Leslie Gregson

Jan 28, 1890

Born in Castle On Tyne, England to Thomas and Ann (nee Baptist) Gregson


Feb 1, 1910

Married to Mary Ann Arkless Bramwell in Gateshead, Durham, England


May 30, 1912

Embarked the SS Corsican in Liverpool with his wife Mary Ann



Jun 9, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario to seek employment as an Engineer


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59390 (temporary number 1054)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mary Ann Gregson, wife, 262 Wellington St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Fitter with the Kingston Locomotive Company

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 3rd Northumberland Regiment in England

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot 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


Aug 28, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Sep 11, 1915

Forfeited 4 day’s pay for being absent for 4 days


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Sep 10, 1916

While moving into a trench, Private Gregson tripped and fell, injuring his groin.  He was evacuated and admitted to the No. 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a Hernia and transferred the same day to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


Sep 21, 1916

Transferred to the No. 22 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers, France

There was no date recorded for his discharge from hospital


Oct 22, 1916

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company


Nov 30, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance then transferred to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Pyrexia.  This was later changed to read PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), often referred to as Trench Fever


Dec 23, 1916

Transferred to the No. 7 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Dec 24, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle



On arrival in England he was admitted to the County of Middlesex War Hospital in Napsbury, St. Albans

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


Jan 12, 1917

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Jan 15, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom with a diagnosis that reads Trench Fever


Jan 29, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for rehabilitation at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Feb 11, 1917

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


Feb 15, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Machine Gun Corps in Crowborough


Mar 30, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 9, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne with problems with his Hernia


Apr 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Jun 12, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Jul 7, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jul 18, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Aug 1, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Aug 8, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec City notes

Ø  Man is suffering from DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart) and a small Hernia

Ø  The Hernia is supported by a truss

Ø  His heart action is irregular

Ø  Board recommends 4 months in convalescent care then surgery


Sep 1, 1917

Transferred to the Special Service Battalion in Kingston and posted to the #3 Special Service Company


Sep 8, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Nov 6, 1917

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Man suffers from Disordered Activity of the Heart, a Hernia, Rheumatism and Nephritis

Ø  All problems caused by his service at the front

Ø  Complains of dizzy spells

Ø  Suffers from pain in ankles, shins and knees in damp weather

Ø  Board recommends hospital care for observation

Ø  Man requests to refuse treatment


Dec 1, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario “on Compassionate Grounds”

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 556 King St., Kingston, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 38 Clarence St., Kingston, Ontario


Sep 26, 1930

Leslie Gregson died at home, 38 Clarence St., Kingston, of a heart blockage.  This was determined to be as a result of his active service while serving with the 21st Battalion and was interred in the Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston


Because his death was attributed to his wartime service, the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Mary Gregson, 78 North St., Kingston, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Nancy Gregson, 144 Derwentwater Road, Gateshead On Tyne, England


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