Robert Keith Lawlor

Jun 7, 1897

Born in Oro Township, Ontario to John Joseph and Catharine Anne (nee Sheridan) Lawlor


Jan 27, 1916

Attested into the 157th Battalion in Orillia, Ontario

Ø  Number 643911

Ø  Next of kin given as John Lawlor, father, Jarratt Corners, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

The battalion trained at Camp Borden, near Barrie, Ontario


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Cameronia in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley

One week later the 157th Battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 116th Battalion in Witley


Dec 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 23, 1916

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


Jan 21, 1917

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


Feb 18, 1917

Admitted to the No. 12 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Mar 1, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance and rejoined the entrenching battalion


Mar 5, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Lawlor joined the 21st Battalion resting in Bois des Alleux, France


Dec 21, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 7, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 27, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Mar 17, 1918

Proceeded on course of instruction


Mar 23, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from course


Aug 27, 1918

While advancing on the Sensee River south of Vis en Artois, France, Private Lawlor received a shrapnel wound to his right leg that caused a compound fracture of the femur bone, displaced the tibia and damaged his knee.  He was evacuated to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station where emergency surgery was performed to repair damage.


Aug 30, 1918

Transferred to the No. 2 Australian General Hospital in Boulogne, France


Sep 5, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Lord Derby Hospital in Warrington where he was declared to be seriously ill when infection set in the wound

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 12, 1918

Surgery performed to drain pus and insert a drainage tube to allow for drainage


Sep 17, 1918

Surgery performed to evacuate pus and install a Thomas Splint and the leg was placed in traction


Sep 19, 1918

Surgery performed to evacuate pus and install a Balkan’s Splint to support the leg

Two more surgeries were performed the following week to remove pus and clean the wound


Oct 27, 1918

Removed from the seriously ill list


Feb 15, 1919

Transferred to the No. 15 Canadian General Hospital in Taplow


Apr 16, 1919

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian General Hospital in Kirkdale


May 5, 1919

Embarked the Hospital Ship Essequibo



May 15, 1919

Disembarked in Portland, Maine, USA and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario Canada where he was posted to the Hospital Section


May 17, 1919

Admitted to the SMH (Spadina Military Hospital) in Toronto


May 20, 1919

Granted leave until June 3, 1919, when he was to return to the Spadina Hospital


Jun 16, 1919

Transferred to the BMH (Brant Military Hospital) in Burlington, Ontario

On admission it is noted that he cannot put any weight on his right leg and has to use crutches to get around.  The wound is still discharging pus


Oct 7, 1919

Transferred to the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital in Toronto


Nov 19, 1919

Surgery performed to clean wound and allow for drainage


Jan 30, 1920

Granted leave until February 20, 1920


Feb 21, 1920

Private Lawlor failed to report back from leave and was declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 26, 1920

Reported to the hospital from being absent and was discharged to duty and posted to the Military District No. 2 Casualty Company in Toronto

There was no punishment awarded due to medical condition


Apr 26, 1920

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 287401

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge RR #2 Hawkstone, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 230 Dundas St. E., Toronto, Ontario


May 8, 1931

Married to Mahala Elizabeth Palmer in Brigham City, Utah, USA


Nov 11, 1941

Entered the USA at Detroit, Michigan for the purpose of permanent residence.  He had reported previous residence in the USA from 1922 to January 1941.


Jan 1, 1942

Robert Keith Lawlor registered for the USA World War 2 draft.  He gave his address as RFD2, North Logan, Cache County, Utah, USA


Nov 21, 1959

Robert Keith Lawlor died while a patient of the Utah Valley Hospital in Provo, Utah of a heart attack.  He was buried in the Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Utah



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