John Leach, MM



Sep 1, 1892

Born at Manchester England


Oct 27, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59572 (temporary number 198)

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


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to No 9 General Hospital at Rouen with wounds to thigh


Sep 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Western Australia


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


Sep 25, 1916

Transferred to No 2 Western General Hospital at Manchester


Oct 10, 1916

Transferred to Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital at Uxbridge


Oct 16, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Oct 26, 1916

Placed On Command to the Convalescent Depot at Shoreham


Oct 27, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 11, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Feb 22, 1917

Discharged to duty


Mar 5, 1917

Ceases to be attached and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 6, 1917

TOS the 21st Battalion on arrival at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 17, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 


Aug 23, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl Atkinson 454660 who had proceeded to England after being wounded


Sep 3, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 15, 1917

At duty from leave


Jan 8, 1918

Appointed to CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sgt) to replace CQMS Wilson 60086 who had proceeded to England


Feb 1, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt LA Anderson 405163, who had proceeded to England for a Commission


Apr 15, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to head, and transferred same day to No 29 CCS.  Then transferred same day via No 32 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 5 General Hospital


Apr 17, 1918

Transferred to No 2 Convalescent Depot


Apr 20, 1918

Transferred to No 11 Convalescent Depot


Jun 7, 1918

Discharged to CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and assigned to “A” Company for those recuperating from wounds


Jun 17, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jun 21, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Oct 22, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 12, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31173



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Canadian Embarkation Camp at Witley and attached to “P” Wing pending discharge


Apr 30, 1919

His Military Medal was presented to him on parade at Witley by Brig-Gen R Rennie, CB, CMG, MVO, DSO


May 6, 1919

Posted to “N” Wing pending release


May 20, 1919

Proceeded to 2nd CCD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at London for discharge in the British Isles



1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 113 Carrolltown Rd, Carrolltown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA 

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