A Casualty Group to the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles
Casualty Group to Acting Sergeant Herbert Leonard, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles - British War Medal (106357 A. SJT. H. LEONARD. 1-C.M.R.); and Memorial Cross, George V (106357 A/SGT. H. LEONARD). Naming is officially impressed on the BWM and officially engraved on the MC. Un-mounted, light contact and surface wear, very fine. Accompanied by his Silver War Badge (silver, numbered "C51592" on the reverse, 33 mm, vertical pinback), along with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Will. Footnote: Herbert Shaw Leonard was born in February 29, 1884 in Withernsea, Yorkshire, England, the son of Thomas Leonard and Agnes Rosalie Leonard. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment), on December 29, 1914 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, at the age of 30, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Nora Kathleen Leonard (nee Cordery) of Saskatoon (later Detroit, Michigan), stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Farmer. The Battalion was organized on March 15, 1915 in Brandon, Manitoba and while at Brandon, Leonard was named Lance Corporal on April 23, 1915. The Battalion was soon in the United Kingdom, embarking for service in the French theatre on September 21st, arriving there the next day. Five months later, he was admitted to No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance with a "Polypus" (tumor) on February 23, 1916 and discharged to duty with his unit the next day. He sought hospitalization six and a half weeks later, as he was admitted to No. 23 General Hospital at Etaples with a "Nasal Obstruction" on April 10th. He was invalided to England, where he was admitted to the Duchess of Connaught's Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Taplow on the 16th, then transferred to the West Cliff Canadian Eye & Ear Hospital at Folkestone on July 10th, where a successful operation was performed on his nose, allowing him to breath freely. Upon discharge from Folkestone, he was posted to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot, then transferred to the 11th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe onAugust 12th. Three weeks later, Leonard was transferred overseas, returning to the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles on September 3, 1916. Two weeks after his arrival in France, he was admitted to No. 39 General Hospital at Le Havre with "N.Y.D." (Not Yet Determined) on September 18th. His records do not indicate what illness he had but whatever it was, he was hospitalized for three weeks, before being discharged on October 9th and returned to his unit on the 16th. He was named Corporal on October 24, 1916 and Acting Sergeant on November 17, 1916. Leonard was Killed in Action on December 31, 1916, at the age of 32 and is buried in Louez Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France (four kilometres north-west of Arras), Grave Reference: III. E. 3. He is commemorated on page 118 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. His widow, Nora Leonard, received his British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Scroll and Plaque, along with his Memorial Cross. By 1920, his mother had passed away, so both crosses were sent to his widow. In his Will, dated May 28, 1915 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, he left the whole of his estate and effects to his wife, Nora.