Frederick Leonard

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Private

Service No:           25857

Unit:                     14th Bn. Canadian Infantry

 Frederick was born in Bristol in 1885.  He was the 4th child of Frederick & Sarah Leonard. In 1891 he was living with his parents and siblings at 97 Paxtor Place, Bristol; his father was a General Shop Keeper.  By 1901 the family can be found resident at Camden House, Whitehall Road, Bristol; Fred’s father’s occupation now recorded as House & Estate Agent. On the 1911 census Frederick Leonard senior, now a retired chandler, are living at 3 Glebe Road St George, Bristol. Fred junior is no longer living with them and no record can be found on other UK censuses. There are records of a F Leonard, born 1885/6, on a passenger lists of people leaving the UK from Liverpool bound for Quebec Canada in 1908 & 1911. As Frederick can be found in a Canadian Regiment it is probable that this was our man.

The 14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment), CEF was authorized on 1 September 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 27 and 29 September 1914. It disembarked in France on 15 February 1915, where it fought as part of the 3rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion disbanded on 15 September 1920.

Frederick died on 29th April 1915 and is remembered with honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 24-26-28-30. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is a war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I and whose graves are unknown.

Image by Doug Crew

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

UK Passenger Lists

1891,1901 & 1911 census