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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Woodman Leonard ’00

Died: April 9, 1917

Lt-Col. E. W. Leonard died of wounds received in action, April 9th, 1917; aged 33. He was struck in the region of the heart by a piece of shell, and survived only long enough to turn over his battery to the second command.

Lt-Col. Leonard was the son of F. E. Leonard, of London, Ontario, and was at U.C.C. from 1899-1900, leaving us for the Royal Military College.

When the war broke out he took charge of the 12th battery, 1st C.E.F. as Major, received the D.S.O. in Dec., 1915, and became Lieut-Colonel  in 1916. He had been recommended to be Brigadier in charge of 4 batteries.

College Times (Christmas 1917) pg. 8


More information about Lieutenant Colonel Edwin Woodman Leonard ’00 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Museum

Sun Media “First World War: Excerpts from the diary of Woodman Leonard”

Death of a Gunner, The First World War Diary of Lt. Col E. Woodman Leonard, DSO — based on letters, diary entries and historical research about the London soldier
by Joe and Nancy Murray
Note: The College Archives holds a copy of this publication.

Western Archives – The Leonard Family Fonds

The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies

The London Gazette

Canada At War

The Royal British Legion – Every Man Remembered