They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Paul Joseph Matthews


Stoker 1st Class, V56844, RCNVR


Born: 10 Mar 1924, Oshawa, Ontario


Died: 18 Mar 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MATTHEWS, Paul Joseph, Sto 1c, V56844, RCNVR, MPK - 18 Mar 1945, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Son of James and Hazel Matthews, of Oshawa, Ontario; husband of Ruby Kathleen Matthews, of Beaverton, Ontario.


Stoker Matthews died when his ship, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH, was torpedoed and sunk by U-868 in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of 53 of her crew.


Paul's brother, James Mathews (Matthews) also served in the Navy during the Second World War.


Ships served in:

HMCS YORK - Enlisted 15 Mar 1943. Commenced Active Service 15 Mar 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 29 Mar 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 01 Jun 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Drafted to GUYSBOROUGH 03 Dec 1943 as a Sto 1c, RCNVR





(PM01) Portrait of Stoker John Matthews

(PM2) Photo of Stoker Paul Matthews from newspaper article in the Toronto Telegram

(PM03) Documents from the Service File of John Matthews



Second World War Casualty Index