Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, The Honourable Barnett J (Barney) Danson, PC, CC, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (Fr), Officer of the Ordre national du Mérite (Fr)
Former Minister of Defence in the Trudeau Government, Barney Danson enlisted in The Queen’s Own at the beginning of the Second World War, aware of the Nazi threat and knowing several families who had been driven out of Germany due to the outbreak of hostilities. He lost the sight in one eye when wounded in France in August 1944 and after hospitalization returned to Canada.
He had a distinguished political career, which he describes in his book Not Bad, For a Sergeant. Lieutenant Colonel Danson passed away quietly in Toronto at age 90 on Tuesday, 18 October, 2011.
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I did not ever have the opportunity to personally meet Barney, however he did correspond with me and called me as he had served with both of my Uncles who he mentioned in his book. Barney called me to say he was visiting graves at Normandy where my uncles who died on D-day were buried and may see this coverage on TV. I am thankful for his service and his friendship.
Gordon Reed KIA June 6, 1944 QOR
Douglas Reed KIA June 6, 1944 QOR