Leo Murphy

Aug 10, 1895

Born in Dublin, Ireland to Michael and Bridget Murphy


Oct 5, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Renfrew, Ontario

His current address was given as the British Hotel, Renfrew, Ontario


Jan 17, 1918

Conscripted into the 2nd Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Ottawa, Ontario under the MSA

Ø  Number 3320197

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. B. Murphy, mother, 4 Clonmore Terrace, Ballybough Road, Dublin, Ireland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 months in the RIR (Royal Irish Regiment) Special Reserves

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Assigned to the 1st Regimental Draft


Feb 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Feb 24, 1918

Disembarked in Glasgow, Scotland and proceeded to Seaford, England where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Mar 15, 1918

Reported to be AWL at Reveille


Mar 22, 1918

Reported for duty at 5.15 pm

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment #2, and forfeited a total of 23 days pay for his absence


Jun 10, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

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


Jun 17, 1918

Left the base depot and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast.  From here he proceeded to join the 21st Battalion at the front and was assigned to “D” Company


Aug 26, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on Monchy-le-Preux, Private Leo Murphy was killed by enemy shell fire.  He was given a battlefield burial in a field south of Arras.  Following the war his remains were exhumed by the Imperial Graves Registration Commission and reburied in the Wancourt British Cemetery, Wancourt, France.


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Bridget Murphy, 4 Clonmore Villas, Ballybough Road, Dublin, Ireland

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