Saturday 23 October 2010

Private Leonard James McConnell

Born on 4 September 1898 in Leeds, England[?] - son of P.J. McConnell, Lyndhurst, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1917: present address in Lyndhurst, Ontario; trade as school teacher; single; no current military service; previously served with high school cadets (three years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 4 inches; chest of 31.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 73rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, CEF, in Kingston, Ontario, on 15 February 1917 (number 343994) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 11 or 12 July 1917 - killed in action on 1 November 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10-18-26-28), Belgium.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Peter Gower (comp.), Kingston Volunteers: The Thing To Do (Kingston: n.p., 2008), p.100)

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