401413 Pte. Frank Lesprance

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery



Born in Windsor, Ontario, in September 1883, Frank was single and a baker by trade when he signed on.

Attesting in Windsor, on August 9th, 1915, Frank, stating previous military experience with the 21st Regiment, was orininally assigned to the 33rd Battalion.

However, unlike many of his fellow 33rd Battalion fellows, who were transferred to the 4th CMR at the end of the first week of June, 1916, Frank was transferred nearly two weeks ahead them, on May 26th.

This earlier transfer placed him straight into the front line with the 4th CMR, which sustained large losses (some 176 men in all) in the opening action of the 13 day 'Battle for Mount Sorrel', on June 2nd.

It was in this action that Frank was lost. Unike many that day, Frank's body was subsequently recovered and he now lies at rest, with three fellow 4th CMR men, in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ieper town.

Thanks go to David Kavanagh for the biography. The headstone image was supplied courtesy of 4cmr.com