CEF Soldier Detail

Private Leopold Delisle
Died: May 21, 1918

Regimental Number:
62218
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
22nd Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
Montreal, Quebec
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Philippe and Victorine (parents); 1768 St. Urbain St, Montreal, QC
Address at Enlistment:
1768 St. Urbain St, Montreal, QC
Date of Birth:
January 28, 1892
Trade or Calling:
labourer
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Montreal, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
April 1, 1915
Age at enlistment:
23
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
34 1/4 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
May 21, 1918
Age at Death:
26
Buried at:
Bellacourt Military Cemetery, France
Plot:
II. J. 6.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 2421-25
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
A. B. Godefroy  For Freedom And Honour?
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 22nd Battalion

When on active service, deserting his majesty's service.  Failed to accompany his platoon into the line on 29 March 1918.  Arrested 5 April 1918 in Camblain l'Abbe.  Prior convictions for refusing to go into the trenches, disorderly conduct in front of the enemy, 12 months imprisonment for stiking an NCO and sixteen other charges for absence and insubordination.  Tried 1 May 1918.  Executed 21 May 1918.

 Son of Philippe and Hectorine Larose Delisle.

 "Those who go to war at the request of their nation do not know the fate that lies in store for them. This was a war of such overwhelming sound, fury and unrelenting horror that few combatants could remain unaffected," said Minister Duhamel. "While we cannot relive those awful years of a nation at peril in total war, and although the culture of that time is subsequently too distant for us to comprehend fully, we can give these 23 soldiers a dignity that is their due, and provide closure to their families."   (The Honourable Ron J. Duhamel, Minister of Veterans Affairs  11 December 2001) 

The Government of Canada has offered an apology and formally announced its regret for this situation. On December 11, 2001, Veteran Affairs Minister, Dr. Ron Duhamel rose in the House of Commons and with sincerity and passion, read the names of those 23 Canadians into the Parliamentary record and announced their names will be written into Parliament Hill's Book of Remembrance. He was whole-heartedly supported by all of Canada's opposition Parties.