Black Hawk County

Pvt. George D. Leask, Jr.




R. Schwerin, George Leask
Die in France

Pvt. Raymond Schwerin, 20, son of Mrs. Minnie Schwerin, 1316 Forest avenue, and Pvt. George D. Leask, Jr., whose parents reside in Oakland, Cal., were listed Thursday as killed in action on Nov. 11 in France.

Private Leask was killed after serving overseas only two weeks with a medical battalion, according to word received by Waterloo relatives.

His father, Maj. G. D. Leask, a native of Waterloo, now residing in Oakland, was retired from active army service this month after being in north Africa and Italy 15 months with a signal port service command.

Private Leask lived in Oakland until entering service in September, 1943. He trained at Camp Howze, Tex., and the first letter received from him overseas was dated Oct. 27.

Surviving also is the mother, now remarried and residing in Oakland.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, November 30, 1944, Page 9

NOTE: In a Waterloo Daily Courier article dated Friday, December 29, 1944, regarding Major George D. Leask, it was noted “Their son, Pvt. George Leask, Jr., 20, together with Pvt. Raymond Scherwin, 20, also of Waterloo, was killed last Nov. 11 in France when one of them stepped on a land mine as they were serving as litter bearers.”