Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Leslie Albert Snow

In memory of:

Gunner Leslie Albert Snow

November 21, 1950

Canoe River, British Columbia

Military Service


Service Number:

N-800061

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Artillery

Division:

2nd Field Regiment

Additional Information


Born:

September 15, 1924
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Enlistment:

August 16, 1950
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Son of Andrew Gordon and the late Maude Snow, St. John's, Newfoundland. Brother of Gordon, Edward William, Stanley, Mrs. Florrie Elliott Garland and Mrs. Mary Rosa Conway. Gunner Snow enlisted at St. John's, Newfoundland on 16 August 1950. He was single and employed as a boiler maker with Canadian National Dock.

Commemorated on the Wall of Remembrance.

Commemorated on Page 69 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

CHURCH OF ENGLAND CEMETERY
Newfoundland, Canada

Grave Reference:

Grave 57, Location: LXVII - Newfoundland

Location:

St. John's, Newfoundland

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  • Memorial at Canoe River– Memorial at Canoe River train crash site.  In November of 1950 thousands of soldiers were sent to Fort Lewis, Washington, for training before their journey to Korea. They went by rail.  At 10:35 in the morning of November 21st, a troop train carrying 340 soldiers - soldiers of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery - was just east of the village of Canoe River, British Columbia. An express train on the same track was speeding in the opposite direction. And the two crashed, head-on. The troop train was tossed into the air, its engine thrown back onto the coach cars behind it. Steel cars were shattered by other steel cars in a raging inferno.  Seventeen Canadian soldiers died that morning, and the bodies of four of them were never found. Many of those who escaped death suffered horrible injury including massive burns.  The sacrifice made by the men at Canoe River was no less than that of all war veterans who died in the service of our country.  These Canoe River men also died so that others might live in peace. We remain eternally in their debt.
  • Monument– Reverse of Korean War Veterans War Memorial.  It is a memorial to the victims of the Canoe River crash. The monument is located in the Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Inscription
  • Inscription– Memorial plaques for Gunner Leslie Albert Snow, Trooper John Fulton Smillie, Craftsman Frederick Slater and Lieutenant Colonel William Robert Ian Slack on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.
  • Korean War Memorial– A section of the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario. The memorial consists of a central section and 13 other sections containing memorial plaques for each of the 516 Canadian service men who died while serving with the Canadian Forces in the United Nations operations in Korea. It was erected by the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and was dedicated on July 27, 1997.
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Part 1
  • Inscription– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Part 2
  • Memorial– Central Section of Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance Part 3
  • Inscription– Gunner LESLIE ALBERT SNOW, is one of 23 soldiers commemorated on this panel and is one of the 516 soldiers whose names appear on the Korean War Monument in Ottawa.  It was erected IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE CANADIAN WHO DIED IN SERVICE DURING THE KOREAN WAR 1950-1953 AND ON KOREAN PEACE KEEPING DUTIES, 1953-1957.  Gunner SNOW was one of 17 soldiers who died on November 21, 1950 when a westbound train carrying troops of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery collided with an eastbound train (Vancouver to Montréal) just east of Canoe River, B.C.  He is buried in CHURCH OF ENGLAND CEMETERY, St. John's Newfoundland.
  • Korean War Memorial– Korean War Monument, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Korean War Memorial– Close–up of the Korean War Monument in Ottawa, Ontario.  This features a Canadian soldier, facing toward Busan, Korea, where an identical monument watches over the graves of 378 Canadians in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. Accompanying the volunteer are two Korean children, both holding symbols: the girl, a bouquet of maple leaves symbolizing Canada; and the boy, a bouquet of maple leaves and roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea.
  • Dedication– Dedicatory inscription, Korean War Monument, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Essay– Account of the Canoe River Train Accident (Source:  Veterans Affairs Canada)

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