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Donald Winchester White

In memory of:

Able Seaman Donald Winchester White

April 16, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve


H.M.C.S. Esquimalt

Additional Information

Son of Henry James White and Olive M. White, of Peterborough, Ontario; Husband of Ida M. White, of Gananoque,Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 575 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Sec. O. Range 16. Lot 17. Grave 4.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Newspaper clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star May 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Gananoque Remembers– Gananoque, Ontario is a small town situated on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of 1,000 Islands.  It is one of hundreds of communities throughout Canada with war memorials which commemorate more than 110,000 men and women who lost their lives during both world wars. Over a  thousand citizens from Gananoque and surounding areas served in the navy, army, or air force: 83 lost their lives in parts of Canada, and in the battlefields of Europe.  Among the dead of Gananoque include a 15 year old solider, a father of ten, four sets of brothers and a Victoria Cross winner. 

Today the town cenotaph lists the names of those who died and  few citizens are aware of their family backgrounds or their circumstances of their deaths. Geraldine Chase of Gannaoque and Bill Beswetherick of Kingston believed it was necessary to collect this information and perpetuate their sacrifices. 					

Gananoque Remembers book is a tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
  • Memorial Page– Doanld W. White is honoured on page 121 and 122 of the Gananoque Remembers booklet, published on January 31, 2005.
  • Memorial Page 2
  • Photo of family– Donald White and his wife with daughter, Joanne (now Joanne Tweedy of Ottawa).
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping about sinking of HMCS Esquimalt.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping story of HMCS Esquimalt sinking continued.
  • Photo of group– Photo of uboat crew which sank HMCS Esquimalt and stories of the survivors.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Newspaper clipping of death of Donald White.
  • Newspaper clipping– Newspaper clipping re
HMCS ESQUIMALT Crew Casualties.
  • Newspaper Clipping– The Toronto Star May 19, 1945,  page 16.
  • Photo of DONALD WINCHESTER WHITE– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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