Arthur Henry Lanning

Nov 1, 1886

Born in Bristol, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59564 (temporary number 319)

Ø      Next of kin given as Emma Lanning, mother, 20 Ambrose Rd., Cliftonwood, Bristol, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Ship Stoker

Ø      Previous military experience given as Royal Engineers Volunteer

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


May 20, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Jones 59525, who had been promoted


Jun 15, 1915

Married and his next of kin is changed to read Mrs. Alice Ester Lanning, wife


Aug 5, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids


Aug 7, 1915

Transferred to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital where surgery was performed to remove the Hemorrhoids


Aug 26, 1915

Transferred to the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital in Goudhurst


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 9, 1915

Discharged from hospital to perform light duties at the Quex Park Hospital in Birchington


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion proceeded to France while L/Cpl Lanning was still on light duties in Birchington


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Oct 31, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 9, 1915

After leaving the base depot, L/Cpl Lanning rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Aug 25, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Kettridge 59546, who had been promoted


Sep 15, 1916

During the Battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the objective of taking a strongly defended sugar refinery near Courcelette, France.  This was the first time that Canadian troops had employed tanks in battle.  During heavy fighting Corporal Lanning was killed in action.  Because his body was never recovered from the battlefield, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war with no known grave.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Alicia Lanning, 20 Ambrose Road, Cliftonwood, Bristol, England

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Emma Lanning, at the same address


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