They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Donald Fletcher Lee


Petty Officer Quarters Rating 2nd Class, V5761, RCNVR


Born: 23 Dec 1919, Montreal, Quebec


Died: 21 Aug 1944 at sea


Book of Remembrance


LEE, Donald Fletcher, PO QR II, V5761, RCNVR, MPK - 21 Aug 1944, HMCS ALBERNI - Son of George Frank and Evelyn Lilian Lee, of Montreal, Quebec.


PO Lee died when his ship, HMCS ALBERNI, was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel on 21 Aug 1944 by U-480, southeast of the Isle of Wight. Fifty-nine of her ship's company lost their lives.


Petty Officer Donald Fletcher Lee, age 22, R.C.N.V.R., who was previously reported missing, is now for official purposes presumed dead. He was serving on H.M.C.S. Alberni when lost. Petty Officer Lee joined the navy in 1939 and took part in patrol work and the landing in North Africa and in France. He received his education at the commercial High School. Son of the Great War veteran R.S.M F. Lee now stationed at Petawawa, Ontario. Petty Officer Lee had a brother, Terry killed in action in Italy January 1943, while another brother, Gerry, is serving on the Western Front. Besides his mother who lives at 2665 Masson Street, Montréal, Québec. He is also survived by a younger brother, Denis. A memorial service was held in First United Church, Rosemount Boulevard and Seventh Avenue at 7:00 p.m.


Ships served in:

MONTREAL DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 16 May 1940.  Commenced Active Service 16 May 1940 as an Ordinary Seaman, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 29 May 1940

* Rated Quarters Rating 3rd Class 14 Aug 1940

HMCS ST FRANCIS - Drafted to ST FRANCIS 25 Sep 1940

* Rated Able Seaman, RCNVR 01 Mar 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 18 Sep 1941

* Rated Quarters Rating 2nd Class 29 Sep 1941

HMCS ROSTHERN - Drafted to ROSTHERN 01 Oct 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 04 Oct 1941

HMCS THUNDER - Drafted to THUNDER 14 Oct 1941

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 20 Mar 1942

* Rated Acting Leading Seaman, RCNVR 01 Aug 1942

HMCS PRESCOTT - Drafted to PRESCOTT 01 Apr 1942

HMCS AVALON - Drafted to AVALON 07 Aug 1942

HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 12 Sep 1942

HMCS ALBERNI - Drafted to ALBERNI 01 Nov 1942

* Rated Acting Petty Officer, RCNVR 01 Apr 1943

* Rated Petty officer, RCNVR 01 Aug 1943


Documents from the Service File on Donald Lee



Second World War Casualty Index