Wilmer Lawerence "Lorne" Campbell

May 12, 1890

Born in Lanark, Ontario to James Weir and Elizabeth (nee McKerracher) Campbell


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59135 (temporary number 370)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. James W. Campbell, 402 Alfred St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

o   Later noted as clerical work in woolen mill

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

Ø  Attested with the rank of Provisional Sergeant

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 20, 1915

Attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company


Dec 26, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company

Promoted to Company Sergeant Major


Jan 4, 1917

Granted a Commission with the rank of Lieutenant and transferred to the 21st Battalion, London Gazette #29947, and Seconded to the 4th Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company for duty


Feb 24, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Corps School


Mar 2, 1917

Rejoined the machine gun company


Apr 28, 1917

Attended a course of instruction in Camiers, France


May 20, 1917

Rejoined the 4th Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company


Aug 2, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Hernia


Aug 3, 1917

Transferred to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 4, 1917

Transferred to the No. 20 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers


Aug 6, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Daughters of the Empire Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Hyde Park Place, London

Transferred to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Aug 9, 1917

Surgery performed to repair the Hernia


Aug 30, 1917

Medical Board notes

Ø  Patient claims he fell while entering the trenches in June and began to feel pain in his right groin later that gradually worsened

Ø  Surgical wound has healed well and patient appears healthy

Ø  Will be unfit for any duty for 2 months

Ø  Patient will not be ready for full duty for 5 months

Ø  Board recommends 2 months leave to Canada

Discharged from hospital and granted leave to Canada


Sep 13, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Sep 25, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Oct 26, 1917

Struck Off Strength of the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on being retained in Canada for duty

Taken On Strength the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Kingston


May 4, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Captain at the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Kingston


Nov 29, 1918

Medical Board in Belleville, Ontario notes

Ø  Patient complains of difficulty in breathing upon exertion

Ø  Suffers from palpitations of the heart

Ø  Heart misses a beat every 6 beats

Ø  Has had recent fainting spells

Ø  Condition is probably permanent

Ø  No treatment is indicated


Dec 10, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Captain

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Appleton, Ontario


Apr 30, 1919

Married to Jessie May McFaden in Lanark, Ontario


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