War Memories – a legacy

When it comes to war memories, there are those veterans who hold a propensity for detail. Kenneth Douglas Lein was one of those.

Lein, at 5ft.11in with hazel eyes was born on March 1, 1914.  in July, 1942 he enlisted in the Canadian Army in Toronto and spent 39 months overseas serving in France, Germany and in the Dutch Liberation and Poland liberation of POW (prisoner of war) camps.


                       Kenneth Lein (L) with comrade ‘Wally’

With his background in retail and records, Lein maintained a meticulous record/album of happenings, photos and letters to the troops issued by Field Marshall Montgomery that is now a legacy for son, Doug Lein (retired Saugeen Shores Police).

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Among the medals earned were:  the France and German Stars; the Defence Medal; the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and CLASP; the War medal 1939 – 1945.

      Joseph Maybin (Airforce)


“I have the complete military records of my father,” says Doug Lein, “and have also applied for my Uncle Joe’s records as he had no children.”


           Kenneth Douglas Lein

Letters to the Troops from the Commanders
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Kenneth Douglas Lein returned from service to become a purchasing agent at the University of Toronto.