John Roberts Lander

Jun 22, 1886

Born in Port Talbot, South Wales to Alfred and Sarah Ann Lander


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 59th Battalion CEF in Brockville, Ontario

Ø  Number 455849

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sarah Anne Lander, mother, 16 Rice St., South Wales

o   His current address was given as Newboro, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


May 20, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital, Shorncliffe due to excessive vomiting.  It was diagnosed as Influenza


Jun 3, 1916

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital, Epsom


Jun 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Aug 17, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 138 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 24, 1916

Admitted to the No. 39 General Hospital in Havre with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined)

 This was later changed to read VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis) and VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Dec 2, 1916

Discharged to duty with the base depot and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness

Forfeited 60
¢ per day for the 100 days in hospital as punishment for contracting venereal disease


Dec 10, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Apr 17, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he joined the 21st Battalion in the support line trench near Vimy Ridge


May 17, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jun 1, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from duty with the engineers


Jul 22, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company for duty


Aug 29, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from duty with the machine gun company


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 17, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion and granted 14 days leave


Jan 5, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 17, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 12, 1918

During severe fighting south-west of Avesnes-le-Sec, Private Lander received a bullet wound to his head.  After receiving first aid he was evacuated to a field ambulance and then transferred to Hospital in Etaples


Oct 13, 1918

Admitted to the No. 26 General Hospital in Etaples


Oct 15, 1918

Private Lander died of his wounds while in hospital and was buried in the Etaples Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Alfred Lander, 16 Rice St., Port Talbot, South Wales

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Sarah Lander, at the same address

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