Before very long you will be going overseas–an event to which I know you have all been anxiously looking forward, and you will then have the honour of taking your place beside the brave lads who have preceded you.
(Lt. Col. Leach, January 1917)
Francis Easton Leach was a graduate of the Royal Military College and a veteran of the Boer War. A native of Montreal, he was born on 24 November 1875. After doing survey work in South Africa, he was employed as a railway engineer in British Columbia. He joined the 72nd Regiment after the outbreak of the Great War and was eventually authorized to raise the 231st Battalion from Vancouver in 1916.
In England, the 24th Reserve Battalion absorbed the 231st in April 1917 and Leach transferred to the Imperial Forces. He served on the headquarters staff of the British First Army until demobilization. He returned to Vancouver in April 1919.
He was became Inspector of Explosives with the Dominion Department of Mines in 1921 and chief inspector in 1937. He retired in November 1944 and died on 19 August 1951.