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Private Emmett Bernard McLeod   In   early   November,   1918,   in   what   was   to   be   the   dying   days   of   World   War   I,   the   85th   Battalion   Canadian   Infantry   (the   Nova   Scotia   Highlanders),   part of   the   12th   Canadian   Brigade,   4th   Canadian   Division   pushed   against   the   rear-guard   of   the   retreating   German   army.         The   advance   was   difficult   with   heavy fighting and resistance.  Emmett McLeod a Private in the 85th Highlanders has been in the firing line seven weeks. On   November   4,   the   battle   line   was   pushed   forward   about   two   miles   by   the   4th   Canadian   Division.   The   village   of   Onnaing   and   the   western   part   of Rombies   fell   after   severe   fighting.      The   4th   Division   continued   its   attack   on   November   5,   and   clearing   Rombies   and   the   southern   part   of   Quarouble, crossed   the   River   Aunelle   River   between   Rombies   and   Marchipont.      The   German   army   fought   with   great   stubbornness   in   an   attempt   to   prevent   the crossing.  But, with this advance the first troops of the Canadian Corps crossed into Belgian territory.   On   the   morning   of   November   6th      at   5.30   in   the   morning,   on   instructions   from   Brigade   Headquarters      and   in   conjunction   with   the   78th   Battalion   on the   left   and   the   102nd      Battalion   on   the   right,   an   attack   was   launched   by   "A"and   "B"   Companies   of   the   85th.   The   goal   was   the   capture   of   Fosse   No.   2,   the town of Quievrechain, with the Aunelle River as the objective with bridgeheads to be established across the river in Belgium. Machine   guns   from   the   4th   Canadian   Machine   Gun   Corps   and   Vickers   guns   from   the   Motor   Machine   Gun   Corps   were   attached   directly   under   the orders of the Battalion. "C" Company was in support and "B" in Battalion reserve. The   attack   took   place   on   a   four-platoon   frontage   under   cover   of   a   heavy   rolling   barrage.      "A"'   Company   met   stiff   opposition   at   Fosse   No.   2   and   sent two   platoons   to   the   right   and   two   to   the   left   of   it,   enveloping   the   Grassier   and   Fosse   buildings.   After   severe   fighting,   both   hand-to-hand   and   bombing, they cleared the German soldiers from the area and at 6.30 advanced toward Quievrechain. "D"   Company   on   the   left,   in   the   face   of   strong   opposition cleared Quievrechain of the enemy, having gained all objectives at 7.21 a.m.  Posts   were   pushed   forward   across   the Aunelle   River   along   the   line   of   the   Honnelle   River,   in   Belgian   terrirory.   Severe   artillery   and   machine   gun   fire was   encountered   during   the   day,   but   the   artillery   was   brought   to   bear   and   the   enemy   machine   gun   fire   reduced. The   six   inch   Newtons   were   brought   up   to engage   a   German   sniping   gun   that   was   causing   some   trouble;   but   before   they   could   be   placed   in   position   the   offending   gun   had   been   withdrawn.   The Newtons,   however,   pounded      other   targets.   The   Vickers   guns   kept   up   a   harassing   fire   all   along   the   line,   and   were   very   effective   in   covering   the bridgeheads on the different company's frontage. The   advance   achieved   important   progress.   The   villages   of   Marchipont,   Baisieux,   and   the   southern   portion   of   Quievrechain   were   taken   by   the 4th.Canadian Division.  During   this,   the   last   operation   of   the   war   in   which   the   85th   Battalion   took   part,   the   casualties   were   comparatively   heavy.      Lieutenant   Lantz,   and   14 other ranks were killed, and 3 officers and 27 other ranks wounded. The   2nd   Canadian   Division   relieved   the   4th   Canadian   Division   during   the   night   of   November   6   and   7.     The   4th   Division   were   withdrawn   to   rest   in   the Anzin-Aubry area, just west of Valenciennes. It   was   in   the   heavy   fighting   and   chaos   of   the   battle   on   November   6,   in   the   face   of   the   enemy   artillery   fire,   machine   gun   fire,   exploding   shells   and hand to hand fighting that Emmett McLeod severely injured was taken from the battlefield to the battalion aid station.  He did not survive the injuries. Emmett   was   born   on   March   28th,   1895   Town   Road   in   Prince   Edward   Island,   the   son   of   Raymond   and   Jane   McLeod.      