Ernest Hodgson Leslie

Captain Ernest Hodgson Leslie, d. 16th March 1919

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Ernest Hodgson Leslie was born in Wootton Bassett on September 28th 1884, the son of Thomas and Janet Leslie. Thomas and Janet Leslie lived on the High Street in the vicinity of number 61; the exact number is unknown as the family were not referenced in the 1911 census or the house numbering survey. Thomas was an estate clerk.

As a young man Ernest served with 6th Regiment of the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles. Ernest emigrated to Canada in 1913, sailing from Liverpool on the Mauretania. He married Beatrice Cornelia Fraser on 23rd April 1916 in Vancouver. Ernest was a surveyor.

When war broke out Ernest enlisted in Vancouver. He served as a Lieutenant in the 158th Battalion and as a Captain in the 47th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment. In the meantime his parents settled at Hawthorne Lodge, Latchford, Warrington. His wife returned to England and lived nearby at 31 Grappenhall Road, Stockton Heath, Warrington.

Ernest died of illness contracted on active service, in Fazakerley Hospital, Liverpool, on the 16th March 1919, age 34. He is buried at St Thomas, Stockton Heath, Cheshire, grave reference: 1462.

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