Frank Leal

Sep 1, 1895

Born in Coe Hill, Ontario to William Edwin and Mary Jane (nee Holly) Leal


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59575 (temporary number 196)

Ø  Next of kin given as William Edwin Leal, father, 247 Aylmer St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Dec 30, 1914

Admitted to Kingston hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 2, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training




Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Aug 23, 1916

While the battalion was resting in the Quebec Camp near Poperinge, Belgium, Frank Leal fell and sprained his left ankle and was admitted to the No. 12 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Aug 26, 1916

Transferred to the 2nd Division Rest Station


Aug 30, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


Aug 31, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance and rejoined the battalion


Jan 23, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 8, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 15, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade to be employed as a Bomber


Mar 17, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from duty with the 4th Brigade


Dec 24, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 13, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Dec 1, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 25, 1918

Rejoined the battalion in Seigburg, Germany from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England, he was attached to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 18, 1919

Medical exam in Witley notes

Ø  Man suffers from Intercostal Neuralgia

Ø  Condition dates back to October of 1915

Ø  Suffers from attacks of pain on the left side of his chest that last 3-4 days at a time

Ø  When these attacks occur, he feels faint

Ø  This condition is expected to improve in 3 to 6 months


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279995

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 247 Aylmer St., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 247 Aylmer St., Peterborough, Ontario


Aug 16, 1923

Married to Jennie Alfreda Hamilton in Marmora, Ontario


While Frank was serving with the 21st Battalion, he played for the battalion’s
baseball team as a pitcher.  Following the war, he played baseball
for the Deloro, Ontario baseball team and won the OBAA Championship
in 1926




May 13, 1981

Frank Leal died in Marmora, Ontario and was buried in the Legion Plot of the Marmora Protestant Cemetery




Frank and his brother Harold, are both Honoured on the Wall of Honour
in Peterborough, Ontario



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