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Harry Leo Teasdale

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Class I Harry Leo Teasdale

February 19, 1945

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


11 Sqdn.


1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45. Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 7 December 1945.

Additional Information


October 28, 1922
Drumheller, Alberta


November 14, 1941
Calgary, Alberta

Son of James Robert Whigham and Maude Ellen (nee Oram) Teasdale of Edmonton, Alberta. Twin brother of Flying Officer Thomas Leo Teasdale, RCAF, killed in action on 25 March 1944, and brother of James Frederick, Richard Robert and Kathleen Ellen.

Commemorated on Page 569 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 4. Column 3.


The Ottawa Memorial stands on the north-eastern point of Green Island in the City of Ottawa. Overlooking the northern branch of the Twin Falls of the Rideau River, it commands a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and the Gatineau Hills beyond. The Memorial commemorates those of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth who lost their lives while serving in units operating from bases in Canada, the British West Indies and the United States of America, or while training in Canada and the U.S.A., and who have no known graves. The main feature of the Ottawa Memorial is a sculptured terrestrial globe in bronze, 3 metres in diameter, on a base formed by three bronze beavers rising from the centre of an ornamental pool. The globe, of open lattice-work corresponding to the lines of latitude and longitude, on which the land masses are super imposed in low relief, is crowned by the Air Forces emblem of a bronze eagle with outspread wings. Two curved screen walls faced in limestone, bearing cast bronze panels on which the names appear, face inwards towards the globe. They are placed slightly off centre to allow a clear view through the Ottawa Memorial from the central steps on Sussex Drive and from the wide pathway. Two Air Force crest exist in the paving between the screen walls. A dedicatory inscription, in English on one screen wall and in French on the other, is incised in the stonework between the bronze name panels, which reads as follows:
1939 - 1945
In honoured memory of the men and women of the air forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire who gave their lives in Canada, in the United States of America and neighbouring lands and who have no known grave.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– Remembering brothers lost … Brothers In Arms Memorial, Zonnebeke, BE … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens … May 2022
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram February 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of HARRY LEO TEASDALE– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Harry Teasdale– Teasdale, Harry Leo Whigham - Warrant Officer, Class 1. Born October 28, 1922, at Drumheller, Alta. Educated at Drumheller.  Entered the service of the Bank 12th November, 1940. Served at Drumheller and Hanna, Alta. Enlisted 8th November, 1941, from the latter branch in R.C.A.F. Sergeant in April, 1943; Flight Sergeant in September, 1943; Warrant Officer, Class II, in June, 1944; Warrant Officer, Class I, in January, 1945. Trained at Edmonton and Calgary, Alta., and Debert and Dartmouth, N.S. Served with 161 Squadron based at Dartmouth. Posthumously awarded R.C.A.F. Operational Wing by Chief of Air Staff "in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy."  Missing when the bomber on which he was flying was wrecked over the Atlantic Ocean on 19th February, 1945. Officially presumed dead 8th August, 1945.  From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.
  • Biography– From the research work done by Margaret Rose Gaunt and submitted for the project Operation Picture Me

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