Orris Dorin Lackie

The photo here of the certificate and of Pte Orris Lackie are from a display built by Stephen Smith in the Woodstock Ontario Museum

Thank you to John Sargeant for supplying them.



Mar 17, 1895

Born at Dereham Centre Ontario 

He is listed in the 1901 Census as Orin Lackie and in the 1911 Census as Orey Lackey.  In both instances, the listing is for Dereham Ontario


Mar 21, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Ingersoll Ontario 

Ø      Number 675829

Ø      Next of kin given as Byron Lackie (father) of Dereham Ontario

o       Telegraphic address for notification is noted as RR #1 Mt Elgin Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Sep 4, 1916

Admitted to Camp Borden Military Hospital with Dermatitis Venerata  (most likely caused by Poison Ivy)


Sep 12, 1916

Discharged to duty


Nov 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp


Feb 1, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France


Feb 21, 1917

Left CBD to join 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Mar 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Division Reserve at Bois Des Alleux, not far from Vimy Ridge.  They were supplying men for fatigue parties every night in order to repair and build up the trench system


Apr 14, 1917

Admitted to No 7 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne diagnosed with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin).  This was later called Trench Fever


Apr 30, 1917

Transferred to No 10 Convalescent Depot at Ecault


Jun 1, 1917

Discharged to No 3 Rest Camp


Jun 5, 1917

Discharged to CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre and posted to “A” Detail which was for recovering sick and wounded


Jun 13, 1917

Left CIBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jun 26, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion 

The Battalion was in the Coupigny Huts in the Barlin Training area, conducting training exercises and participating in sports activities


Aug 15, 1917 The 4th Brigade, and the 21st Battalion attacked and captured Hill 70, near the town of Lens, France.  The fightiing was severe and Private Lackie received a shrapnel wound to his right leg and after receiving first aid, was evacuated to the nearby casualty clearing station for further treatment

Aug 16, 1917

Admitted to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a shrapnel wound to right leg


Aug 20, 1917

Transferred via No 27 “AT” (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 18 General Hospital


Aug 23, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to Northamptonshire War Hospital at Duston


Oct 3, 1917

Transferred to No 6 Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Dec 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford for physical training


Mar 21, 1918

Granted permission to wear the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 4, 1918

Discharged from No 3 CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 3, 1918

Attached to MD 1 “C” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to London Ontario


Jan 20, 1919

Posted to MD 1 Casualty Company at London Ontario and granted leave with subsistence until February 5, 1919


Feb 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Intended residence on discharge RR #1 Mount Elgin Ontario


Aug 31, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to RR #1 Mount Elgin Ontario


On July 3, 1917 the 21st Battalion moved to the town of Bouvigny-Boyeffles and set up the headquarters in the main chateau.  That chateau has since been demolished, but the outside wall remains, as shown below from Google images.  Many of the men who passed through this town carved their names into that wall, Private Orris Dorin Lackie being one of them.  I would like to thank Patrice Machin for passing along the photo of the carving and for granting permission to reproduce it here.

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