Remember Them: Leonard James Brown

Part of a continuing special tribute to help mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Leonard James BrownPhoto: Courtesy of Veterans Voices of Canada

Veteran Profile: Leonard James Brown

Leonard joined the 30th Reconnaissance/Essex regiment (tank) in July of 1943. He soon transferred to the 17th Duke of York’s Royal Canadian Hussars.

“Dad wanted me to be a dispatch rider, but when he found out the life expectancy was shorter than aircrew, he changed his mind. I joined the armoured corps and became a Bren gun carrier driver instead. Many times, I drove directly at German machine gun nests with bullets fired at us, bouncing all over the front of the carrier.”

Leonard was discharged in 1945.

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Originally Published in Our Canada