Captain Leonard Leigh Salter

Regina Rifle Regiment, Regina Rifle Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

Born: May 14th 1911

Died August 16th 1944

Leonard was born in Vancouver. His father was George Leonard Salter [1876-1954] an accountant of Shaw, Salter and Plommer of 850 Hastings Street West, Vancouver. He had moved west from Brantford, Ontario.

Leonard was educated at Brentwood College, Vancouver Island and University College, Toronto. He Matriculated in 1930 and graduated with a 3rd in history in 1934.

He arrived at Liverpool on September 20th 1930, giving his address on the manifest as Christ Church.  He went home in the summer of 1933, arriving back in England on September 29th. On September 10th 1934, he went home to Canada giving his address C/o CPR London office. The college had a new address for him in Toronto.

He joined the Regina Rifles and was a Captain in the 1st Battalion.

He married Nina Sawyer at The King’s Chapel of the Savoy on February 26th 1944.

He was killed in action on August 16th 1944.

It was an overcast and cooler day; the battalion was to attack ground near to the village of Versainville. In the ensuing battle, they took 85 casualties including seven officers. Of these casualties, seventeen were killed [Leonard was of the highest rank], two died of wounds, two were taken prisoner and one was missing. The remainder were wounded.

He is buried in the Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery Plot X. F. 2.