They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
SLADE, Richard Stanley, Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 18 Mar 1945, HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Son of George and Helen L. Slade, of Toronto, Ontario.
Lt Slade 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.
Lieut. Richard Stanley Slade, who was the only original officer other than the captain aboard the ship, left in the second year of commerce and finance course at University of Toronto to enlist in the ranks early in 1940. He was awarded his commission in 1943, thereby stepping ahead of his father, Chief Petty Officer George Slade, 1133 Dovercourt Rd., a navy veteran of the last war, who enlisted as able-bodied seaman in 1939. Lieut. Slade, 23, went through the entire D-Day invasion and had leave at home before embarking on his fatal voyage. His father left his ship in England on special leave to return home after his only son's death. Besides the parents, a sister, Mrs. Doreen Kirby, survives.
Ships served in:
TORONTO DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 13 Jun 1941. Commenced Active Service 16 Jun 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 25 Nov 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS BADDECK - Drafted to BADDECK 07 Apr 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 10 Apr 1942 as an OS, CNVR
HMCS COLUMBIA - Drafted to COLUMBIA 11 Apr 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 25 May 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS ALGOMA - Drafted to ALGOMA 26 May 1942 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated AB 16 Jun 1942
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 30 Jun 1942 as an AB, RCNVR
* Discharged - Promoted to Commissioned Rank 14 Feb 1943
HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 15 Feb 1943 as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR
HMCS KINGS - Appointed to KINGS 25 Feb 1943 for Training and Disposal as a Prob. SLt, RCNVR
HMCS CORNWALLIS - Appointed to CORNWALLIS 27 Jul 1943 for Divisional Course as a SLt, RCNVR (seniority 15 Mar 1943)
HMCS YORK - Appointed to YORK 09 Aug 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR
HMCS GUYSBOROUGH - Appointed to GUYSBOROUGH 01 Nov 1943 as a SLt, RCNVR
* Appointed A/Lt 15 Feb 1944
* Appointed Lt 14 Sep 1944 (seniority 15 Feb 1944)
(RS01) Documents from the Service File of Richard Slade
(RS02) Article from the Globe and Mail 26 Apr 1945