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Name: Harry Kenneth Sweeney Rank: Private Service No: F/5207 Service: Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C. Date of Birth: November 19, 1920 Place of Birth: Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Enlistment: April 23, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Address At Enlistment: Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 21 Height: 5 feet, 5 inches Weight: 125 lbs. Complexion: Dark Eyes: Brown Hair: Black Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mrs. Margaret Sweeney (Mother) Pleasant Lake, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Death: August 10, 1944 Age at Death: 23 Cemetery: Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (Calvados, France) Grave Reference: XIII. C. 2. The 110th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial (Kenneth H. Sweeney on the Yarmouth War Memorial) [Harry Kenneth Sweeny on some official records] Commemorated on page 457 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 2 Private Sweeney was the son of Harry K. Sweeney and Margaret Sweeney. He was the brother of William, Arthur, Francis, Dorothy, Helen, and Margaret Sweeney. One brother served overseas as a mechanic with the RCAF. He completed school at age fifteen and worked with his father on the family farm until 1939. He was employed as a sawmill hand in 1939 and 1940 with Boutlier and Prosser Ltd. in Pleasant Lake. From July of 1940 until his enlistment he was self employed in his own business as a bus driver. Having enlisted in the Active Force at Yarmouth, NS he was taken on strength with No. 6 District (Halifax) and attached to No. 60 CABTC at Yarmouth for basic training. On July 16, 1942 he was transferred to Camp Bordon where he qualified as a driver Class II on February 8, 1943. He was taken on strength with Lincoln and Welland Regiment at Aldershot, NS on June 30, 1943 and served in Canada until July 16, 1943. He proceeded overseas and disembarked in the United Kingdom at Gouroch on July 22, 1944 and proceeded to France where he disembarked on July 25, 1944. Private Sweeney was killed in action while serving in France on August 10, 1944. He was initially buried on the west side of the Main Rd near St. Germain le Vassom on August 14, 1944 and reburied in the Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (Calvados, France) Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
Harry Kenneth Sweeney