Richard Lever, MM


Jan 24, 1894

Born at Preston England


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59583 (temporary number 1015)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Alice Lever (mother) of 9 Carr St, Preston England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

o       Later noted as Mechanic

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later organized into “C” 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


Aug 30, 1915

Forfeits 1 day’s pay for absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Apr 27, 1916

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment #1 for  

Ø      Breaking camp whilst under Open Arrest

Ø      Absent from Fatigue (under 6 hours)


Jul 1, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl to replace L/Cpl Pullen, 59815, who had been classified “PB” (Permanent Base)


Sep 15, 1916

Appointed to position of Armourer Cpl and graded for pay as Regimental Cpl


Oct 3, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to right leg and transferred same day to the Divisional Rest Station at No 2 CFA


Oct 7, 1916

Transferred to No 9 CFA 

There is no indication in the file as to when he returned to duty with the Battalion


Nov 9, 1916

Reverted to rank of Pte at his own request


Dec 9, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 22, 1916

At duty from leave


May 9, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA with shrapnel wound to head and transferred the same day to No 12 CFA 

Later determined to have a fractured skull


May 26, 1917

Transferred to Dublin No 83 General Hospital at Boulogne


May 30, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


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


Jun 1, 1917

Admitted to the 4th Scottish General Hospital at Stobhill, Glasgow Scotland


Jun 4, 1917

Doctor’s report states “Speech returned today after patient had violently knocked his foot against the bed.”


Jul 9, 1917             Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30172


Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action.  He entered an enemy tunnel alone with his Officer after a considerable resistance and lively fight with bombs, succeeded in capturing the whole party, in all twenty men.  His conduct has been on all occasions, of the highest character, and an excellent example to the men of his section.

AFW 3121    15-4-17

This was for his actions at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  Below is from the 21st Battalion War Diary:


Below is a personal account recounted in the January 1938 issue of the Communiqué from a soldier who was with him, Pte JJ MacIntosh


Jul 24, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Aug 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Aug 8, 1917

Posted to and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 22, 1917

Posted to EORD


Nov 8, 1917

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Nov 17, 1917

Embarked the RMS Saxonia at Liverpool



Nov 30, 1917

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Dec 14, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec notes: 

Ø      Suffers from headaches and dizziness

Ø      Partial paralysis in right side of body

Ø      Evidence of depressed skull fracture above right ear

Ø      Has only 50% of normal strength in right hand

Ø      Incapacity is rated at 25%


Dec 19, 1917

TOS No 3 Special Service Company at Kingston


Feb 23, 1918

Posted to the #3 CMPC (Canadian Military Police Corps) Detachment at Kingston


May 30, 1918

TOS 3rd Battalion, Garrison Regiment Kingston and placed On Command to #3 CMPC


Dec 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario as Medically Unfit.  Rank on Discharge – A/Sgt



1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 1016 ½ Bank St, Ottawa Ontario 

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