jun 1943 as an AB, RCNVR

* Rated Radar III 12 Jul 1943

HMCS AVALON - Drafted to AVALON 24 Jul 1943 as an AB, RCNVR

HMCS ESQUIMALT - Drafted to ESQUIMALT 07 Oct 1943 as an AB, RCNVR






(RZ01) Portrait of Seaman Ralph Zbarsky

(RZ02) Documents from the Service File of Ralph Zbarsky

(RZ03) Article on the death of AB Zbarsky

(RZ04) Ralph Zbarsky is honoured on page 83 of the memorial book, CANADIAN JEWS IN WORLD WAR II, Part II: Casualties, compiled by David Rome for the Canadian Jewish Congress, Montreal, 1948. (Source: CVWM)



Second World War Casualty Index