Leonard "Leon" Frazer MC

Nov 25, 1893

Born at Croydon, Surrey England to James George and Emma Jane (nee Langley) Frazer


Aug 23, 1906

Embarked the SS Kensington with his mother and 5 siblings



Sep 2, 1906

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario to join his father who had come to Canada earlier


Oct 29, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario


Ø  Number 59340 (temporary number 490)

Ø  Next of Kin given as James George Frazer (father) of 594 Indian Road, Toronto

Ø  Previous occupation given as “Accountant”

o   His previous employment was with the Canadian General Electric Company

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter of 1914-15


Dec 4, 1914

Appointed to the provisional rank of Sergeant


Jan 12, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Inflamed Tonsils


Jan 19, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 26, 1915

Granted subsistence allowance to live outside of barracks until May 4, 1915


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


Jun 2, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Tonsilitis


Jun 11, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 6, 1915

Proceeded on course at the Trench Warfare School


Mar 8, 1916

Proceeded to the Cadet School for the Officer’s Course in Saint Omer, France


Apr 23, 1916

Received a commission with the rank of Lieutenant and transferred to the 19th Canadian Infantry Battalion


Apr 29, 1916

Joined the 19th Battalion in the “E” Camp at Reningelst, Belgium


Jun 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and joined the battalion in the “A” Camp at Dikkebus, Belgium and posted to “D” Company


Jun 12, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Aug 6, 1916

Proceeded on the Stokes Gun Course at the Second Army Grenade School in Terdeghem, France


Sep 16, 1916

While the battalion was involved in heavy fighting at the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Lieutenant Frazer was evacuated to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that first read Shell Shock but was later changed to read Neurasthenia.  He was transferred the same day to the Officer’s Rest Station at Warloy, France


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 34 Canadian Field Ambulance and the diagnosis was changed to read NYD (Not Yet Determined).  He was transferred the same day to the No. 29 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and the diagnosis was changed to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Oct 8, 1916

Transferred via the No. 14 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 3 General Hospital in Le Treport, France


Oct 9, 1916

Transferred to the No. 39 General Hospital in Havre, France


Nov 27, 1916

Discharged from hospital and posted to the Canadian Base Depot in Havre and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Dec 13, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Dec 22, 1916

After leaving the entrenching battalion Leonard Frazer rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line west of Lens, France


Dec 31, 1916

Proceeded on course at the Canadian Corps School


Mar 13, 1917

Arrived at the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Apr 15, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux, France


Aug 15, 1917

During heavy fighting at Hill 70 near Lens, France, Leonard Frazer received machine gun bullet wound to his right leg and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further evaluation

Transferred to the No. 20 General Hospital in Camiers, France where surgery was performed to remove the bullet from his leg


Aug 18, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell, London

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted 2 weeks sick leave


Oct 23, 1917

Medical Board in London notes

Ø  Wound is healed

Ø  Patient complains of pain specially when the weather is damp

Ø  Board recommends 1 month service in England before returning to the front

Attached to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom for duty as a Representative


Oct 28, 1917

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford for duty


Nov 6, 1917

Attached to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Military Hospital in Taplow, Buckinghamshire for duty


Dec 3, 1917

Reported to the Canadian Adjutant General in London for duty


Jan 9, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Military Hospital in Hastings for duty


Jan 26, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 30, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


May 7, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France as part of a draft of 4 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


May 28, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Lieutenant Frazer joined the 21st Battalion in reserve near Neuville Vitasse, France


Aug 4, 1918

Appointed to the temporary rank of Captain and placed in Command of “D” Company


Sep 7, 1918

Admitted to the No. 13 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Impetigo. 


Sep 8, 1918

Transferred to the No. 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred via the No. 21 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 25 General Hospital


Sep 29, 1918

Discharged from hospital and proceeded to the Canadian Infantry Base Depot in Etaples, France


Oct 27, 1918

Granted 14 days leave with instructions to rejoin the 21st Battalion on completion of leave

This leave was extended until November 17, 1918 in order to attend Buckingham Palace to receive the award of his Military Cross


Nov 24, 1918

Captain Frazer rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front east of Les Tilleuls, on Vimy Ridge, France


Dec 23, 1918 Captain Frazer and the 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg, Germany

Jan 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #31119



Jan 26, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Captain and this promotion was predated to June 16, 1918 for pay and seniority purposes


Mar 23, 1919

Granted 7 days leave to England in order to gather records for the purpose of compiling a history of the battalion


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre


On arrival in England, he was attached to the Canadian Embarkation Camp in Witley and posted to “P” Wing pending return to Canada

Granted leave until April 11, 1919


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 26, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Captain

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 274 Sherbrooke St., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 543 George St., Peterborough, Ontario


Oct 27, 1921

Married to Helen Greaves in Peterborough, Ontario


Sep 17, 1964

Leonard Frazer died in Toronto, Ontario


Leonard Frazer is honoured on the Wall of Honour in Peterborough, Ontario

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