Harold Stanley Daley

Private Harold Stanley Daley, G22937
Chatham, New Brunswick
The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment

Pte. Harold Stanley Daley was sponsored by the Family of L. Cpl. James R. McLaughlin

Harold Daley was born 10 April 1922 to Stanley and Ann Daley in the town of Chatham, in Miramichi, New Brunswick. He attended school at at St. Joseph’s  and at St. Thomas.

Harold came from a family of eleven, ten boys and one girl. Harold enlisted in 1940 at the age of 18 and went overseas in July 1941. He was one of four boys from his family that were in the Service.  He was the youngest of the three that were members of the North Shore Regiment (Alden, Bud, and Harold). His other brother Burton served in the Air Force in Quebec.

Harold was an avid sportsman and a member of the North Shore Regiment Baseball team that won the Divisional Baseball Championship in 1942. Harold was very kind and considerate both at home and with all the friends he made in the regiment. He was a devout Catholic and was not ashamed to practice his religion.

In a letter sent home to his mother, Father Hickey, a wartime Chaplain, said that the boys went to mass and communion every Sunday. He referred to Harold as “a fine young man”.  A wounded comrade, upon hearing of his death, said he was “one in a million”.

Harold was killed in action on June 6th, 1944 at the age of 22, doing the job he loved.

 “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it”  –  Pericles

The Man We Never Knew By Don Crawford

There’s a voice that begs us listen, and it comes from ‘cross the sea. Though you’ve never met the caller, will you listen to his plea? Will you pause for just a moment; whisper soft a prayer or two? Will you bow your head in silence – for the man we never knew? We know not what his name was, nor the colour of his skin. We know not of his virtues; of his weakness or his sin. But we know he died in battle (though he never cared for fight.) For his country’s call had reached him, and he died for what was right. Was he from the teeming city? From the village, farm, or town? Did he thrill to every sunrise; count his joys as night came down? Was the breath of life sweet to him (as it is to me and you)? Was he awed by Nature’s wonders – this man we never knew? We know not what his thoughts were as the ending swiftly came… Did he ask his God’s forgiveness; did he breathe his mother’s name? Did he think of home and laughter; of a sweetheart, wife, or friend? Did he yearn to stay that moment as, alone, he hailed the end? He’s asleep across the ocean (with a hundred-thousand more), Who, for Canada and freedom, died on a foreign shore. There’s a voice that begs us listen, and lo! the text is plain: “We have paid the price of freedom, let it not have been in vain!” Will you pause for just a moment in this hustle-bustle day; Will you bow your head in silence, and a few words softly pray? Will you wear the blood-red poppy, and with the feelings that are true. Give thanks to God for freedom – and the man we never knew!

Biography submission and photos from Jack Daley (brother) and Tom Daley (nephew) to Harold S. Daley, with assistance from Mary McLaughlin. Rédigé par : Jack et Thomas Daley, avec Mary McLaughlin

This Tribute Profile contains available biographical information on one of the Canadians who died on Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. The profile also recognizes the individual or organization who generously sponsored this soldier, and includes a message of thanks and remembrance for their sacrifice. This information is available in the soldier’s native tongue and has been compiled by the Lest We Forget program and, in some cases, through the generosity of individuals connected with the soldiers.  Due to the inconsistency of historical records and the sparse availability of first-hand witnesses, we know more about some than others. If you would like to contribute any material or help in our efforts to present the biographies in both French and English, please contact: jbca@junobeach.org.

Ce portrait contient des informations biographiques relatives à l’un des Canadiens qui sont morts sur la plage Juno, le 6 juin 1944. Il porte également mention de la personne ou de l’organisation qui a généreusement parrainé ce soldat, ainsi qu’un message de remerciement en souvenir de son sacrifice. Ces informations sont disponibles dans la langue maternelle du soldat et ont été compilées par le programme Lest We Forget et, dans certains cas, grâce à la générosité des personnes liées aux soldats. En raison de la disparité des documents historiques et des rares témoins de l’époque, nous ne disposons pas de la même quantité d’information sur tous les soldats. Si vous souhaitez compléter notre documentation ou nous aider dans nos efforts pour présenter les biographies en français et en anglais, merci de contacter : jbca@junobeach.org.