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Pte. Peter Teasdale lost his life at Dieppe on August 19, 1942, saving those of others. According to news sent, via the radio to his wife, who resides at 18 Bell St., Pte. Teasdale had reached the security of a returning boat when he turned back to the beach to rescue some of the wounded men. In doing so, he forfeited his own life. One of those saved, Capt. Dennis Francis, Montreal, acknowledged his debt of gratitude when he was able to return to Canada, publicly lauding the heroism of this soldier, who now lies at rest in the civil cemetery at Mers-les-Baines, France. Born in Swellwell, in the north of England, Peter Teasdale had been orphaned by the last war, and in 1929, at the age of 19, he came to Canada. He was a farmer and worked on a Brant County farm. He was a member of the Onondaga United Church and was active in the Young People's Society. In November, 1939, he enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles and then became attached, in April, 1940, to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. After training three months in Canada, he went to England with his regiment arriving early in August. To mourn a brave father are two sons, Peter and William.