James Leach



Apr 20, 1894

Born at Manchester England


Oct 27, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59573 (temporary number 199)

Ø      Next of kin given as James Leach (father) of 196 Macclesfield Rd, Macclesfield, Cheshire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


May 8, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Aug 12, 1916

Admitted to CFA (Canadian Field ambulance with a bullet wound to his abdomen.  This damaged both his liver and kidney, as well as other internal damage.  Surgery performed to repair damage.


Aug 15, 1916

Admitted to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and reported to be dangerously wounded


Aug 21, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in Hospital


Aug 22, 1916

Admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to No 9 General Hospital at Rouen


Oct 9, 1916

Transferred to Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital at Uxbridge


Oct 16, 1916

Transferred to Birch Hill Hospital


Oct 28, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 23, 1916

Transferred to the CCTB (Canadian Composite Training Battalion) at Hastings


Jan 9, 1917

Transferred to Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jan 24, 1917

Posted to and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion while being treated as an out-patient


Feb 22, 1917

Discharged from hospital care


Feb 23, 1917

Posted to CCAC and placed On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at St Leonard’s Hospital for duty and physical training


Apr 18, 1917

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother, Mrs James Leach, at 296 Hurdsfield Rd, Macclesfield, England


Apr 19, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 5, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1917

Arrived at 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 22, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Jul 20, 1917

Killed in Action while with the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Although the CWGC shows his death as being on July 20, 1917, the 2nd Entrenching Battalion War Diary records his death as being July 21, 1917, while on a working party on the outskirts of Lens along with Pte CH Donaldson, 636140, Pte J Krampe 412251, and Pte MW Lahey, 640004, all of the 21st Battalion.  According to the Circumstances of Death file it would appear that they were all killed by the same shell explosion.


Dec 20, 1920

The Scroll was sent to his father, James Leach, 296 Hurdsfield Rd, Macclesfield, England.  This was returned.


Apr 18, 1921

British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross sent to his step-mother, Mrs Eliza Leach, at 296 Hurdsfield Rd, Macclesfield, England


Nov 12, 1921

The Scroll was resent to his father at 46 Duke St, Macclesfield, England


Jun 2, 1922

The Plaque (Death Penny) was sent to his father, James Leach, at 46 Duke St, Macclesfield, England 

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