Leonard Elliott Etheridge

Oct 6, 1890

Born in London, England to Henry and Mary (nee Elliott) Etheridge


May 30, 1912

Embarked the SS Corsican in Liverpool



Jun 9, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59305 (temporary number 1001)

Ø  Next of kin given as Albert Etheridge, Laurentian View PO, Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Printer

Ø  Previous military service given as RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) English Territorials

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Later posted to No. 10 Platoon, “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Etheridge received a bayonet wound to his right thigh and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Sep 16, 1916

Transported via the No. 25 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France where a wound to his right hand is also recorded


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery


Oct 8, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Oct 16, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Etheridge rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Divion, France and was employed as a Stretcher Bearer


Nov 15, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 15, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 1, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 11, 1917

Granted an extension of his leave until June 15


Jun 16, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 13, 1917

Transferred to the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters to employed as Batman to Captain Captain SL Cunningham


Jan 25, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 9, 1918

Granted extension of his leave until February 16


Mar 20, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Division Headquarters to be employed as Batman to Captain Captain SL Cunningham


Aug 27, 1918

Private Etheridge was with Captain Cunningham in a staff car proceeding along the Arras-Cambrai road when an artillery shell exploded a few feet in front of the car that killed Captain Cunningham.  Private Etheridge was not seriously wounded


Dec 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 17, 1919

Proceeded to England


Mar 17, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Mar 24, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Mar 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 230792

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 329 Cambridge St., Ottawa, Ontario


Jun 23, 1923

Married to Isabel Jones in Montreal, Quebec


Sep 27, 1946

Leonard Elliott Etheridge died in Montreal, Quebec


From the Montreal Gazette
Courtesy of Jim Busby

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