Private Lionel McAdam

Lionel McAdam was a gunner in one of the first tank crews. Having been barred from joining the Canadian infantry because he was too short, he paid his own passage across the Atlantic to join the British Army. He was in the Heavy Machine Gun Corps and aboard Crème de Menthe in that first tank action...

Lionel McAdam was wounded in January 1917, but soon returned to active service, salvaging and repairing broken down tanks from the battlefield. He returned to Canada. In 1919, where he resumed work as an electrical engineer with the Toronto Transit Commission. He married and had two sons. He lived in Toronto until his death in 1973, aged 82.   

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