Leo Fitzmaurice Burns

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 12, 1892

Born in Hamilton, Ontario to William and Mary Burns.


Mar 12, 1917

Attested into the 241st Battalion CEF in Windsor, Ontario: 

Ø      Number 1045773

Ø      Next of kin given as Sarah Burns, wife, 690 Hamilton Ave., Detroit, Michigan, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Salesman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Apr 29, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 30, 1917

Fined 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave).


May 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Dibgate Segregation Camp.


May 9, 1917

The 241st Battalion proceeded to West Sandling where the entire Battalion was absorbed into the 5th Reserve Battalion.


Jun 6, 1917

Transferred to the 164th Battalion at Witley and assigned to “B” Company.


Feb 7, 1918

Admitted to the No. 12 Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott diagnosed with influenza.


Feb 21, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital.


Mar 5, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 General Hospital in Rouen with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined) and discharged the same day.


Mar 9, 1918

Attached to the 125th Battalion for duty.


Mar 28, 1918

Rejoined the 164th Battalion.


Mar 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 1,498 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Mar 31, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart.


Apr 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Wailly as part of a draft of 44 reinforcements.


May 12, 1918

At approximately 3.30 am Private Burns received shrapnel wounds to his left arm and legs.  Below is from the Battalion’s War Diary.

Above is from his service file, showing that he was transported to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for treatment.  At 8.00 am he died of those wounds and was buried in the Bac du Sud British Military Cemetery.

Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Sarah H. Burns, 214 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, Maryland, USA.

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