John Leskiw

Rifleman John Leskiw, L28369
Regina, Saskatchewan
The Regina Rifle Regiment

Rifleman Leskiw is sponsored by Don and Judy Potts
Rifleman Leskiw était parrainé par Don and Judy Potts

John was born on 2 May 1916 to proud immigrant parents in Regina, SK. His Ukrainian born parents, Mike and Mary Leskiw were married in Austria and came to Canada shortly thereafter. John was born into a large family and he had two brother, Joseph and Harry, and three sisters, Irene, Hellen, and Kay. All of John’s family lived and worked in Regina. John was raised Roman Catholic and his family spoke both English and Ukrainian.

John attended school until grade seven, after which he worked for a man named James Mycock as a Contractor/Labourer. Upon returning from war, John had planned on returning to his career and aspired to become a motor mechanic. John enlisted on 16 December 1941 at the age of 25 years old in Regina, SK. John’s older brother enlisted before him.

John left Regina and trained with the Canadian Infantry Training Centres in Calgary from 10 January 1942 and then moved to the CITC in Winnipeg on 3 September. On 29 April it was announced that John’s group, the Regina Rifle Regiment, nicknamed “the Johns,” would be called to “special duty” and the day before his 26th birthday, John and the 1st Battalion of Regina Rifles embarked for the UK. on 13 May the Regina Rifleman landed in England and were taken immediately as Infantry Reinforcement for the Canadian Army.

While serving overseas, John was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Upon his death, his awards and medals where given to his sister, Kay.

Upon landing on Juno Beach, along with 34 fellow Rifleman, John was killed in action. John is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery in France.

Thank you Rifleman John Leskiw. Rest in peace.

Written by: Karyn Savoia, a student at Garth Webb Secondary School in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Rédigé par: Karyn Savoia, un élève de Garth Webb Secondary School, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

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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.

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