Etc. -- Leo Michener killed in biplanc accident, 1917
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The following is from a page 1 article in the 30 Aug 1917 issue of the 
Simcoe Reformer

Killed in a Biplane Accident 
in England, August 3rd, 1917

This young man, when the war came, was occupying a splendid position on the engineering staff of the Welland Canal. The family lived in Welland and consisted, besides himself, of his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Michener, and one sister, Miss Zella.

Their home originally was in Charlotteville, and Lieut. Leo Michener was born twenty-two years ago in Simcoe, the father at that time being employed as a travelling salesman for the Simcoe Canning Company.

Leo answered one of the early calls and he got to France as a private in May, 1915. He was wounded at Loos and wounded and gassed at Courcelette. After this he was given a commission in the Engineers. At his own request he was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, where the need of young men is greatest.

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 Y.M.C.A. of Welland, all of whom 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," along with so many of my pals, I'll go with two stars on my shoulders and without a trace of bitterness."

Leo Michener
Image from microfilm

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