Kawartha Lakes Public Library Digital Archive
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May 28, 1943
  Leo. Begley former Editor of the Daily Post has enlisted in the R.C.A. and is at present stationed in Toronto.

  Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Begley have received a letter from their son Pte. Leo. Begley. Leo says that he is in England and is in fine health.

August 9, 1944
Short, Newsy Description of Heart of Commonwealth — Many Will Make Good Citizens of Canada.

  Below will be found a few paragraphs of interest from a letter received by Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Begley, Russell St., from their son Lance Corp. Leo Begley of the British Intelligence, in London Eng. Many friends of Leo will remember him as Editor of the Daily Post in Lindsay. The letter in part reads as follows:

  "London is a very peculiar city, one of the strongest, yet greatest communities, in the world. It has an air of the cosmopolitan that can never be matched by a Canadian city. It has the dirt of historic years crushed on its ancient buildings and has the culture of the great civilization stored up in its museums, churches and art galleries.
  "London is populated by a people who are a race apart from the English people one finds in the country, towns and villages. It is divided into Burroughs, each with a character and personality of its own. The one in which I am fortunate enough to live in, is a rather bohemian locality filled with artists would-be artists and many strange people. I managed to learn quite a lot from my contacts with them and believe I will return home with a broader outlook than I possessed when I saw Canada disappear into the distance as I moved out into the Atlantic.
  “One of the best friends over here is a Squadron Leader Rogers, of the RAF. You may have heard of Rogers Rangers in the war of 1812. That Rogers was one of this man’s great great grandfathers. The same man was first Governor-General of Canada.
  “I believe you will find a very large influx of English and Europeans after the war. With a little careful attention by our immigration authorities a country can benefit very greatly by such citizens because they can contribute so much to the future of a young country. They have suffered greatly and Canada would be like a paradise to them.”

Leo Begley
Media Type
Genealogical Resource
Item Types
This card is part of a larger collection of World War II personnel clippings. The project began in 1944 at the Lindsay Library. The intent was to gather together as much information as possible on the military record and the service of people from the Town of Lindsay and the County of Victoria (now Kawartha Lakes)who served in the war. To that end, during the years 1944, 1945, and 1946, members of the public donated photographs and updated information about their loved ones. Both library staff and the public saved and donated newspaper clippings. Some of the files contain great amounts of detail, while others have just a name.
Watchful Warder
Date of Original
Personal Name(s)
Thomas Begley ; Leo Begley
World War II Service Files
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.3531273438398 Longitude: -78.73934021698
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