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Wycliffe Presley


Date and Place of Birth: January 1, 1926 Bourget, Ontario, Canada
Date and Place of Death:    June 26, 1952 Korea
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Corporal
Military Unit: 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Area Served: Korea

Wycliffe L. Presley was born on January 1, 1926 in Bourget, Ontario, Canada. Presley was a well-known amateur baseball player in Ontario, who worked for the Pure Spring soft drinks company. He enlisted on December 15, 1949 in Kingston, Ontario, and served with 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Corporal Presley left his wife, Florence and daughter, Marilyn, for service in Korea on March 15, 1952. The 1st Battalion was immediately pressed into action and Presley was killed in action while on night patrol on June 26, 1952. A total of 309 Canadians were killed in action during the Korean War.

Wycliffe Presley is buried at the United Nations Cemetery in Busan, South Korea. A memorial plaque for Corporal Presley can be seen on the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton, Ontario.

Thanks to Astrid van Erp for help with this biography.

Date Added May 12, 2013. Updated September 11, 2017.

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