BULL, LESLIE FRANK

Birthdate
Birthplace
Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Age
19
Parents
Son of Frank and Barbara May Bull, of Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Religion
Church of England
Occupation
Student
Service number
K/48754
Engagement
1942-12-10
Disembarked
1944-07-03, France
Date of death
1944-10-24
Died
Netherlands, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Royal Winnipeg Rifles, R.C.I.C.
Plot 1 | Row A | Grave 12

"CHRIST SHALL CLASP THE BROKEN CHAIN CLOSER WHEN WE MEET AGAIN"

Military grave
Additional info

1942-12-14
A tall, rather slight pleasant soldier who has just turned 18. He enlisted voluntarily and chose R.C.A. (Royal Canadian Artillery) because his father was in it in the last war. He has a good educational background and high ability, but not along mathematical lines. He would probably find progress more rapid in Inf. (R) than R.C.A. He feels fit, is doing well in basic training and shows every indication of making a good solider.

1943-02-02
Recommend transfer to Inf. (R) as Non-tradesman.
Should be observed for possible promotion and he also has a distinct preference for a B.C. (British Columbia) regiment possibly Seaforth Highlanders.

1943-02-20
This man has changed his mind as far as Seaforth Highlanders are concerned and now wants to be considered for the paratroops. He is a clean cut attractive soldier - rather light for height but he claims he is this way by heredity and has always been fit and robust. He has done a good deal of hunting and roughing it in the bush and is not afraid of the commando aspect of the paratroop work.
Provided he can pass to M.O. he seems like a good prospect for the paratroops.
A.G. Burns, Captain

1943-06-10
I was riding in a Universal carrier at the above camp (Long Branch). The carrier stopped and when I went to get out over the side I caught my foot and fell twisting my leg. This occurred at approximately 1200 hrs. 10th. June 43. L.F. Bull, Private
(Transverse fracture middle shaft rt. tibia and fibula.)

The Royal Winnipeg Rifles war diary reports on August 28, 1944: North-West Zeeuws Vlaanderen, Netherlands.
Cloudy and cool. Visibility por. "B" Coy continued their attack on the village Boerenhol (0717). Every house was strongly defended and progress was slow. By 1800 hrs the village was cleared of living enemy troops and the advance towards Groede continued. "A" Coy were held up by enemy shelling until late in the afternoon when some progress was made in the face of concentrated machine gun fire and at the end of the day forward elements of the Coy held the area of 072164 (Schoondijkseweg, Netherlands). "C" Coy moved to road junction 085153 (Rijksweg N676 / Krabbedijk, Netherlands) at 0930 hrs and started an advance to the enemy dugouts and slit trenches containing machine gun nests. Progress was made in the face of bitter frontal opposition as well concentrated automatic fire from the left flank. Every house and dugout had to be dealt with individually but at the end of the day the Company held the road junction at 076149 (Torenweg / Krabbedijk, Netherlands). Battalion Command Group moved to 098167 (field Schaapweg / Platteweg / Buijzenpolderdijk) at 0715 hrs and to 086169 (Buijzenpolderdijk, close to Rijksweg N676) at 1700 hrs. Rear Battalion HQ moved to 098167 at the same time. Lt-Col L.R. Fulton, DSO (Distinguished Service Order), attended a Bde O Gp at 1845 hrs and held a Bn O Gp at 2000 hrs. Many casualties had been suffered during the day including "A" Coy command, Captain W.J. Saul. 60 prisoners from 1037 Gren Regt and 1 Parachute Bn were captured.