Gordon Dalgleish was born in Appleton, Ontario, on September 25th, 1919, and moved to Hespeler with his family when only six months old, where he has resided ever since. He attended Hespeler Public School and the Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School.
Following the example of his father, who has been associated with the textile business for forty-seven years, he joined the D.W. & W. staff in November, 1936, as shipper’s helper in the Dalvay Knit Goods section. After six months’ experience in the shipping department he was transferred to the Cloth Finishing Department where he was employed until enlisting. During the years he spent in this department he became familiar with the various processes included in the finishing of cloth.
Besides being keenly interested in hockey, baseball and lacrosse, having played on local teams in all of these sports, Gordon was an excellent swimmer and spent much of his spare time at Puslinch Lake.
He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force on August 23rd, 1941and was posted to Manning Pool, Toronto, for training. Later he received training at Trenton, Mount Hope and then Dunnville, where he received his wings. He is now stationed at Rivers, Manitoba, where he is taking a two months’ course in navigation.