Lt. Harlan Keely, Irish Regt of Canada - KIA 16 APR 1945
Posted Apr 20, 2009 1:14 PM
A stained glass window in my church (Forest Hill United Church, Toronto) commemorates the life of one Lt. Harlan Keely (note: NOT "Kelly", but "Keely"), who died in Holland on the 16th of April, 1945.
The only information listed on the window itself is his name, rank and date of death, but I noticed the regimental cap badge for the Irish Regiment of Canada featured in one of the stained glass panels and with some moderate Google-fu, I found a reference to Harlan in the book "Not Bad for a Sergeant" by Barnett Danson, which mentions him on page 11 of the preface:
I'm helping to put together a short history of the artwork and architecture of our Church and I'd like to find out more information about Lt. Keely, especially regarding his service in the Canadian armed forces. I do not know what his position or trade (if any) was.
I recall at one point someone here mentioned a way to search an archive somewhere (presumably the National Archives or DND) to find publicly released details of service, but I'm not sure if that applies to WWII vets yet.
I'm going to ask around in the congregation (we have some members who have been around since the window was commissioned in 1947) but I thought I'd also try here as well. I have no relation to the man, nor do I know anyone related to him - I'm just trying to add some depth to the memorial for him beyond a name, a rank and a DOD.