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Joseph William John Acton

In memory of:

Leading Seaman Joseph William John Acton

July 16, 1947

Off Sambro Head Light Vessel, Nova Scotia

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Navy


H.M.C.S. Micmac (R10)


Canadian Volunteer Service Medal Ribbon and Clasp, 1939-1945 Star, Good Conduct Badge, Atlantic Star and Clasp, War Medal 1939-1945.

Additional Information


October 23, 1923
Windsor, Ontario


July 15, 1941
Esquimalt, British Columbia

Son of Joseph Acton and Mary Lane, of Windsor, Ontario. Husband of Marjorie Phyllis Morris, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

A Veteran of the Second World War who had 1,721 days of service, including 1,139 overseas.

Commemorated on Page 594 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Lot 59. Div. 2-3.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Grave marker for Joseph William John Acton– at Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Image taken 17 October 2017 by Tom Tulloch.
  • Graves registration– report showing burial information for Joseph William John Acton at Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • HMCS Micmac– was a Tribal class destroyer built in Halifax for the Royal Canadian Navy.  The ship was launched 18 September 1943 and commissioned on 12 September 1945.
On 16 July 1947 Micmac collided in fog with SS Yarmouth County off Halifax.  The collision caused extensive damage, destroying 45 feet of Micmac’s bow.  Leading Seaman Joseph William John Acton was one of 11 sailors killed in the collision”.

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