Herman Denis Lake

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 25, 1893

Born at Hastings County Ontario to Christopher Thomas and Mary Ann Matilda (nee Baumhauer) Lake


Jan 4, 1915

Married to Clara Florence Whitmarsh at Bancroft Ontario


Apr 10, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Bancroft Ontario

Ø  Number 637039

Ø  Next of kin given as Clara Lake, wife, of Monk Road, Hastings County, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist


The Battalion trained at the Barriefield Camp at Kingston Ontario.  He was 1 of 3 brothers to join the 155th Battalion (the other 2 being John Nathaniel Lake, killed May 27, 1918 and Hercules Ross Lake who survived the war)


Sep 9, 1916

Awarded 7 days CB (Confined to Barracks) and fined 4 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Nov 1, 1916

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Influenza


Nov 10, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 147 Other Ranks from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Bully Grenay carrying out training exercises. 


Apr 9, 1917

Pte Lake was killed during the advance on Vimy Ridge.  He was initially buried near the trenches but in January of 1920 his body was exhumed and reburied in a permanent cemetery at Aux Reitz


His brother Hercules Ross Lake was wounded during the same attack

La Targette British Cemetery
Aux Reitz, France


Post war, the following were sent to his widow at Bancroft Ontario

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll

Memorial Cross

 A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Matilda Lake, also at Bancroft

May 27, 1918

His brother John Nathaniel Lake was killed in action with the 21st Battalion


Oct 7, 1919

Pte Lake’s widow remarried to Edwin Charles Whitefoot at Trenton Ontario


Denis Lake and his brother John are honoured on the Bancroft Ontario War Memorial

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