Frederick Charles Leggett

3310383, Private Frederick Charles Leggett, age 35
50th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Died 02 September 1918

Private 3310383 50th Btn Canadian Infantry. Frederick Charles Leggett died 2 Sep 1918 aged 35.

 

Born 4 Feb 1883 in Ufford, Suffolk, one of eleven children of David Leggett & Sarah nee Ling.  In 1901 living with his brother Harry and his wife and children at Pitt Cottages in Walton, working as a farm labourer. By 1911 Harry and family have moved to 115 King Street, but Frederick is now living in Devon working as a labourer on the railway. He emigrated to Canada in June 1913.

 

Frederick received his call up papers on 16th January 1918 , having already completed is medical in December 1917. He embarked for England on 7th March 1918, arriving on the 18th, where he joined the 8th Reserve. He joined the 102nd Battalion on the 18th August 1918 arriving in France on the 20th. Frederick transferred to the 50th Battalion on the 26th August. They joined the Second Battle of the Somme which had started on the 21st August. On the 2nd of September the Canadian Corps seized control of the Drocourt-Queant Line, heavy German casualties were inflicted & over 6000 taken prisoner. Canada's losses amounted to 5,600 including Frederick. He is buried at Dury Crucifix Cemetery, Pas de Calais

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Dury Crucifix Cemetery

Canadian Infantry

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German barbed wire defences at Queant in the Hindenburg Line 4th October 1918. (Canadian Official Photographer)