Lionel Hannemann
aka Albert Leslye

Aug 4, 1896

Born in Rochester, New York, USA to William and Mary Hannemann


Jul 6, 1917

Attested into the CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) Military District #3 Training Depot in Cornwall, Ontario

Ø  Number 2098919

Ø  Next of kin given as Miss D.A. Muth, friend, 601 Kenyon St., Washington, D.C., USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Anglican

Following his attestation, he proceeded to Kingston, Ontario for training with the Queen’s University Contingent

On attesting, he lied about his age, stating that he had been born in 1895 in New York City, and he gave the false name of Albert Leslye.  His true name was not discovered until after his death


Aug 10, 1917

Embarked for England


Aug 23, 1917

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the CAMC Depot in Westenhanger


Sep 18, 1917

Transferred to the 7th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Feb 15, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 84 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Hannemann (Leslye) joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France as part of a draft of 98 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion at the front


Apr 12, 1918

Private Hannemann (Leslye) left the reinforcement camp and joined the 21st Battalion rear details near Mercatel, France and was assigned to “D” Company


Apr 14, 1918

He was sent forward to join his company in the front line


Apr 16, 1918

Just 2 days after joining the battalion at the front, Private Hannemann (Leslye) was killed by the explosion of an enemy shell in the front line trench at Mercatel.  He was buried in the nearby Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviére, France the following day.  He was originally buried under the surname Leslye, but this was later changed to his real name, that being Hannemann


Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his friend, Miss Dorothy Muth, 601 Kenyon St., Washington, District of Columbia, USA

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, William Hannemann, 996 Joseph Ave., Rochester, New York, USA

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Hannemann, at the same address

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