Leading Stoker William McGregor

This comment from a reader…

My father, William McGregor served on the HMCS Athabaskan.
He was killed when the ship was hit.
I have the book, the Unlucky Lady. It is a wealth of information. I continue my interest in learning more about my dad and the Unlucky Lady.

I worked at John Stubbs Memorial School in the Victoria area.
My dad’s sister’s husband served on the Athabaskan II.
My uncle invited me to tour that ship when she came to Comox, B.C.

Here is a poem I wrote some time ago.

On this, yet,
Another Remembrance Day,
We are asked to pause
And remember
Men, women
To the war.
To defend
Peace of all people.
Women, Men,
Called to war
Prisoners of war
Came home.
Some did not.
I look
Silver cross
To me
By a mother
Who lost her son
To a torpedo.
A torpedo of
That hit the ship,
The H.M.C.S. Athabaskan
April 29, 1944.
The H.M.C.S. Athabaskan.
The ship
My grandmother’s son
Was on.
Her son, my dad
The “Athab”
The ship my dad
Was on
Destroyed by a torpedo.
My wonderful Dad
Stolen from
His very young
Stolen from
His Mother
His Dad
His wife
His sister
His brother
Never to be returned.
I remember
I hardly knew.
A dad,
Like others
Served so
I and others
Can speak
In this land.
Oh, how
I wish I
Stolen from me
How I wish for peace
So other families
Do not have a mom, dad stolen by war.

Copyright November 11, 1995
Loretta Rose Deutscher (McGregor)

About William McGregor… Click here.

William McGregor is buried besides Commander John Stubbs.

Athabaskan (RCN), ship loss (source)
ADAMS, John C, Able Seaman, V 17001 (RCNVR), MPK
AGNEW, John, Able Seaman, V 1383 (RCNVR), MPK
ALLISON, Albert E, Able Seaman, V 8402 (RCNVR), MPK
AMIRO, Irvin A, Telegraphist, V 26054 (RCNVR), killed
ANNETT, Robert I L, Sub Lieutenant (E), RCN, killed
ARMSTRONG, George A, Able Seaman, V 12833 (RCNVR), killed
ASHTON, Percy G, Able Seaman, V 31508 (RCNVR), MPK
BARRETT, Arthur E, Able Seaman, V 12346 (RCNVR), killed
BELL, Donald A, Stoker 1c, V 53224 (RCNVR), killed
BERKELEY, Alfred G, Ordinary Seaman, V 54498 (RCNVR), MPK
BERTRAND, Laurent J L, Chief Petty Officer, 2408 (RCN), killed
BIANCO, Anthony D, Able Seaman, V 34263 (RCNVR), MPK
BIEBER, Edgar E, Stoker Petty Officer, V 9844 (RCNVR), MPK
BLINCH, Harry C, Able Seaman, 4265 (RCN), MPK
BRANDSON, Thomas L, Paymaster Lieutenant, RCN, MPK
BRIGHTEN, Victor H, Engine Room Artificer 2c, 21930 (RCN), MPK

* information from a reader


 In speaking to my dad this morning, two things emerged. The website shows Vic Brighten’s rank as ERA. He was in fact Chief ERA. He had just replaced Ernie Mills, and was therefore no supposed to be aboard, but the changeover took longer than expected so he stayed aboard for the extra 2 days.


