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James Leonard McQuay

In memory of:

Sapper James Leonard McQuay

February 26, 1916

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Engineers


6th Field Coy.

Additional Information


September 18, 1891
Pickering, Ontario


November 27, 1914
Kingston, Ontario

Son of Mr. J. H. and Mrs. C. M. McQuay, of 1203, 11th Avenue South, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 130 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

I. F. 22.


LOCRE CHURCHYARD is located 11.5 Km south west of Ieper town centre on the Dikkebusseweg (N375). From Ieper town centre the Dikkebusseweg is reached via Elverdingsestraat, straight over a roundabout onto J. Capronstraat (for 30 metres), then left along M. Fochlaan. Immediately after the train station, the first right hand turning is the Dikkebusseweg. On passing through the village of Dikkebus the road continues for 6 Km to the village of Loker. The church and churchyard are located at the side of the road in the village of Locre (Loker) itself.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– Announcement of the death of Leonard McQuay in the Brandon Daily Sun for March 11, 1916, page 1.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the British Whig, a Kingston, Ontario newspaper. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • War Diary– War Diary for February 1916 of the 6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers, 2nd Canadian Division, recording the death of Leonard McQuay.
Source: National Archives of Canada.
  • Attestation Papers– Attestation paper, page 1 for James Leonard McQuay.
  • Attestation Papers (Back)– Attestation paper, page 2 for James Leonard McQuay.
Source: National Archives of Canada.
  • Photo of James Leonard McQuay– James Leonard McQuay, Sapper, no. 622,  6th Field Company, Canadian Engineers.  Fatally wounded while laying barbed wire near St. Eloi (near Ypres) just before he was slated to leave the Front for Officer Training in England.
  • Photo 2 of James Leonard McQuay– Sapper James Leonard McQuay, no. 622, next to a trench of barbed wire.
  • Photo 3 of James Leonard McQuay– Sapper James Leonard McQuay, no. 622, on right leaning against a friend.
  • Team photo– James Leonard McQuay, intercollegiate team, Queen's University, 1912.
  • Group Photo– James Leonard McQuay in middle with two army friends.
  • Photo 4 of James Leonard McQuay– Sapper James Leonard McQuay, reg. no. 622.
  • War Memorial– War Memorial in Foxwarren, Manitoba, including name of James Leonard McQuay.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Clipping from the Toronto Star for 11 March 1916, page 6.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Casualty list including Leonard McQuay, from the Toronto Star for 11 March 1916, page 7.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Clipping from the Kingston Whig for 20 March 1916.
  • Photo of James McQuay
  • Essay– Description of the death and funeral of Leonard McQuay in "From the Rideau to the Rhine and back: the 6th Field Company and Battalion Canadian Engineers in the Great War" by K. Weatherbe, published in Toronto in 1928.
  • Grave marker– Photo courtesy Keith Boswell, England

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