George Harold ‘Harry’ MacLeod
MacLeod, George Harold " Harry"Harry was born on December 20th 1894 in Superior Wisconsin U.S.A., the eldest son of Rev. and Mrs A.W. McLeod. Harry had two brothers who also enlisted, John (who fought with the 46th Battalion) and Leighton. In 1915 Harry was living in Paisley Ontario and he enlisted in Toronto on December 27th 1915. While living in Summerland George McLeod was an avid hunter. The Summerland Review in December 1914 described a fine deer that he shot in the hills above Naramata, which he brought across the lake to Summerland Private George H. MacLeod.Harry listed his trade as a printer. Harry enlisted with 20th Battalion. Just before leaving Camp Vernon George wrote to a friend in Summerland (November 16th) that he was suffering from a very bad cold. Later he became a member of ‘D’ Company of the 54th Battalion. George died on Christmas Day 1915 at Bramshott Camp England in hospital of pneumonia/bronchitis (he never fully recovered from the cold he contacted in Vernon. Upon his death he left behind his mother Catherine from Reay Caithness Scotland and several brothers and sisters. According to the December 31st issue of the Summerland Review, “ Mr. Macleod has been a resident of Summerland for the past seven or eight years and though slow to make friends, was highly respected by all who knew him. One of those who knew him best has on more than one occasion stated that he had one of the clearest and most logical minds he had ever known. He was a man of good education, a student and a deep thinker and took an active part in the work of St. Andrews Church, especially in the Young People’s Society.”
Brass plate placed in Summerland’s St Andrews church
Harry died on December 25 1915 while serving with the Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) of the 54th Battalion. He is buried at the Reay New Cemetery in Caithnesshire United Kingdom. (Grave 2.85) (R#443357)