Remembering Bill Leach
Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) William (Bill) Leach passed away suddenly on 1 April 2015. On 10 April a Service of Remembrance was held in the LeBreton Gallery of the Canadian War Museum to honour the life and service of this gentle man.
Bill, who was born in Sarnia in 1942, graduated from the Royal Military College in 1965 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps. This was the first step in a remarkable forty year military career that culminated in his appointment as Commander of the Canadian Army, an unprecedented appointment for a Logistics officer.
Following his retirement from the Canadian Forces in 2000, he worked in the private sector for ten years. In 2011, he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch. At around this time he also became active in a number of volunteer activities – the Military Families Fund; Support Our Troops; the Board of the University of Ottawa; the Royal Ottawa Hospital; the Institute for Mental Health Research; and, the Friends of the Canadian War Museum (FCWM). In this latter function, he served as President of the FCWM from 2010-2011. Subsequently, and until his death, Bill was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of History.
LeBreton Gallery Catalogue
Experience the LeBreton Gallery and the Canadian War Museum’s superb collection of military technology. Get an up-close view of imposing tanks, artillery and other machines of war, and learn about the military technology used by and against Canadians in times of both peace and conflict.
Attention all book lovers with an interest in military history! You are invited to visit the Friends of the Canadian War Museum “BookRoom” where hundreds of lovingly used titles covering the full spectrum of military subjects are offered for sale at very reasonable prices.
Often referred to as a little-known treasure, the “BookRoom” is a significant fundraiser for the Museum and is staffed by a team of volunteers whose knowledge of the collection is only surpassed by their motivation! The “BookRoom” is open daily between 1100 and 1500 (except Sunday) and is located adjacent to the Museum Research Library - just follow the signs!
2014 - 2015 FCWM Restoration Projects
Major projects in recent years have been the restoration of the Portrait Wall in the main concourse of the museum, and the restoration of the World War II Fordson Food Van and of the M1917 6-ton Tank, both of which can be seen in LeBreton Gallery. Most revenues come from annual membership fees, generous donations provided by members, and sale of used military books from our book store.
In this issue:
- 33 Tankette
- 2014 Adopt-a-Book Report
- The Founding of the PPCLI
- RCEME Museum Sod Turning Ceremony
- Book Reviews
- The Menin Gate at Midnight