Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Edward Dutfield

In memory of:

Leading Seaman William Edward Dutfield

March 3, 1953

CFB Shearwater, Nova Scotia

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


HMCS Shearwater


Good Conduct Badge

Additional Information


December 8, 1931
Vancouver, British Columbia


June 15, 1949
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of William Arthur and Mabel (née Thomas) Dutfield of Lulu Island, British Columbia. Husband of Helen Agnes (née Bellefontaine) of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Brother of Miriam Dutfield. Leading Seaman Dutfield completed grade 12 in Richmond, British Columbia in 1941. He had previous service in the 72nd Seathforth Cadets. He enjoyed tennis, baseball, swimming and softball.

Commemorated on Page 42 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

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  • Memorial Plaque– Leading Seaman WILLIAM EDWARD DUTFIELD is commemorated on this plaque at Canadian Peacetime Sailors Monument in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Leading Seaman DUTFIELD, Sub-Lieutenant JAMES FRANK WASHBROOK and Leading Seaman ERNEST VINCENT MARSHALL died when their Navy Grumman Avenger, flying out of CFB Shearwater, crashed off the coast of Nova Scotia on March 3, 1953.
  • Memorial Plaque– Dedication Plaque, Canadian Peacetime Sailors Monument in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Monument– Canadian Peacetime Sailors Monument in Point Pleasant Park Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– This Stained Glass Window at the Shearwater Aviation Museum in 12 Wing Canadian Forces Base Shearwater includes four badges: HMCS Shearwater, HMCS Warrior, HMCS Magnificent, and HMCS Bonaventure. The caption states:
1945 Fifty years of Naval Air 1995
For those in peril on the sea

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