BURROW, William O, Leading Seaman, V 7988 (RCNVR), MPK
CHAMBERLAND, Paul H A, Able Seaman, V 3677 (RCNVR), killed
COOKMAN, Edgar A, Leading Seaman, 3210 (RCN), MPK
COONEY, Stewart R, Steward, V 35579 (RCNVR), MPK
CORBIERE, Vincent G, Able Seaman, V 34003 (RCNVR), MPK
CORKUM, Gordon F, Able Seaman, A 1169 (RCNR), killed
COTTRELL, Sydney A, Able Seaman, V 18362 (RCNVR), killed
CROFT, Moyle H, Able Seaman, A 4958 (RCNR), MPK
CROSS, Alfred T, Ordinary Telegraphist, V 25039 (RCNVR), MPK
DEARMOND, Gordon L, Leading Seaman, V 11568 (RCNVR), MPK
DILLEN, Stewart C, Steward, V 34261 (RCNVR), MPK
DION, Albert J G, Leading Stoker, V 3373 (RCNVR), MPK
EDHOUSE, Donald W, Stoker 2c, V 58286 (RCNVR), MPK
FLEMING, Harold L, Able Seaman, V 12849 (RCNVR), MPK
FORRON, Jack E A, Stoker 1c, V 17506 (RCNVR), MPK
FRALICK, Earl I, Able Seaman, V 31885 (RCNVR), MPK
FRITH, William A, Leading Seaman, V 17806 (RCNVR), killed
FULLER, Eugene M, Able Seaman, V 8808 (RCNVR), killed
GAETANO, Valentino J, Able Seaman, V 35858 (RCNVR), MPK
GIBBONS, Marshall L, Able Seaman, V 51109 (RCNVR), killed
GOLDSMITH, Thomas H, Chief Yeoman of Signals, 2980 (RCN), killed
GORDON, Lloyd M, Able Seaman, V 1267 (RCNVR), MPK
GOULET, Robert J, Stoker 1c, V 42673 (RCNVR), MPK
GRAINGER, Roy J, Leading Supply Assistant, V 17877 (RCNVR), MPK
GUEST, Carlton G, Able Seaman, V 17487 (RCNVR), killed
HAYES, Christopher, Ordinary Seaman, V 34625 (RCNVR), MPK
HEATHERINGTON, John T, Stoker 1c, V 31647 (RCNVR), MPK
HENRY, Robert J, Able Seaman, V 16777 (RCNVR), killed
HEYMANN, Hans P, Writer (served as Hugh P Heaton), C/MX 678680, MPK
HOUISON, George D, Leading Writer, V 23114 (RCNVR), MPK
HURLEY, Michael P, Stoker 1c, V 36734 (RCNVR), MPK
IRVINE, Leonard C, Able Seaman, V 11886 (RCNVR), killed
IZARD, Theodore D, Lieutenant (E), RCN, MPK
JARVIS, Edmund A, Leading Seaman, 3330 (RCN), MPK
JOHNSON, Elswood S, Able Seaman, V 16839 (RCNVR), MPK
JOHNSON, Richard R, Leading Stoker, V 5801 (RCNVR), MPK
JOHNSTON, Lawrence R, Able Seaman, V 51370 (RCNVR), killed
KELLY, Lionel D, Steward, V 4445 (RCNVR), MPK
KOBES, John R, Leading Seaman, 3074 (RCN), MPK
LAMOUREAUX, Andre, Leading Seaman, V 4348 (RCNVR), MPK
LAWRENCE, Ralph M, Lieutenant, RCN, MPK
LEA, Eric E, Stoker 1c, V 47397 (RCNVR), MPK
LEDOUX, Louis, Able Seaman, V 4433 (RCNVR), killed
LEWANDOWSKI, Stanley S, Stoker 2c, V 61813 (RCNVR), MPK
LIND, Mekkel G, Stoker Petty Officer, V 13918 (RCNVR), MPK
LOVE, Walter M, Engine Room Artificer 3c, V 8030 (RCNVR), MPK
LUCAS, Donald O, Stoker 2c, V 60018 (RCNVR), MPK
MACAVOY, Gerald W, Petty Officer Cook (O), 40500 (RCN), MPK
MACDONALD, Ashley K, Able Seaman, 3625 (RCN), MPK
MACKENZIE, Alexander, Able Seaman, V 19875 (RCNVR), MPK
MAGUIRE, John W, Leading Stoker, 40911 (RCN), killed
MAHONEY, John D, Lieutenant (Sp), RCN, killed
MANSON, John L, Cook (O), V 23559 (RCNVR), killed
MATTHEWS, George H, Able Seaman, V 2809 (RCNVR), MPK
MCBRIDE, John L, Able Seaman, V 45461 (RCNVR), killed
MCCARROLL, Thomas G, Stoker 1c, V 39522 (RCNVR), MPK
MCCRINDLE, William D, Able Seaman, V 1854 (RCNVR), MPK
MCGREGOR, William, Leading Stoker, V 30291 (RCNVR), killed
MCLEAN, Daniel H, Able Seaman, V 14742 (RCNVR), MPK
MCNEIL, John J, Stoker 2c, V 59518 (RCNVR), killed
MEADWELL, Richard G, Able Seaman, V 49203 (RCNVR), MPK
MENGONI, Eric J, Able Seaman, 3980 (RCN), MPK
METCALFE, Donald I, Electrical Artificer 3c, V 11603 (RCNVR), MPK
MILLAR, Victor, Able Seaman, V 27555 (RCNVR), MPK
MILLS, Ernest G, Chief Engine Room Artificer, 21508 (RCN), MPK
