Leonard C Boswell, MM


May 18, 1890

Born at Becksley (Bexley?) Heath, Kent England


May 4, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59081 (temporary number 1358)

Ø      Next of kin given as Edward Boswell (father) of 42 Durham St., Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Congregationalist

Ø      Assigned as a Despatch Rider


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jun 13, 1915

Attached to CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) Depot at West Sandling


Sep 14, 1915

Ceases to be attached and assigned to the Medical Section 

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Nov 6, 1916

Granted leave until November 17, 1916


Nov 20, 1916

Returned to duty from leave


May 30, 1917

Proceeded to England with view to obtaining a Commission


May 31, 1917

TOS EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford


Jun 1, 1917

Mentioned In Despatches per London Gazette #30107



Jun 2, 1917

Granted leave until June 16, 1917


Jun 17, 1917

Overstayed leave by 1 day and forfeits 1 day’s pay


Jul 7, 1917

On Command to OTC (Officer Training Corps) Bexhill


Jul 9, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30172


Citation reads:

For marked courage and devotion to duty in action.  He passed through a heavy barrage of enemy artillery in advance of his party and on his own initiative located a R.A.P. in the enemy lines and prepared same for our own use.


Sep 1, 1917

Granted Commission as Temp Lieut and posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Oct 31, 1917

Admitted to #13 Canadian General Hospital, Hastings, with Vincent’s Angina (commonly called Trench Mouth, an infection of the gums)


Nov 17, 1917

Was diagnosed with a Hammered Toe, and surgery was performed to amputate 2nd toe of right foot


Nov 20, 1917

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on posting to EORD while in hospital


Dec 17, 1917

Medical Board at Hastings recommends 3 weeks leave which was granted.


Dec 18, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Jan 11, 1918

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 5, 1918

Proceeded on course at Shorncliffe


Mar 1, 1918

Qualified with Distinction at 64th Rifle Course at Canadian School of Musketry


Apr 10, 1918

Posted to 21st Battalion


Apr 11, 1918

Arrived at #2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and is TOS 21st Battalion


Apr 13, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


May 10, 1918

Left to join unit


May 12, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line in the Mercatel section.  Lieut Boswell was posted to “D” Company, and put in charge of No. 14 Platoon


Aug 27, 1918

Admitted to #7 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 28, 1918

Died of wounds at #7 CCS

Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery
Averdoingt France


Feb 13, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following medals were sent to his parents at 42 Durham St., Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Military Medal

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory medal

Ø      Memorial Cross

Ø      Plaque

Ø      Scroll


During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo above shows Lieut Leonard Boswell's  name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

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