Harold "Alfred" Edwin Leal

Aug 2, 1893

Born in Tweed, Ontario William Edwin and Mary Jane (nee Holly) Leal


Oct 24, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59576 (temporary number 541)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. WE Leal, mother, 247 Aylmer St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Painter

o   Later noted as Moulder

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

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


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


Jul 28, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 11, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 24, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


May 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance before being transferred to the No. 2 Australian General Hospital in Boulogne, France


May 16, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Torquay

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 21, 1917

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital where the diagnosis was changed to read Trench Fever

On admission he was noted as suffering from pain in hips, knees and shins.  Also suffers from headaches in the mornings and is almost deaf in right ear.  Hearing exam shows that he is suffering from Otitis Media, an inflammation of the middle ear


Jul 11, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 16, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 17, 1918

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


Mar 20, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Apr 3, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Harold Leal rejoined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches south-east of Agny, France


Nov 19, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and was transported to the No. 4 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then transferred to the No. 57 Casualty Clearing Station


Nov 21, 1918

Transferred via the No. 21 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 4 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Nov 24, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


Nov 28, 1918

After being discharged from the convalescent depot, Harold Leal joined the No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot in Etaples and was posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Dec 8, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Aubin St. Vaast


Jan 15, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 7, 1919

Rejoined the reinforcement camp from leave


Feb 22, 1919

Granted permission to marry.  This was granted after the wedding, as he was married in Scotland while on leave


Mar 10, 1919

Next of kin changed to read Mrs. Mary L. Leal, wife, 16 Coursington Road, Motherwell, Scotland


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre


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


Jun 6, 1919

Transferred to “H” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Jul 2, 1919

Attached to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Aug 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool with his wife Mary



Aug 12, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Aug 14, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 321349

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


Sep 18, 1920

Entered the USA at Cape Vincent, New York with his wife Mary, with the intention of taking up residence in Oswego, New York

By 1934 he had returned to Canada and was living in Walkerville, Ontario, now part of Windsor and was employed by General Motors in Windsor.


Harold Leal in honoured on the Wall of Honour in Peterborough, Ontario
with his brother Frank




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