Leonard Carman

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 1, 1893

Born to John Henry and Margaret Ann (nee Leonard) Carman in Madoc, Ontario


Dec 29, 1916

Attested into the 254th Battalion in Madoc, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093199

Ø      Next of kin given as John Carman, father, Eldorado, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival in Seaford, the entire battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion.


Nov 14, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements for the front, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Nov 17, 1917

Left the No. 2 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 in the front line trenches in the Acheville sector.


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty.


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the Engineers


Apr 1, 1918

On the night of April 1-2, Private Carman received multiple shrapnel wounds during an enemy artillery barrage.


Apr 2, 1918

In the early morning hours he was admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.

He was quickly transferred to the No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Doullens, where he died of his wounds.

Doullens Communal Cemetery
Somme France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, John Carman, Eldorado, Ontario.

There was no Memorial Cross issued.


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