William Robert Leach, MM



Jul 20, 1891

Born at Somersetshire England


Nov 12, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59574 (temporary number 200)

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Leach (mother) of Victoria Cottage, Staverton, Gloucester 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


Jun 2, 1915

Admitted to Moore Barracks hospital at Shorncliffe with a diagnosis of Gonorrhea


Jun 21, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 17, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company


Sep 2, 1915

Posted from the Depot Company to “C” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Apr 9, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) suffering from Shell Shock, and transferred same day to No 4 CFA DRS (Divisional Rest Station) 

During the fighting at St Eloi, he was knocked unconscious by a series of shell explosions.  After regaining consciousness, he rejoined the fighting and the same thing happened a second time and he was evacuated with severe head pain


Apr 10, 1916

Transferred to No 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and then the same day was transferred via No 43 AT (Ambulance Train) and Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne


Apr 17, 1916

Discharged to the Marlborough Details Camp


May 4, 1916

Discharged to duty


May 6, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


May 13, 1916

Admitted to the Divisional Rest Station at Mont de Cats with diagnosis reading Neurasthenia (shell shock) 

He was still suffering from feinting spells and severe headaches.  This is a result of the concussion received April 9 at St Eloi


May 20, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Boulogne  

Dr reports that patient suffers from continuous spasmodic convulsive movements and altogether in extreme condition of nervousness


May 26, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St George


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


May 27, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Western General Hospital at Cardiff


Jul 3, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Jul 29, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital at Buxton


Feb 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Feb 4, 1917

Reported for duty at CCAC Hastings


Feb 6, 1917

On Command to Garrison Duty at the CCAC Depot


Feb 13, 1917

Married at the Parish Church in Staverton England to Winifred Elizabeth Turner


Mar 10, 1917

Admitted to Canadian Military Hospital at Hastings with a diagnosis of Shell Shock 

Suffers from pain in back, head and both arms. 

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Mar 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Apr 9, 1917

On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at St Leonard’s Hospital


Apr 16, 1917

On Command to Garrison Duty Company at St Leonard’s Hospital


May 8, 1917

Ceases to be On Command to Garrison Duty Company


Nov 15, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 6, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Mar 29, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 12, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 8, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CCS and transferred via No 34 AT with wounds to left leg


Aug 9, 1918

Admitted to No 3 General Hospital at Rouen


Aug 25, 1918

Transferred to No 3 Convalescent Depot


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to No 13 Convalescent Depot at Trouville 

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30873



Sep 3, 1918

Discharged to Base Depot


Sep 6, 1918

Arrived at CIBD and posted to “A” Company for recuperating soldiers


Sep 11, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


Sep 14, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Nov 11, 1918

Shown on the Nominal Roll of “C” Company


Nov 28, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl to replace L/Cpl Wells, 210941, who had reverted to rank of Pte 


Mar 6, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre


disembarked in England and proceeded to the Canadian Embarkation Camp at Witley and posted to “P” Wing


Apr 20, 1919

Proceeded to 2nd CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at London for discharge from the CEF in England


Apr 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London England 

Proposed residence on discharge – Pleasant Bungalow, Gloster Rd, Staverton, Cheltenham, Gloucester, England



1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Barn Farm Cottage, Staverton England 

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