They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Elswood Svein Johnson


Able Seaman Prob. Submarine Detector, V16839, RCNVR


Born: 29 May 1924, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Died: 29 Apr 1944 at sea


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JOHNSON, Elswood Svein, AB, V16839, RCNVR, MPK - 29 Apr 1944, HMCS ATHABASKAN - Son of Svein and Mathilda Johnson, of Edmonton, Alberta. He was the son of Svein and Mathilda Johnson who moved to Edmonton in 1932. Elswood was born at Saskatoon and was working as a telegraph messenger for Northern Alberta Railways when he enlisted on April 29, 1942 at Edmonton. His brother Halldor Johnson also served in the Navy.


AB Johnson died when his ship, HMCS ATHABASKAN G07, was sunk in the English Channel on April 29, 1944. 


Ships served in:

HMCS NONSUCH - Enlisted 29 Apr 1942. Commenced Active Service 07 May 1942

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 20 Oct 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

HMCS GIVENCHY - Drafted to GIVENCHY 16 Feb 1943 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS CHATHAM - Drafted to CHATHAM 26 Feb 1942 as an OS, RCNVR

* Rated A/AB 07 May 1943

HMCS NADEN - Drafted to NADEN 10 Jul 1943 as an A/AB, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 25 Aug 1943 as an A/AB, RCNVR

HMCS YORK - Drafted to YORK 06 Nov 1943 as an A/AB, RCNVR

HMS PERSIAN (Royal Navy Algerine Class Minesweeper) - Drafted to PERSIAN 12 Nov 1943 as an AAB, RCNVR

HMCS NIOBE - Drafted to NIOBE 26 Jan 1944 as an A/AB, RCNVR

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Drafted to ATHABASKAN 19 Feb 1944 as an A/AB, RCNVR

* Rated Prob. S.D. 14 Aug 1943




(EJ01) Article from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix on AB Johnson MPK

(EJ02) Documents from the Service File of Elswood Johnson


(EJ03) Elswood (left) home on leave, with his parents and brother Halldor



Second World War Casualty Index