Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Leonard William Pattyson

In memory of:

Flying Officer Leonard William Pattyson

July 24, 1944

Over the English Channel

Military Service


Service Number:

J/35167

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

226 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal 1939-45, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 23 January 1947.

Additional Information


Born:

February 15, 1921
Tribune, Saskatchewan

Enlistment:

September 3, 1943
MacLeod, Alberta

Son of Francis William and Annie Pattyson, of Regina, Saskatchewan. Brother of Mildred. He attended Slager Public School from 1928-1937 and Tribune High School from 1937-1938. The province of Saskatchewan honoured Flying Officer Pattyson by naming Pattyson Lake northeast of Pasfield Lake.

Commemorated on Page 413 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 247.

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 kilometres 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.

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  • Memorial Entrance – Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription – Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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