Burleigh, William Riley: Service no. 124197


Digitized Service Record

Source: Duty Nobly Done Roll of Honour


He was an 18-year-old car conductor when he enlisted in the CEF with the 70th Battalion. He had prior militia experience with the 24th Regiment and attested at Chatham, Ontario on October 21, 1915.

He had a space of absent without leaves during December to April 1916, but the unit sailed for England on April 24, 1916, aboard the SS Lapland.

His service record for England and France shows a clean record and he was transferred to the 18th Battalion and joined the unit on the field on June 15, 1916.

He was wounded by a shell bursting in the billet he was staying in, along with several other members of the 18th Battalion. He would succumb to those wounds.

This man joined the CEF underaged and was held back until he turned 18.

“Died of Wounds” From his service record: Died of wounds received from enemy shell bursting in billet at No. 6 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
Training during the morning. Postponed Church Parade held. About midday (12.40 pm) shell dropped by long range gun struck one of the huts in which H.Q. details and portion of D coy where billeted. 5 ors Killled. 4 ors died of wounds. 35 wounded.

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