Albert Patrick Lamb MSM




Apr 27, 1868

Born at Tweedmouth England 

On attestation he lied about his age, giving his birth year as 1876


Dec 28, 1914

Shown on payroll of the 45th Victoria Regiment


Feb 22, 1915

Attestation Papers signed at Lindsay Ontario for the 21st Battalion (see note at bottom) 

Ø     Number 59559 (temporary number 1870)

Ø     Next of kin given as Mary Lamb (mother) of 20 Church Rd, Tweedmouth England

o      There is a note to notify Mrs. Albert Lamb RNS “(w)” of 569 Drolet St, Montreal Quebec (possible wife?)

Ø     Previous occupation given as Sailmaker

o      Later noted as Lineman

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Methodist


Apr 1, 1915

Shown on payroll with rank of Corporal


May 5, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 45th Regiment


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion 

Embarkation Roll shows his rank as Pte


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


May 18, 1915

Posted to #3 Company


Jul 17, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 18, 1915

Reported for duty 

Ø     Forfeits 2 days pay


Aug 22, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Aug 23, 1915

Reported for duty from AWL 

Ø     Forfeits 2 days pay

Ø     Placed on ½ pay restriction for 2 months


Aug 29, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Sep 6, 1915

Reported for duty from AWL 

Ø     Forfeits 9 days pay

Ø     Awarded 28 days detention

o      I could find no record for a Court Martial, nor is there mention of one in the file


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France 

There is no mention of being removed from detention, nor is there mention of his being placed in detention again once in France


Aug 17, 1916

Attached to 2nd Divisional Salvage Company


Oct 19, 1916

Reported to be AWL


Oct 23, 1916

Reported for duty from AWL 

Ø     Forfeits 5 days pay for AWL


Dec 7, 1916

Granted 8 days leave


Jun 30, 1917

SOS on transfer to the 2nd Division Employment Company


Jul 1, 1917

TOS 2nd Div Emp Coy but remains attached to 2nd Div Salvage Coy


Jun 17, 1918

Awarded the Military Service Medal as per the London Gazette #30750



Dec 4, 1918

Despatched to CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Etaples France


Dec 14, 1918

TOS CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France


Dec 28, 1918

Transferred to General Depot and proceeded to Witley Camp, England


Mar 25, 1919

SOS on transfer to the CCC (Canadian Corps Camp) MD2 (Military District), at Rhyl


Apr 1, 1919

Embarked the RMS Megantic at Liverpool



Apr 9, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Apr 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” number 289709 issued

Ø     Proposed residence on discharge – Bank of Montreal, Toronto


Jan 25, 1933

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Geo Darrington Esq Relief Secretary, British Great War Veterans of America Inc, Room 402, 115 Broadway St, New York, NY, USA


Albert Lamb signed the Attestation Papers on February 22, 1915, with the location noted as being at Lindsay Ontario.  The Attestation Paper (AP) in the service file notes his medical as March 13, 1915, also noted as being at Lindsay, but the AP online at Archives Canada notes it as being March 12.  The copy in the file notes the Commanding Officer signed the papers on March 13.  However, 2 different newspapers of the day report L/Col WSP Hughes (the CO) as being in Ottawa at the time. 

It should also be noted that Albert Lamb was not Taken On Strength of the 21st Battalion until May 6, 1915, the date of the Battalion’s Embarkation for England.  Up until that time, he is shown on the pay sheets of the 45th Victoria Regiment (which did have a Company in Lindsay at the time). 

It is also noteworthy that Sir Sam Hughes had recently been the Commanding Officer of the 45th Regt, and that Lindsay was the home for both Sir Sam and his brother, William St Pierre Hughes, the OC of the 21st Battalion.


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