CEF Soldier Detail

Major Leon Charles Eckenfelder

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Survived War:
Yes
Force:
French Army
Regiment:
French Infantry
Battalion:
French Infantry
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Place of Birth:
Country:
France
Next of Kin:
Address at Enlistment:
Trochu, Alberta
Date of Birth:
January 1, 1872
Trade or Calling:
Rancher
Marital Status:
Married
Prior Military Experience:
Not Specified
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Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Not Specified
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Prisoner of war:
Not Specified
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Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Major French Infantry French Infantry

NOT HIDING UNDER HIS BED IN THESE SCRAPPING TIMES - So Writes French Reservist Who is now Knight of the Legion of Honour - It is reported that Leon Charles Eckenfelder, who owns a ranch at Trochu in Southern Alberta, and was as a reservist in the French Army called to the front at the outbreak of the war, has been made a Knight of the Legion of Honour.  He has also received the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

"This," says Captain Eckenfelder, in writing to the Honourable Duncan Marshall, Minister of Agriculture, "will show my children that I was not hiding under a bed these scrapping times."

He is well known in the southern part of the province, having been living at Trochu for twelve years.  In addition to the ranch he has a business in town, which was founded by Col. Trochu, who was prevented by his age from giving his services to his country.  Mrs. Eckenfelder is living with her father at Leon, Alberta. (The Edmonton Bulletin, March 7, 1916, Page 6)

Major Eckenfelder rejoined his regiment in France in 1914. He was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour of France and twice won the Croix de Guerre when in command of the French battalion at Argonne. 

Awards and Decorations
Chevalier of the Legion of Honour
Croix de Guerre (France)
Croix de Guerre (France)
Distinguished Conduct Medal (France)