Lt. Leo Michener

Lieutenant Leo Michener: Killed In a Biplane Accident in England, August 3rd 1917

Leo was born in Simcoe in 1895 and grew up in Charlotteville. He was working on the engineering staff of the Welland Canal when he enlisted in May 1915. He was wounded at the Battle of Loos and wounded and gassed at Courcelette.  Soon after he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.  His parents are proud to say they have no regrets about his life.  He was a member of a wonderful class of nine at the YMCA of Welland; all of who went to the front and of whom five have given their lives.

Recently, writing home, he said,  “I do not know what is going to be my end. I may get back to Canada and I may not. If not, and I go West [killed], along with so many of my pals I’ll go with two stars on my shoulders and without a trace of bitterness.” {The Simcoe Reformer, Aug. 30th 1917}

We Will Remember Them