Fred Lacey

Jul 7, 1882

Born in Nottingham, England to Thomas and Charlotte (nee Winfield) Lacey

 In October of 1908 he married Florence Collinson in Nottingham


Jul 25, 1916

Attested into the 176th Battalion CEF in St. Catharines, Ontario

Ø  Number 850871

Ø  Next of kin given as Florence Lacey, wife, 36 ½ Page St., St. Catharines, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company


Apr 29, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


May 9, 1917

The battalion moved to East Sandling and was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 4, 1917

Transferred to the 164th Battalion to continue training at East Sandling.  This was to be part of the new 5th Canadian Division.


Mar 8, 1918

Attached to the 119th Battalion in Witley that was also intended to be part of the new Canadian 5th Division


Mar 19, 1918

Attached to the 125th Battalion at Witley


Mar 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion after the decision was made to disband the 5th Division and use the troops to reinforce the existing units at the front


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 16 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Lacey joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 98 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Apr 12, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Fred Lacey joined the 21st Battalion in the front line near Mercatel, France, south of Arras.


Aug 28, 1918

During the advance on the enemy’s position in Oliver Trench, near the Sensee River, Private Lacey was killed when a heavy barrage was placed on the advancing troops.

His identified remains were never recovered from the battlefield and is subsequently honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during WW1 with no known grave.


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Florence Lacey, 5 Peel Villas, Querneby Rd., Mapperley, Nottingham, England

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. C. Lacey, No. 2 Ekowe Terrace, Ekowe St., New Basford, Nottingham, England

Private Fred Lacey is honoured on a plaque at the entrance to the St. Catharines City Hall

With thanks to Alicia Floyd, city hall staff, for the close up photo

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