Leonard Ernest Blizzard

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jan 9, 1900

Born at London England 

At some point he was brought to Canada and adopted by Earl and Flossie May (nee McMaster) Bonter and appears as their adopted son in the 1911 Census


Nov 23, 1916

Attested into the 252nd Battalion at Omemee Ontario 

Ø      Number 1087037

Ø      Next of kin given as Charles Blizzard, brother, of 176 Normandy Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford


Jun 10, 1917

On arrival at Seaford, the 252nd Battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion and continued training at Seaford


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Nov 24, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion on the Passchendaele front and assigned to "A" Company


Aug 6, 1918

Pte Blizzard was wounded when a German artillery 5.9” shell landed in an ammunition dump at the same time that his Company was moving forward to enter the front line.  He was given first aid and moved to the No 47 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment where he died shrapnel wounds and a compound fracture to his left leg.

Crouy British Cemetery
Crouy sur Somme, France 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his adoptive father, Earl Bonter, at Box 1094, Trenton, Ontario.  It is interesting to note that in Pte Blizzard’s will, he left his estate to Earl Bonter and described him as “a friend”, and no mention of him being his adoptive father. 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Charles W. Blizzard, at 176 Normandy Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham, England 

There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother was deceased and he was unmarried


Above is from the January 1938 issue of the Communiqé, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter describing how Pte Blizzard was wounded

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