Private John McLeod

Private John McLeod served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War one. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Typical WW1 medasl trio


He was born on October 11, 1883 in Stornoway, Scotland.

He enlisted with the 48th Infantry Battalion on March 31, 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia, he named his next-of-kin as his father, J. McLeod of Stornoroy.

He stated that he had previous military service with the 88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers, that he was not married and that his trade as that of Blacksmith.

The 48th Battalion sailed July 1, 1915 aboard the R.M.S. Grampian, arriving in England on July 10th.

He was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Brigade on October 15, 1915 for service in the French theatre and placed with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles on January 2, 1916 in France. McLeod was wounded at the Battle of St. Eloi, suffering severe shrapnel wounds to his right forearm and admitted to No. 4 General Hospital at Camiers on April 11th. After three days, he was invalided wounded to England on the 14th and admitted to Kitchener Hospital in Brighton on the 15th, then transferred to the Canadian Division Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on June 8th.

After two months hospitalization in France and England, he was discharged on July 12th and transferred to the 35th Reserve Battalion. He saw another transfer, this time to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot at Crowborough on August 13, 1916, before being transferred to the Machine Gun Pool on February 7, 1917.

He arrived in France the following day and joined his new unit, the 13th Machine Gun Company in the field on the 14th. He was wounded at Vimy, suffering shrapnel wounds to both arms and shrapnel fragments in his left knee on May 3, 1917. He was admitted to No. 10 Stationary Hospital at St. Omer on May 5th, subsequently invalided to England one week later, and admitted to Military Hospital at Bagthorpe, Nottingham on May 12th. After two months treatment, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bearwood at Wokingham on July 14th, then discharged four weeks later on August 11th and posted to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot at Hastings. The knee continued to bother McLeod, as fragments remained embedded in his knee. He was admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital at Eastbourne on August 30th, where an attempt was made to rectify the situation. A month later, he was discharged on September 29th and returned to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot.

On January 1, 1918 he was posted to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot . In his Proceedings of a Medical Board document, dated April 18, 1918 at Seaford, Sussex, it noted the fragments of shrapnel in his left knee that were causing swelling and tenderness, with the doctor noting that McLeod “complains of pain in the left knee”. In another report, it noted that there was a “foreign body in (his) left knee joint” on November 18, 1918 and that he was somehow declared “Fit for Duty”. McLeod was attached to the Canadian Discharge Depot at Buxton for return to Canada, sailing on December 7, 1918 and later taken on strength at District Depot, Military District No. 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated January 16, 1919 at New Westminster, British Columbia, it was noted that there was a “Foreign body in (the) left knee joint causing slight pain and stiffness in (the) joint.” It was recommended the he declared “Medically unfit.”

It also stated that he was now married to Mary McLeod of Vancouver. He was discharged by reason of “Medical Unfitness” on January 29, 1919 at District Depot, Military District No. 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, credited with having served in France with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

He died on January 14, 1950, at the age of 66

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