Trooper Donald Colin McLeod, H26571
Fort Garry Horse
Trooper McLeod is sponsored by John T. McGoey
Trooper McLeod était parrainé par John T. McGoey
Trooper Donald Colin McLeod was born on a farm in Cabri, Saskatchewan in December 1919 (most files say on the 19but one file says the 16). Donald’s parents, Alexander Gordon McLeod and Wella May McLeod had six children. He had six siblings; Gordon Dixon McLeod, Sgt. Walter McLeod, Murray Allistair McLeod, Mrs. Swanson, Mrs. D. Lee and Mrs. Allen Forest. His brother, Sgt. Walter McLeod survived the war. When he was 15 years old he completed grade 9 and left school to work as a grain elevator for three years, from 1936 to1939 for grain buyers. Farming wasn’t new to him because he already had nine years of farming experience; his dad was a farmer. He was a member of the United Church.
Donald was enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 28 November 1940 at the age of 20. At the time of enlistment, he was residing in Blackdale, Manitoba. On13 October 1941 he was admitted to the hospital for 10 days with furunculosis (skin infection) and he was discharged on 22 October1941. Donald was single from the time he signed up to the time he died. His regiment was number 10 District Depot Fort Garry Horse (in the tanks) and he was in squadron “C” where he was a mechanic driver for the tanks. His regimental number was H-26571.
Donald’s next of kin was his mother, Wella May McLeod. Donald was awarded a couple medals and they would have been given to his mother. The contents that his mother would have received would have been: the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and clasp, the 1939-1945 Star France and Germany Star defence Medal. Donald was buried in 995853 Beny-sur-Mer White beach cemetery shore in France; six kilometers from the Normandy Coast, grave 2, row B, plot 1. On his gravestone, it says “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends”. He also has a memorial dedicated to him and all the men who fought with the: North Shore Regiment, Fort Garry Horse, Royal Canadian Engineers and Royal Canadian Artillery. This memorial is located in St-Aubin-ser-Mer, France.
Written by: A student at Smiths Falls District Collegiate in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par : un élève de Smiths Falls Collegiate, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
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