Royal Canadian Air Force
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Died: Aug 16,1940
Regina Cemetery, Canada
Peter Charles Everett Lay, born January 18, 1915 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where he attended Central Collegiate and Luther College. A member of the Canadian Militia, Lay became the youngest man to receive the Silver Jubilee Medal, awarded in May 1935 for recognition as a machine gun instructor with the 12th Machine Gun Battalion. Lay went on to become a 2nd Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion, Regina Rifles Regiment, later joining the Royal Canadian Artillery attached to the 113th Field Battery. In 1937, Lay moved to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he worked for Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company until returning to Regina to enlist September 10, 1939. Lay served as a Flying Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force attached to No. 8 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron (Determined To Defend) during the Second World War. Based at Sydney, Nova Scotia with RAF Eastern Air Command, the No. 8 Squadron operated Northrop Delta aircraft on anti-submarine patrols off the east coast of Canada. On August 16, 1940, Flying Officer Peter Charles Everett Lay died during a gunnery practice when his Northrop Delta crashed near Hertford Island, off Cape Dolphin on the Cape Breton coast of Nova Scotia. Lay is commemorated at the Regina Cemetery, Saskatchewan. Only son of Everett Alfred and Julia Gertrude (nee Burbank) Lay of Regina; brother of Frances Lay; he was 25 years old. Lay Lake, Saskatchewan is named in his honour. Citation(s): 1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, General Service Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp "The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example." - Benjamin Disraeli
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Memorial: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan