Bernard "Heinie" Lehberg

Apr 5, 1891

Born in Manchester, England


Mar 15, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario


Ø  Number 59580 (temporary number 59580)

Ø  Next of kin given as Ellis Lehberg, uncle, 9 Sacrement St., Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Jewish

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Feb 2, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Sprain of Abdominal Muscles


Feb 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Jun 22, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Fallen Arches


Jun 23, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


Jun 25, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Dec 12, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jun 16, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Aug 15, 1917

During heavy fighting at Hill 70 near Lens, France, Private Lehberg received shrapnel wounds to his right forearm and was evacuated to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

Reverted to the rank of Private on admission to hospital


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to the 1st South African General Hospital in Abbeville, France


Sep 9, 1917

Discharged to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot in Cayeux, France


Oct 5, 1917

Discharged to the base details in Etaples


Oct 6, 1917

Transferred to the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples


Oct 16, 1917

Medical board classified him as “PB” (Permanent Base) meaning he was not fit for combat duty


Oct 26, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool at the CGBD (Canadian General Base Depot) in Etaples


Nov 1, 1917

Medical Board declares he is fit for full duty and classified him “A”


Nov 6, 1917

Proceeded on leave


Nov 28, 1917

Rejoined the base depot from leave


Dec 4, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Joined the No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot in Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 10, 1917

Left the base depot to rejoin the 21st Battalion


Dec 25, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 13, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 17, 1918

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No. 1 for overstaying his leave


Sep 25, 1918

While the battalion was in the front line at Canal du Nord, there was a trench raid by the Germans and Private Lehberg was wounded when a fragment from a high explosive shell entered his right knee.  He was evacuated to the 2/1 London Field Ambulance for first aid before being transferred to the casualty clearing station for surgery to remove shell fragments and dead bone.


Sep 27, 1918

Transferred to the No. 7 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne, France


Sep 30, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the No. 4 London General Hospital, (The Italian Hospital) Denmark Hill, London

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


Dec 4, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park


Mar 27, 1919

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian General Hospital in Kirkdale


Apr 14, 1919

Embarked in Liverpool to be invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya



Apr 25, 1919

Disembarked in Portland, Maine, USA and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec where he was Taken On Strength Military District No. 4 in Montreal and posted to the Hospital Section


Apr 26, 1919

Admitted to the St. Anne’s Military Hospital, St. Anne de Bellevue, Montreal


Apr 28, 1919

Granted leave until May 12, 1919


May 14, 1919

Radiant heat, massage, gymnastics and muscle function training were ordered to relieve pain and discomfort in his right leg


Jul 24, 1919

Transferred to the Casualty Company in Montreal


Jul 25, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 292493

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number C56657

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge given as 1738A Hutchison St., Montreal, Quebec

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 1155 Winnipeg, Manitoba


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