Lester Brown was thought to be the last surviving black Canadian veteran to have fought in the D-Day invasion.Rifleman Lester Brown had been drafted at 23 and later assigned to the Queen’s Own Rifles before being shipped to Europe in 1944.
A few days after landing in Nazi-occupied France on June 6, he and his platoon were ordered to take Bretteville-sur-Laize.
Seeing an Allied tank on the road, Brown and another soldier hurried towards it but came under fire by a German ambush. He managed to save himself but later found the other soldier dead, in a pool of blood from being shot in the head.
Brown was wounded in the knee and took a bullet to the chin, which looked terrible at first but left only a facial scar.