First World War: Excerpts from the diary of Woodman Leonard

Woodman Leonard

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Londoner Woodman Leonard commanded an artillery unit in the First World War and kept a daily diary of life on the Western front and during several major battles. The London Free Press is publishing daily excerpts of that diary. The most recent entries are on top, the older entries below.

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Aug. 2, 1914 (London, Ont.)

Had a couple of games of Golf with the Cronyns. War with Germany apparently imminent, as the men from R.C.R. left for Halifax to-night as the regiment is being mobilized there.

Aug. 2, 1915 (Belgium, south of Ypres)

Found one of our guns considerable short. Discussed military matters and some that were not.

Aug. 2, 1916 (Belgium, southeast of Ypres)

Went to railway dug-outs and discussed putting barrage in front . . . as Boche are expected to blow up a mine in that part of our line at any time. Our losses are no heavier than Boche, if as heavy. Got out a rush order for the mine barrage.

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WOODMAN LEONARD 

Born: Nov. 23, 1883

Graduated Royal Military College: 1903

Major, 12th Battery: 1914 to 1916

Distinguished Service Order (DSO): Jan. 14, 1916

Promoted to Lt. Col., 3rd Brigade: June 1916

Died: April 7, 1917 (killed at Vimy Ridge)

Battles included Ypres, The Somme, Vimy Ridge

 


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