Able Seaman Leonard Arthur was from Mount Dennis. The 22-year-old son of Freeman and Alice died inÂ the StÂ Lawrence RiverÂ when the HMCS Charlottetown was sunkÂ on September 11, 1942. He diedÂ within sight of shore.
A German U-Boat, the U-517, sank the Charlottetown in broad daylight as she was returning to base; it stalked Canadian shipsÂ in the Gulf of St Lawrence in September, 1942, sinkingÂ nineÂ before she returned to Europe.
Most of the crew survived. Leonard Arthur was probably killed when the depth charges the boatÂ 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 theÂ Â Weston Alumni Association.