Leo George Burt

Leo George Burt


Leo George Burt was born at Port Hope 15 June 1897. He was an eighteen-year-old student of Port Hope High School when he enlisted with the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough in October 1915. While at school, he was a member of St. John's Athletic Club, every member of which offered his services to the army, and all who were medically fit went overseas.

Leo went in July 1916 and took part in the battles of St. Eloi, Bully, Grany, Somme and Vimy Ridge where he was wounded in April 1917. He was invalided home in March 1918 and died at Queen's Military Hospital at Kingston on 30 July 1918.  He was buried at St. John's Cemetery, Port Hope.


Photo and text reproduced with permission

Taken from the "Book of Remembrance (A record of the men of Port Hope who participated in the Great War of 1914-1918)" by James A. Elliott, Chairman of Committee, Port Hope, Jan. 1st, 1919.



Jun 15, 1897

Born at Port Hope Ontario to William James and Edith May (nee Huyck) Burt


Aug 31, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 34th Battery, 9th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery


Sep 1, 1915

Transferred to and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 3rd Division Cyclist Platoon


Oct 5, 1915

Attested into the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 195027

Ø      Next of kin given as Edith M Burt (mother) of Bramley St, Port Hope Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Book Keeper

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

He lied about his age, stating that he was born June 15, 1896


Jan 1, 1916

Promoted to rank of Acting Corporal


Feb 1, 1916

Reverts to rank of Private at his own request


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

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


Oct 6, 1916

The 93rd Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion and Pte Burt was TOS their strength with the rest of the Battalion


Oct 27, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Nov 15, 1916

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother Edith May Burt at Port Hope Ontario


Nov 18, 1916

Left for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Nov 26, 1916

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Brigade Support at Calonne.  While here, they supplied work parties for various units


Dec 17, 1916

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Dec 25, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Bombing Course


Apr 9, 1917

Received shrapnel wounds to his right arm during the attack at Vimy Ridge.  It is not recorded in his file, but he would have been treated first at the RAP (Regimental Aid Post) by the Battalion’s Medical Officer.  He would then have been transported to a Field Ambulance for emergency treatment and evaluation.  From there he would have been sent to a CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) prior to being sent to a hospital


Apr 11, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Australian General Hospital at Wimereux


Apr 14, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 15, 1917

Admitted to the No 3 Western General Hospital at Cardiff


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Wokingham


Jun 8, 1917

His wounds are noted as not healing well as well as recurrent drainage from his left ear


Jun 29, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Aug 2, 1917

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington


Oct 4, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Nov 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Jan 2, 1918

Medical Board at Seaford notes that since his being wounded at Vimy Ridge, his left hear has been draining almost constantly.  The ear drum had been ruptured and the diagnosis reads Otitis Media, an acute inner ear infection


Jan 10, 1918

Posted to the EORD Depot Company at Seaford


Jan 25, 1918

On Command to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Jan 31, 1918

Admitted to the Central Military Hospital at Lichfield diagnosis reads NYD (Not Yet Determined)


Feb 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Feb 23, 1918

Embarked the SS Grampian at Liverpool



Mar 17, 1918

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston Ontario.   

On arrival in Kingston he was posted to the Casualty Unit at Fort Henry.  This was a Convalescent unit for soldiers who could not perform regular duties.


Apr 5, 1918

Admitted to the Kingston General Hospital diagnosed with Tonsillitis.  He is also noted as having chronic ear trouble with occasional drainage from the left ear


Apr 18, 1918

Posted to the #3 District Depot Casualty Company Kingston


Apr 20, 1918

Discharged to unit from hospital


May 27, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jun 4, 1918

Reported for duty and forfeited 9 days pay


Jun 14, 1918

Admitted to the Queen Street Military Hospital diagnosed with VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Jul 30, 1918

Transferred to the Queen’s Military Hospital at 3.00 am after having gone into seizures and becoming comatose.  The diagnosis is changed to read Anaemic Poisoning 

He died at 9.45 pm. 

A Board of Inquiry was assembled to investigate the circumstances of his death.  After making note of the details leading up to his death, the Pathologist expressed that in his opinion:  

“death was of uraemic origin, though cumulative effects of diarsenol on cerebral cortex cannot be excluded.” 

Diarsenol was the drug that was used in the treatment for the Syphilis symptoms.  This drug was later discovered to have extreme side effects that could cause death.


May 4, 1921

The following were sent to his father Wm J Burt, at The Pines, Bramley Street, Port Hope Ontario 

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal

Ø      Plaque (commonly called the Dead Man’s Penny)

Ø      Scroll


Jan 30, 1922

Memorial Cross sent to his mother Mrs Edith Burt at The Pines, Bramley Street, Port Hope Ontario


St John's Cemetery
Port Hope ON


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 below shows Leo Burt's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

Leo George Burt


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