Wednesday 28 April 2010

Private John Archibald Lane

Born on 17 October 1896 in Fenelon Falls, Ontario - husband of R Lane, London, England - son of Margaret Lane, Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as grocer; married [wartime, it appears]; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 8 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410801) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 30 October 1917 - invalided to England on 6 November 1917 - later served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps, CEF.

Recommended for an unnamed decoration, but no award made - unit recommendation dated 25 April 1917: "For conspicuous good work in operation of Apr. 9/17."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117)

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