DIVISIONAL UNIT: 3rd Canadian Infantry Division
9th Infantry Brigade
58th Battalion - Central Ontario
Canadian Infantry Corps
SERVICE NO: 654425
RESIDENCE: Fordwich – Ontario
DATE OF BIRTH: July 22, 1897
Tara- Arran Township – Bruce County - Ontario
DATE OF DEATH: April 13, 1917 19 years 8 months
CEMETERY: Bois-Carre British Cemetery – Thelus –
Pas de Calais – France
III C 2
MOTHER: Mrs. Margaret McLeod – Fordwich – Ontario.
Occupation: Fireman Religion: Presbyterian
Enlistment: Wroxeter – February 9, 1916 – 161st Huron Battalion
Enlistment Age: 18 years 7 months
The S.S. Lapland and the 161st Battalion departed Canada and arrived in England on November 11, 1916.
Private McLeod transferred to the 58th Battalion on November 27th, went overseas into France on November 29th and joined the 58th Battalion in the field on December 22, 1916.
Private McLeod was killed in action while he was serving with his unit which was based at Villers-au-Bois.
The winds were west at 5 mph with rain.
As the Battalion advanced forward to relieve the 60th Battalion the enemy was quiet but moving was very difficult due to the amount of mud the troops had to go through.
At 9 am patrols sent out from the 60th reported the trenches that once were crawling with the enemy were now empty.
During the night when the relief was in progress it was very dark and during the day 4 men had died with a number more wounded and missing.
The diary of the Brigade indicated they were ordered to advance to the Divisional Outpost line located between north of Vimy Station and La Chaudiere.
At 1 pm both the 58th & 60th Battalions sent out their patrols. The patrols from the 58th Battalion went to Fillip Trench and up to Petit Vimy and at 5:15 pm the 60th Battalion signalled that all was clear and the order was then passed to the other units to advance and occupy Petit Vimy and La Chaudiere.
During the evening of April 13th, the 58th Battalion began moving into place with the order to support the 60th Battalion at the northern Vimy defences and at Flower Trench.