Robert Valentine Moodie - or Bob as he was known to his friends - was born on 14 February 1886 at Glasgow Scotland. As a young man he served for four years in the "Dunbartonshire M.I." [was this the 1st Dunbartonshire Rifle Volunteers?] before emigrating to Canada. When he enlisted in the C.A.S.C. on 11 November at Winnipeg, he was living at 596 Gertrude Avenue and working as a clerk. In his attestation paper he listed his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs Moodie of Leiterellen Stepps, near Glasgow. He was 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed 139 pounds, and had brown hair and brown eyes. He gave his religion as Presbyterian.
It is not clear whether Leslie and Bob knew each other before their enlistment, or whether they stayed in touch after the war. There is
, however, a photograph of the latter in the Payne family collection, taken during the war, somewhere in France.