John Leondard English


Jul 23, 1897

Born at Douglas, Renfrew County, Ontario


Nov 6, 1916

Attested into the 240th Battalion at Renfrew Ontario 

Ø      Number 1042324

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr James English (father) of Douglas Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


Apr 16, 1917

Will made out leaving estate to his father, James English, of Douglas Ontario


May 3, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 14, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 7th Reserve Battalion


Sep 12, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Oct 8, 1917

Joined the 2nd CDR (Canadian Depot Reserve) Battalion (2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion)


Oct 18, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field

The Battalion was in billets at Ourton France


Nov 4, 1917                   Killed in action


Because his body was never identified, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

From the Battalion’s War Diary 


Jul 27, 1920

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following medals were sent to his father, Mr J English, at Douglas Ontario 

British War Medal

Victory Medal



There was no Memorial Cross issued as he was single, and his mother was deceased 



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below is the name of John English being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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