Leo Bernard O'Rourke signature

On this day in 1917 Leo Bernard O’Rourke, a machinist, signed up in Toronto. He was born in Deseronto on October 26th, 1895, the son of Hugh O’Rourke and Beatrice (née Brown). The family were still in Deseronto in 1901, but by 1911 had moved to Princess Street, Kingston, where Leo was working as an apprentice machinist in the locomotive works. They were living in Toronto in 1917 when Leo signed up (he said in Raybaold Avenue – possibly Raybould Street).

O’Rourke joined the York & Simcoe Foresters (part of the Canadian Forestry Corps) with the regimental number 2498018. He was five feet four and a half inches tall, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was missing the top joint of the first finger on his right hand.

Leo Bernard O’Rourke survived the war and married Clara Boungard (née Reid) in Toronto on July 21st, 1920. They had two daughters. He died on November 16th, 1968 and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery at Shannonville.

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