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William Clothier Leaming

In memory of:

Flying Officer William Clothier Leaming

June 15, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/20386

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

179 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of William and Kathleen Leaming, of Bronte, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 361 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 246.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometers by road west of London.

The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:

IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE

In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– A plaque on the exterior wall of Leaside Memorial Community Gardens, a hockey arena and recreational complex at 1073 Millwood Road, Toronto. The original facility was opened in 1951 and was named in remembrance of local men who died in World War II. Included in the names on the plaque is that of William Clothier Leaming. (Image taken by Gregory J. Barker of Barrie, Ontario, in 2015.)
  • Runnymede Memorial– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Stone of Remembrance– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Runnymede Memorial– Panels -September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Entrance– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Allied Airmen Memorial– The 153 airmen listed on the memorial came from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and the United Kingdom. Some were shot down while carrying out missions over the German occupied Channel Islands, while others were returning from missions elsewhere in Europe.

Allied Airmen Memorial is located at Guernsey Airport, La Villiaze, Forest, Guernsey.

Photo courtesy of John S. Brehaut.
  • Allied Airmen Memorial– The 153 airmen listed on the memorial came from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and the United Kingdom. Some were shot down while carrying out missions over the German occupied Channel Islands, while others were returning from missions elsewhere in Europe.

Allied Airmen Memorial is located at Guernsey Airport, La Villiaze, Forest, Guernsey.

Photo courtesy of John S. Brehaut.
  • Allied Airmen Memorial– The 153 airmen listed on the memorial came from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and the United Kingdom. Some were shot down while carrying out missions over the German occupied Channel Islands, while others were returning from missions elsewhere in Europe.

Allied Airmen Memorial is located at Guernsey Airport, La Villiaze, Forest, Guernsey.

Photo courtesy of John S. Brehaut.
  • Inscription– The 153 airmen listed on the memorial came from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and the United Kingdom. Some were shot down while carrying out missions over the German occupied Channel Islands, while others were returning from missions elsewhere in Europe.

Allied Airmen Memorial is located at Guernsey Airport, La Villiaze, Forest, Guernsey.

Photo courtesy of John S. Brehaut.

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