Mona Parsons

Mrs. Willem Leonhardt

Mona Parsons Leonhardt Foster

1901 – 1976


Tombstone

Wolfville
Nova Scotia

Located in Willowbank Cemetery on the east side of Gaspereau Avenue

GPS location:   45°05'11"N   64°21'23"W



Mona Parsons tombstone, Wolfville

Photographed on 10 June 2004



Mona Parsons tombstone, Wolfville

Photographed on 11 June 2004


Mona Parsons was born in 1901 in Middleton, Nova Scotia.
During World War Two 1939-1945, she became part of a
resistance unit in Nazi-occupied Holland.  In 1941, she was
condemned by a Nazi tribunal to death by firing squad, for
helping downed Allied airmen to escape from Holland.
In 1942, this sentence was commuted to a long term of
imprisonment.  She managed to escape and made her way
to safety by posing as a German.  Mona was presented with
citations from General Eisenhower and Air Chief Marshal Tedder
of the Royal Air Force for helping Allied airmen evade enemy capture.

Mona Parsons tombstone, Wolfville

Photographed on 11 June 2004



Clipping from the National Post, 23rd June 2005
From "Poise and Dignity Saved Mona Parsons"
by Patrick Watson, National Post, 23 June 2005

Mona Parsons Canadian Encyclopedia Featured Article
    http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?
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Citation to Mona Leonhardt from Air Chief Marshal Tedder
The citation to Mona Leonhardt from Arthur W. Tedder, Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force
and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force

Photographed on 30 April 2008 in Spryfield, Nova Scotia

Arthur William Tedder Wikipedia






Citation to Mona Leonhardt from Dwight Eisenhower
The citation to Mona Leonhardt from Dwight Eisenhower
Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force
Commanding General United States Forces European Theater

Photographed on 30 April 2008 in Spryfield, Nova Scotia

Dwight David Eisenhower Wikipedia


Detail of citation to Mona Leonhardt from Dwight Eisenhower
Digitally enhanced detail from the Eisenhower citation:
"European Theater of Operations U.S.A. H.Q."





Links to Relevant Websites
Mona Parsons

Mona Parsons Canadian Encyclopedia
    http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?
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Mona Louise Parsons Historica Minutes
    http://www.histori.ca/minutes/minute.do;jsessionid=89C653
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Mona Parsons Wolfville Historical Society Memorial Book
    http://wolfvillehs.ednet.ns.ca/memorialbook/Parsons-Mona.htm


Mona Louise Parsons, by Athabasca University
    http://www.athabascau.ca/wmst/november.php

The Wayback Machine has archived copies of
Mona Parsons
Athabasca University

Archived: 2004 November 16
http://web.archive.org/web/20041116060951/http://www.athabascau.ca/wmst/november.php

Archived: 2005 March 19
http://web.archive.org/web/20050319212735/http://www.athabascau.ca/wmst/november.php

Archived: 2005 October 30
http://web.archive.org/web/20051030162857/http://www.athabascau.ca/wmst/november.php

Archived: 2006 January 08
http://web.archive.org/web/20060108232925/http://www.athabascau.ca/wmst/november.php


These links were accessed and found to be valid on 2 May 2008.








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Wolfville: 1967 Centennial Project 1967 Willow Park plaque Wolfville
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Stephen P. Benjamin tombstone Stephen P. Benjamin tombstone Wolfville
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Wolfville war memorial Wolfville war memorial Wolfville
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Acadia U. Memorial Gym Acadia U. Memorial Gym Wolfville
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Canning war memorial Canning war memorial Canning
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Acacia Villa School cairn Acacia Villa School monument Hortonville
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Prescott House, Starrs Point Prescott House Starrs Point
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