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Service No. Rank Service Date of Birth Place of Birth Date of Enlistment Place of Enlistment Date of Death Age Cemetery/Memorial Grave Reference
Leslie Thomas Fielding B801594 Private 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, R.C.I.C. April 4, 1928 Truro, Nova Scotia August 20, 1950 Toronto, Ontario April 25, 1951 23 United Nations Cemetery (Busan), South Korea Plot 2. Row 3. Grave 69 Commemorated on Page 24 of the Korean War Book of Remembrance Private Leslie Thomas Fielding was the son of Edwin O. and Mary Lydia Fielding of Truro, Nova Scotia. He had no prior military service. He left school partway through Grade 7 to work in his home town of Truro. From 1943 to 1947, he worked with Stanfields, then the Truro Hotel, the Canadian National Railway (CNR), a greenhouse, St. Lawrence Starch company, and another placement. The personnel officer in Toronto, where Fielding enlisted, accurately noted that the man had worked a lot of different jobs. Fielding was recommended to head to Petawawa to cover a vacancy as a light machine gunner. Training included time at Petawawa, Wainwright, and Calgary before heading to Fort Lewis to prepare to leave for Korea. He joined the PPCLI in August 1950. He was killed in action on the night of April 24-25, 1951, in the Battle of Kapyong at Hill 677, from an injury to his right upper leg. His only personal effects listed was a "Korean ring", perhaps purchased while 2 PPCLI was in reserve and training.
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Source: Andrew Burtch, Post-1945 Historian, Canadian War Museum Veterans Affairs Canada