He   was   a   painter   by   trade   and was 22 years 9 months old when he was called before the Army Medical Board. He   appeared   before   the   medical   board   in   Summerside   on   October   22,   1917.      His   medical   record   showed   his   height   at   5   feet   7   inches         and   a   weigh of   129   pounds.      His   complexion   was   recorded   as   medium;   his   eye   colour   blue   and   hair   colour   brown.     The   medical   record   displayed   the   spelling   of   his   first name as “Emmet”. He   was   called   to   service   on   February   26,   1918.      His    Regimental   Number   was   3204062.      His Form of Will, dated the same day bequeathed his personal estate to his mother, Jane McLeod.  Emmett   arrived   in   England   aboard   the   troop   ship   SS   Ulua   April   19,   1918.      The   Ulua    was constructed   as   a   passenger   ship   for   the   United   Fruit   Company   and   completed   in   1917.      The   ship was   requisitioned   as   a   British   troopship   and   carried   a   total   of   728   officers   and   15,344   troops   on military voyages.    On   April    24,    1918    he    was    transferred    to    the    85th    Battalion    from    the    17th    Reserve Battalion.   Transfer   orders   were   issued   for   a   transfer   to   the   38th   Battalion   on   Oct   4   and   to   the 112   Battalion   on   Oct   17;   however   both   orders   were   cancelled   and   Emmett   remained   with   the 85th. News   that   Emmett   had   been   killed   in   action   was   received   by   his   parents   on   Thursday,   November   21st   in   a   telegram   from   Ottawa.      The   news   would come as a shock after the armistice of November 11 and his expected arrival home from overseas with the end of the war. Emmett Bernard McLeod is buried in the Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery  Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Plot: I. C. 4.
Private Emmett Bernard McLeod 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Regiment) World War I
From Summerside, Prince Edward Island Newspapers (November 1918)
KILLED IN ACTION Private Emmett Bernard McLeod 1895 - 1918   Another   gallant   Summerside   boy   laid   down his life for freedom and liberty. The   shocking   message   was   received   by   Mr. and    Mrs.    Ray    McLeod,    Summerside    on    Thursday November    21st,    stating    that    their    youngest    son Emmett   Bernard   McLeod   was   killed   in   action   on Nov 6th. The    death    of    Pte.    McLeod's    sister,    Miss Maude   which   occurred   three   months   before   her brother's     death     in     action     makes     a     double bereavement in this home. The    news    caused    a    terrible    shock    in    the home.      After   the   news   of   victory   was   made   known the    terrible    message    was    not    expected    and    his parents were looking to his home coming. Pte.   McLeod   was   twenty-three   years   of   age at   the   time   of   his   heroic   death.   This   hero   was   a painter    by    trade    and    was    one    of    Summerside's valued    citizens    and    a    large    number    of    friends mourn his early death. He     left     home     early     in     March,     was transferred   to   France   in   the   85th   Highlanders   has been in the firing line seven weeks. His    broken    hearted    parents,    one    brother Fred   who   was   wounded   in   September   but   now   is convalescing     in     the     1st     Canadian     Hospital, Cambridge,    England    and    another    brother    Daniel and   Mrs.   Jerry   Doucette,   Lillian   and   Margaret   of Summerside   and   left   to   cherish      the   memory   of one who has fought and died for … humanity.   May he rest in peace
Private Emmett Bernard McLeod A   terrible   shock   came   to   Mr.   and   Mrs. Raymond   McLeod   of   Summerside   on   Thursday, when   even   though   the   cessation   of   hostilities seems    stale    news    now,    they    received    from Ottawa    a    telegram    stating    that    their    son, Private    Emmett    McLeod    had    been    killed    in action on Nov 6th. This    is    the    second    affliction    that    has befallen    them    this    year,    their    daughter,    Miss Maude having passed away last summer. The   late   Private   McLeod   was   a   painter   by trade   and   one   of   the   most   popular   and   valued citizens   of   Summerside   and   only   went   overseas in March last. To    the    bereaved    family    our    heartfelt sympathy is extended.