Leonard Hailstone, MM



Jan 10, 1897

Born to Arthur and Emily Jane (nee Johnson) Hailstone at Carling Ontario


Oct 20, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number 246726

Ø      Next of kin given as Arthur Hailstone (father) of Carling Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jan 18, 1917

The Battalion embarked a train and proceeded to Nova Scotia


Jan 20, 1917

The Battalion detrained at Amherst Nova Scotia and set up camp there to complete their training


Mar 13, 1917

Admitted to the Highland View Hospital at Amherst Nova Scotia diagnosed with Measles


Apr 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Seaford Camp.  On arrival, the Battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion and Pte Hailstone was 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 Etaples France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

Left 2 CIBD to join the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Villers Au Bois


Oct 9, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the front line trench in the Chaudier Section.  Pte Hailstone would have joined the Rear Detail that contained the Transport Section and others who were detailed to the rear.  The Battalion came out of the front line the next day and the Rear Detail joined the main Battalion at the Suburban Camp, near Villers Au Bois


Jan 31, 1918

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Scabies


Feb 7, 1918

Discharged to duty from the Field Ambulance and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Sep 22, 1918

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Harris 454972, who had been invalided to England wounded


Nov 12, 1918

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 22, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion marched across the Rhine River at the Bonn Bridge and became part of the Occupying Force at Seigburg Germany


Feb 26, 1919

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade HQ for duty


Mar 6, 1919

Rejoined the Battalion from Attachment 

The Battalion was in billets at Ham-Sur-Sambre Belgium


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre France


Disembarked in England and proceeded to Witley


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 279904

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Carling Ontario, but this was changed to read Parry Sound Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31430



Jul 12, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Snug Harbour Ontario 

Following the war he married Dorcas Milligan, however I could not find the date for this 

Note that his birth wasn’t registered until July 11, 1955.  I would assume that this was done in order to obtain either a birth certificate, or a passport.  In March of 1955, a summary of his service was also requested.



Died at Parry Sound Ontario

Carling Cemetery, Parry Sound ON

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