Gunner Leo Knox, one of the last surviving members of the storied 166th(Newfoundland) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery has passed away at the age of 93, today he would have celebrated his 94th birthday.
Leo enlisted with the 166th as a teenager and joined the fabled unit in Italy in 1944. He later joined the St. John’s Fire Department where he served for 35 years and was instrumental in the development of the Fire Prevention Program.
Leo was a familiar site at memorial services at the National War Memorial on July 1 and November 11 where he stood proudly in remembrance of his fallen comrades.
Leo was an active member of the 166th Regimental Association and proudly carried the Regimental Colours to the Basilica to have them blessed. He had been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 71 years.
Leo will be fondly remembered as a hero and a gentleman.