August 30, 1944
Pte. L. Barnsley Reported Killed
Pte. Leonard Barnsley, 19, was killed in France, Aug. 5, his mother Mrs. Lavinia Barnsley, Cambridge St., Lindsay has been informed.
The young soldier enlisted in Toronto with the Dufferin and Haldimand Regiment and received his training in Camp Borden, Stratford and Niagara-on-the Lake. He entered the army on Jan. 19, 1943, and went overseas in September. He had been two weeks in France.
Leonard Barnsley was born in Lindsay, a son of the late Charles Barnsley, a veteran of the last war and Mrs. Lavinia Barnsley. November 2, 1944
The following letter was received by Mrs. Barnsley, mother of Pte. Leonard Barnsley, who gave his life for his King and Country in Normandy, on August 5th:
A & S. H of C
Canadian Army Overseas
29th. Sept, 1944.
Dear Mrs. Barnsley:
It is with great regret that I have to write you regarding your son, Pte. Barnsley, who was killed in action and of which you were officially notified a short time ago. However I am sure you will want to know some of the circumstances regarding his death.
As you know the Canadian Army was given the difficult task of breaking through the strong enemy defences south of Caen and it was this break through that spelled defeat of the German Armies in France. This operation consisted of a series of action requiring the utmost effort on the part of each Canadian taking part.
Your son was killed on the 5th,
of August, 1944 while taking part in one of these actions. He was buried by Capt. C. H. McClean, the Padre of our unit.
Mingled with the sadness of losing a dear one, you can be proud that your son took up his task as only a true man can do and without flinching made the supreme sacrifice for a cause we know to be just. He will live on in the hearts of his comrades, some of whom will doubtless return safely to their home because of your son's courage.
Please accept my sympathy for the loss of one so dear to you. Yours truly,
D. J. McCordic, Capt.