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Leonard Joseph Boatman

In memory of:

Private Leonard Joseph Boatman

October 20, 1944

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Army Service Corps


7th Infantry Brigade Company

Additional Information


October 31, 1918
Waterloo, Ontario


December 16, 1941
Kitchener, Ontario

Son of George H. and Eleanora Boatman.

Commemorated on Page 252 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information



Grave Reference:

Panel 11.


During the Second World War, many thousands of men and women from all countries of the British Commonwealth and Empire lost their lives in trying to repel the German invasion of the Netherlands and Belgium in 1940, and in the ensuing struggle to liberate the occupied countries. Some 11,000 of these have their graves in Belgium and nearly 20,000 lie in the Netherlands. Of this number, there are over 1,000 who have no known grave. The Groesbeek Memorial, which stands in Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, about 10 kilometres south-east of the Dutch town of Nijmegen, commemorates by name these members of the Commonwealth land forces who died during the campaign in North-West Europe between the time of crossing the Seine at the end of August 1944, and the end of the war in Europe. The Groesbeek Memorial consists of twin colonnaded buildings which face each other across the turfed forecourt of the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, between the entrance and the Stone of Remembrance. The names of the men commemorated are inscribed in panels of Portland stone built into the rear walls, and within each building are inscribed the words:

The walls bear the names of the soldiers
Of the British Commonwealth and Empire
Who fell in the advance from the river seine
Through the low countries and into Germany
But to whom the fortune of war denied
A known and honoured grave.
30TH AUGUST 1944 - 5TH MAY 1945

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Kitchener Public Library collection of World War Two Solider Information Cards. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Leonard Boatman– Private Leonard Boatman was remembered at the "Thanksgiving for Victory" memorial service in Waterloo, Ontario on Sunday, May 20, 1945.
  • Thanksgiving for Victory memorial service
  • List of casualties remembered at the memorial service
  • Memorial– Due to a tragic accident on October 20, 1944, 37 British and Canadians lost their lives on these fields. They died for our freedom. Canadians that died: Victor Barbour, Alfred Bateman, Eric Biggin, Leonard Joseph Bateman, Clifford Emil Carlson, Edwin Edward Larkin, Bernard Joseph O'Connor, Lorne Edgar Roulston, Walter John Sandison and Frances Henry Wall. This memorial is located at IJzendijke, Netherlands.

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