Leo Lepine, MM


Jul 4, 1896

Born at Bryson Quebec


Nov 3, 1916

Attested into the 240th Battalion at Renfrew Ontario 

Ø      Number 1042299

Ø      Next of kin given as Mark Lepine (father) of Renfrew Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Apr 30, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 14, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England at TOS (Taken On Strength) the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Oct 8, 1917

Left CC Rein C to join unit


Oct 9, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and assigned to “C” Company 

The Battalion was in the front line trench in the Chaudier Section, and he would have joined the rear party until the Battalion was moved into billets at Villers Au Bois on October 11.


Dec 15, 1917

On this date he was involved in an incident whereby he accidentally shot Lt GG Bowie while on sentry duty.  Below is the statement that he provided following the shooting.


Thank you to Stephen Nichol for supplying the report


May 5, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Oct 12, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Nov 17, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 25, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave 

There is no explanation as to why he returned early from leave


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Feb 20, 1919

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Scabies


Feb 27, 1919

Discharged to duty


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre France



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked at Southampton and proceeded to the Witley Camp 

TOS “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 6, 1919

Medical report at Witley Camp shows eyesight as 6/12 in each eye.  He stated that he had no vision problems prior to enlistment 

The 6/12 rating is the metric measurement, the equivalent in feet would be 20/40, which is half normal vision


Apr 30, 1919

Presented his Military Medal on parade at the Witley Camp by Brig-Gen R Rennie, CB, CMG, MVO, DSO, GOC 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade


May 13, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 23, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 277421

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Renfrew Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge – Sgt


Aug 26, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Plant Park, Renfrew Ontario



I note that Leo Lapine’s brother, Alexander Lepine, 4020237, was drafted under the MSA and wound up in “A” Company, 21st Battalion, while his cousin, Creal Lepine, 1042300, was also a member of the 21st Battalion


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