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."