MUMFORD, Leonard K, Engine Room Artificer 4c, V 42353 (RCNVR), MPK
NASH, Robert A, Sub Lieutenant, RCN, killed
NICHOLAS, Joseph R, Leading Stoker, V 16615 (RCNVR), MPK
OUELLETTE, Joseph E V, Able Seaman, V 50769 (RCNVR), MPK
PEART, Hubert J, Able Seaman, A 927 (RCNR), MPK
PHILLIPS, John D, Able Seaman, V 19152 (RCNVR), killed
PIKE, Brenton J, Able Seaman, V 36417 (RCNVR), killed
POTHIER, Charles L, Able Seaman, V 4752 (RCNVR), killed
RENNIE, John E, Petty Officer, 3075 (RCN), MPK
RIENDEAU, Joseph A L, Able Seaman, V 6869 (RCNVR), killed
ROBERTS, John C, Engine Room Artificer 4c, V 41069 (RCNVR), MPK
ROBERTS, Raymond L, Able Seaman, V 10880 (RCNVR), killed
ROBERTSHAW, Eric, Able Seaman, V 8634 (RCNVR), killed
ROBERTSON, Ian A, Able Seaman, V 33909 (RCNVR), killed
ROBERTSON, William, Stoker 1c, V 55418 (RCNVR), MPK
ROGER, Leo A, Stoker 1c, V 38426 (RCNVR), killed
ROLLS, Raymond B, Able Seaman, V 34863 (RCNVR), killed
RUTHERFORD, Norman W, Petty Officer Radio Mechanic, P/MX 124283, MPK
RYAN, Norman V, Able Seaman, V 52603 (RCNVR), MPK
SAMPSON, Francis L, Able Seaman, V 174 (RCNVR), killed
SANDERSON, Earl H, Able Seaman, V 34973 (RCNVR), MPK
SENECAL, Jean G L, Able Seaman, V 15272 (RCNVR), killed
SHERLOCK, Albert V, Steward, V 861 (RCNVR), MPK
SIGSTON, George D, Gunner, RCN, MPK
SINGLETON, John C, Able Seaman, V 17334 (RCNVR), MPK
SKYVINGTON, Francis G, Sick Berth Attendant, V 46829 (RCNVR), MPK
SOMMERFIELD, Samuel W, Able Seaman, V 32952 (RCNVR), MPK
SOUCISSE, Paul E, Coder, V 836 (RCNVR), MPK
ST LAURENT, Joseph L M, Able Seaman, V 37192 (RCNVR), MPK
STEVENSON, Elmer H, Stoker 1c, V 53221 (RCNVR), MPK
STEWART, John L, Able Seaman, V 1362 (RCNVR), MPK
STEWART, William G, Signalman, V 8866 (RCNVR), MPK
STOCKMAN, Ernest O, Lieutenant (E), RCN, MPK
STUBBS, John H, Lieutenant Commander, RCN, killed
SUTHERLAND, John W, Able Seaman, V 12533 (RCNVR), MPK
SWEET, Charles E, Chief Petty Officer, 2563 (RCN), killed
THOMPSON, Harry, Stoker 1c, V 38485 (RCNVR), MPK
TUPPER, Allister R, Ordnance Artificer 4c, V 40751 (RCNVR), MPK
VAIR, James A, Leading Steward, A 4980 (RCNR), MPK
VEINOTTE, Joseph V W, Supply Petty Officer, V 25606 (RCNVR), MPK
WAITSON, Maurice, Able Seaman, V 18646 (RCNVR), MPK
WALLACE, Peter W, Able Seaman, V 11722 (RCNVR), MPK
WARD, Leslie, Lieutenant (Sp), RCN, MPK
WATSON, Reginald J, Telegraphist, V 35953 (RCNVR), killed
WILLIAMS, Kenneth W, Engine Room Artificer 4c, A 5402 (RCNR), killed
WOOD, John A, Able Seaman, V 34862 (RCNVR), killed
YEADON, Robert L, Able Seaman, V 272 (RCNVR), killed


7 thoughts on “Leading Stoker William McGregor

  1. My father, Doug Laurie, served on the Athabaskan 1 and 11. He taken a Prisoner of War when Athabaskan 1 was sunk. He will be 94 in March. He is now a resident at The Lodge at Broadmead, Victoria, BC. I was wondering if anyone knows how many survivors of the Athabaskan 1 are still alive.

  2. My Dad, George W. Casswell, also served on HMCS Athabaskan I (G07) and II. Dad was rescued by HMCS Haida’s cutter. He was a Petty Officer at the time. Dad retired from the RCN in 1967 after 27 years service, at the rank of CPO1. His last posting was as the Base Chief at CFB Cornwallis. Dad passed away on 31 December 2011 at the age of 92. The Navy was always part of his life.

      1. Hi Pierre. Thanks for sending this along. This is a photograph that we look at often. A much younger looking Dad then. Take care.

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