They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


William Albert McCutcheon


Leading Writer, V14727, RCNVR


Born: 28 Nov 1920, Humboldt, Saskatchewan


Died: 18 Mar 1945 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MCCUTCHEON, William Albert, L/Writer, V14727, RCNVR, MPK - 18 Mar 1945, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Son of Dr. Robert H. McCutcheon and Amelia Gertrude McCutcheon, of Vancouver, British Columbia.


L/Writer McCutcheon 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. Prior to joining the Navy he served as a Clerk in the RCAF.


Ships served in:

VANCOUVER DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 14 Apr 1941. Commenced Active Service 14 Apr 1941 as a Prob. Writer, RCNVR

* Rated Writer 14 Jul 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 05 Oct 1941 as a Writer, RCNVR

HMCS BYTOWN - Drafted to BYTOWN as a Writer, RCNVR

* Rated L/Writer 01 Jun 1942

HMCS FORT RAMSAY - Drafted to FORT RAMSAY 29 Sep 1943 as a L/Writer, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 20 Jan 1944 as a L/Writer, RCNVR

HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Drafted to GUYSBOROUGH 20 Feb 1944 as a L/Writer, RCNVR


Documents from the Service File of William McCutcheon



Second World War Casualty Index