Capt William Hubert Leir MGC

1884 Oct 12 Born Tiverton, Devon. His father a Lt Col in Somerset LI

1891 census at Coombe Head, Wonham Barton, Bampton

1901 census not in UK census

1903 Sep 1. 3rd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany's), William Hubert Leir, Gent., to be Second Lieutenant.

1904 Mar 26. 3rd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buff's, the Duke of Albany's), Second Lieutenants to be Lieutenants: W. H. Leir.

1905 May 19. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), Lieutenant William Hubert Leir, from 3rd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), in succession to Lieutenant C. H. P. O'Hagan, placed on temporary halfpay.

1907 Dec 25. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), Second. Lieutenant William H. Leir resigns his Commission.

1911 census not on census

1912 Jun 21 Leaves UK for Canada with wife Amy . They are intending to live in Canada. I cannot find the marriage, but there is a later UK divorce.

1914 Nov 12. The following list of provisional appointments of officers for the all Alberta infantry battalion which was submitted by Lieutenant Colonel A. H. Bell officer commanding, to Colonel E. A. Cruikshank, D. O. C., for his approval, has been sanctioned. ....... Lieutenants .... Lieut. W. H. Leir, late 2nd East Kent regiment; All the above appointments are merely provisional and subject to confirmation later. It is understood in military circles that recruiting for the infantry battalion will commence on Monday.

1916 Feb 4. The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). William Hubert Leir (late Canadian Local Forces) to be temporary Lieutenant. Dated

1916 Apr 1. MGC. The undermentioned temp. Capts., from S. Lan. R., to be temp. Capts. 1 Apr 1916, but with seniority from the dates specified. W. H. Leir. 20 Feb. 1916.

1916 Apr 24. His wife Amy tries to cross into USA and seems to have been "debarred". Her husband is "British Army Officer in Cheltenham". The 1916 census of Manitoba gives her as a lodger at 2503, South, South Railway St, Regina, with no other family

1916 Nov 1. MGC. Temp. Capt. W. H. Leir, from S. Lanc. R., to be temp. Capt. 1 Nov. 1916, with seniority 20 Feb. 1916 and to be an Assist. Instr. at M.G. School

1917 Aug 2. Temp. Capt. W. H. Leir to be a Chief Instr.

1918 Jun 25. Temp. Capt. W. H. Leir ceases to be a Chief. Instr.

1920 Mar 27. Temp. Capt. W. H. Leir relinquishes his commission on completion of service, and retains the rank of Capt.

1920 Sep 28 Joined ADRIC with service no 642, posted to J Coy.

1921 May 28. Posted to F Coy

1922 Jan 19. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1927 Sep 24 Arrives in Canada from UK

1927 Oct 12. Arrives back in UK from Canada. His address is North Parade Building, Bath, he is a "tent maker". Travels alone and 3rd class. He is resident in England. Next of kin his sister in Camberley. He has lived in Canada from 1912 to 1914.

1928 Divorce Court File: 8270. Appellant: William Hubert Leir. Respondent: Amy Elizabeth Leir. Co-respondent: James Chalmers. Type: Husband's petition for divorce

1929 Apr/Jun married Alice Wyatt in Bath

1939 Register. He is a Tarpaulin Manufacturer living at 51 Newbridge Road , Bath with wife Alice

1954 Sep 8. Died at Bath