Le Vesconte, Robert Cleugh

Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Le Vesconte
Lieutenant Colonel Robert C. Le Vesconte

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Cleugh Le Vesconte was born 23 March 1861 in Seymour Township, Northumberland County, son of James Maxwell Le Vesconte and Margaret Cleugh. He attended High School in Campbellford, University of Toronto and finally Osgoode Hall and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1887.

He became a partner with Morphy, Miller and LeVesconte, afterward Miller, Riddlel and LeVesconte until 1894 when he chose to practice alone. He was interested in paintings, china and antiques.

He married Margaret Helen Ross on 11 July 1893 and had two daughters – Helen and Lilian – and one son John who served in the Canadian Paratroop Division during the Second World War.

He wa charter member of the Canadian Military Institute (now the RCMI) and a life member of the St. George’s Society.

Military Service

  • 1880 – Joined ‘K’ Company, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada as a Rifleman while attending University of Toronto
  • Worked his way up through non-commissioned ranks
  • 1889 – Commissioned as Lieutenant
  • 1897 – Promoted Captain
  • 1909 – Promoted Major
  • Oct 1915 – Promoted Lieutenant Colonel and acting Commandant of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
  • 3 Jan 1916 – Appointed Commanding Officer of newly created 166th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (concurrent to commanding the QOR)
  • c. 22 Jun 1916 – Falls from his horse at Exhibition Camp, fracturing his ankle and receiving a cut to the head

He died in Toronto, 4 June 1945 and is buried in Campbellford, Ontario.

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