Leo Carl Cable, MM


Dec 9, 1888

Born at Straffordville, Elgin County, Ontario


Mar 31, 1916

Attested into the 91st Battalion at St Thomas Ontario 

Ø      Number 190172

Ø      Next of kin given as JD Phillips (grandfather) of Aylmer Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

o       Later noted as Dry Goods Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 30th Battery

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Posted to “D” Company


Apr 10, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


Jun 29, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jul 10, 1916

Promoted to rank of Provisional Cpl


Jul 15, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Sep 10, 1916

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request in order to proceed to France 

Posted to 21st Battalion


Sep 11, 1916

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


Oct 1, 1916

Left CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Oct 4, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Oct 6, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had just arrived at billets in Bouzencourt, having just returned from the front lines on the Somme.  Pte Cable was part of the reinforcing party to replace the losses from the previous 2 weeks of fighting


Dec 4, 1916

Proceeded on the Trench Mortar Course at the 1st Army School of Mortars


Dec 21, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Nov 2, 1917           Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30364


This was for his actions as a Stretcher Bearer on August 15 during the fighting at Lens. 

The Citation reads

August 15th-18th 1917.  For conspicuous bravery and resourcefulness.  Under intense shell fire, he, in addition to carrying on as a stretcher bearer, volunteered and acted as a runner at a most critical time when the regular service had been exhausted.  At a great personal risk he went to the assistance of an advanced party whom he saw buried by a shell, and although exposed to shell and machine gun fire, persistently persevered in unearthing them, dressed the wounded and personally supervised their evacuation.

AFW 3121  28-8-17

Below is from the August 1917 War Diary of the 21st Battalion



Nov 12, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 29, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Jan 12, 1918

Presented with his Military Medal on parade at Westrehem France, by Lieut General Sir Arthur Currie, KCB, KCMG.


Mar 3, 1918

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunneling Company


Mar 10, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from attachment


Mar 31, 1918

Granted permission to wear the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 2, 1918

Admitted to No 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a shrapnel wound to right shoulder 

Transferred same day to No 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  Later that day was admitted to No 20 General Hospital


Apr 5, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


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

Admitted to Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham, England


Apr 6, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Gravesend


May 28, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom 

Granted Medical Leave until June 8, 1918.  Address while on leave – YMCA Edinburgh


Jun 14, 1918

Discharged from hospital and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jul 26, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl with pay


Mar 12, 1919

Posted to MD #1 at Rhyl, Kinmel Park, pending return to Canada


Mar 23, 1919

Embarked the HMTS Empress of Britain at Liverpool


TOS No 1 District Depot (London Ontario)


Mar 31, 1919

Disembarked at Saint John New Brunswick


Apr 2, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 80973

Ø      Rank on discharge Acting Lance Cpl


Jan 30, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Box 421 Aylmer Ontario


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