Leonard James Craig

Lance Corporal Leonard James Craig, B63890
Toronto, Ontario
The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Lance Corporal Craig is sponsored by the Clearihue Family. 
Lance Corporal Craig était parrainé par la famille Clearihue.

Leonard James Craig was born on 24 November 1911 in Ayr, Scotland. He was the son of Mary Harvey Craig. His religion was Baptiste. He had a two-year high school education. Leonard was married on 31 July, 1930 to Margaret Clark and they had two children, a boy Donald and a girl Barbara. Before he joined the military, he was a pressman for The Canadian Bag Company. The date of his enlistment was 17 June 1940. His job in the military was an infantry soldier – a Rifleman. His rank was a Lance Corporal. He served at the Headquarters Company (HQ Coy) Queen’s Own Rifles. He was killed in action on 6 June 1944 which is known as D-day.

 

Leonard was (T.O.S) taken on strength on 17June 1940 for the Queen Own Rifles in Toronto as a rifle man. He got subsistence allowances from the military so he can feed himself before 29th June, 1940. His subsistence was ceased and he had been sent to the Camp Borden on 29June 1940. Joined the Work Force Newfoundland from 10 August, 1940 to 26 November 1940. He was Struck off strength of CA Canada, Embarked Halifax NS on 19 July 1941. He was taken on strength of CA overseas on 20 July 1941. He then disembarked Gourock, Scotland on 29 July 1941. He then recieved a landing leave with warrant in Gourock from 7to 11 August 1941. He had a personal leave with warrant from 30 December to 5 January 1942. He received a privilege leave from 3to 10 June 1942. Leonard was sent to the Canadian Training Center and was promoted as a Private from 30 December to 20 January. He was appointed and had been tested for being a Lance Corporal on 3 November 1943 and became Lance Corporal on 22 January 1944. Leonard was killed in action as a Lance Corporal on 6June 1944.

 

During his service, Leonard was awarded the 1939 – 45 Star, the France-Germany Star, the Defense Medal, the War Medal, and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp.

 

According to the Military Service File of Leonard James Craig, his wife Mary Harvey Craig received all the will.

 

He is buried at the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Written by: a student at Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute in Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:un élève de Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute, Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.

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