MWO Leslie A. “Knobby” Walsh (Ret'd)

    • MWO Leslie A. “Knobby” Walsh (Ret'd)
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    • S/Sgt 'Knobby' Walsh

    We regret to advise of the death of Master Warrant Officer Leslie A. “Knobby” Walsh (Ret`d) on 6 October 2013, at the age of 88.

    A long-time resident of Ottawa, Knobby served his Country for over 45 years. Born in Belfast, Ireland, he emigrated to Bathurst, NB at the age of four. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1943 at age 18 and trained as a boy soldier with the Canadian Technical Training Corps. He joined the Royal Canadian Pay Corps in 1945 and then came to the Army Survey Establishment in 1947 to become a surveyor.

    During his Mapper career, Knobby visited such exotic locales as the Yukon, northern British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories as an axe-man, booker and assistant packer. He was a member of Army Survey Establishment’s first horse-mounted survey party. Later in his career he became a photogrammetrist. MWO Walsh took his release from the Canadian Forces in 1969 and then started a Public Service career. He served in such diverse capacities as In Charge of Aerial Triangulation, the Digital Implementation Group and Head of Comp 2. Knobby retired as a DD8 in January 1991 but returned in December of that year and remained with the unit October 1992 as an AS3 to help with the Mapper portion of Volume III of the History of the RCE. For many years after his retirement, he was a volunteer in his community.

    There will be no memorial service. Friends and relatives wishing to further honour his memory may make donations to the Alzheimer Society or the Alzheimer's Day-Away Program.{khMar2016}