Leonard Goodwin

Sep 30, 1891

Born in Burslem, Staffordshire, England


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion CEF in Hamilton, Ontario

Ø  Number 141330

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. Arthur Goodwin, brother, Bruno PO, Saskatchewan

Ø  Previous occupation given as Press Operator

o   Later noted as a Munitions Worker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

The battalion trained in Camp Niagara, Ontario


Sep 30, 1915

The battalion’s first draft boarded a train for Toronto to make a connection for travel to Montreal


Oct 1, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Montreal, Quebec as part of the battalion’s 1st Draft



Oct 10, 1915

Disembarked in Portsmouth, England and proceeded to West Sandling where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Feb 19, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 649 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 12, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Goodwin joined the 21st Battalion in billets in La Clytte, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on the strongly defended sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Goodwin received a shrapnel wound to his right arm and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the divisional rest station to recover from his wounds


Sep 21, 1916

Admitted to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads VDH (Valvular Disease of the Heart) is added to the diagnosis


Sep 23, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne and ICT (Interconnective Tissue) infection in his right leg is added to the diagnosis


Sep 27, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick



On arrival in England he was admitted to the York House Hospital in Folkestone

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital


Oct 20, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Herne Bay


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital


Feb 16, 1917

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital


Feb 22, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC in Hastings


Feb 24, 1917

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) in Hastings


Mar 10, 1917

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


Mar 26, 1917

Reported to the EORD in Seaford and posted to the Depot Company


Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to the CPC (Canadian Postal Corps) in London


Apr 18, 1917

Assigned as Postal Clerk for the London area


Oct 1, 1918

Fined 2 days pay for being improperly dressed


Jan 21, 1919

Granted 9 days leave with free transportation


Jan 29, 1919

Transferred to the General Depot in Seaford


Mar 29, 1919

Transferred to the General Depot in London


Apr 17, 1919

Attached to the “C” Wing in Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


May 7, 1919

Embarked the SS Celtic in Liverpool



May 15, 1919

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


May 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 211953

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge General Post Office, Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 393 King St., W., Toronto, Ontario


Jan 13, 1950

Leonard Goodwin died in Toronto, Ontario of Coronary Thrombosis and Arteriosclerosis and was buried in the Prospect Cemetery there. 


His death was considered to be a result of his wartime service but no Memorial Cross was issued as he was single and his mother was deceased.

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