Remember Leonard Arthur

Able Seaman Leonard Arthur was from Mount Dennis. The 22-year-old son of Freeman and Alice died in the St Lawrence River when the HMCS Charlottetown was sunk on September 11, 1942. He died within sight of shore.

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A German U-Boat, the U-517, sank the Charlottetown in broad daylight as she was returning to base; it stalked Canadian ships in the Gulf of St Lawrence in September, 1942, sinking nine before she returned to Europe.

Most of the crew survived. Leonard Arthur was probably killed when the depth charges the boat was carrying exploded as the ship sank.

Arthur’s name, along with the names of 54 other young men from the community, is inscribed on the memorial plaque which hangs in Weston CI.


Thanks to Anne and the  Weston Alumni Association.

 

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

1 thought on “Remember Leonard Arthur”

  1. Thank you for this reminder of how close and terrible the war losses are. And now we have so many victims of war dying within sight of shore.

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