George Lawson

Aug 25, 1882

Born in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59570 (temporary number 442)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. John Lawson, brother, Marion, New York, USA

o   His brother’s address was later changed to “D” Company, 21st Battalion which was later reorganized into “B” Company

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

o   Later posted to the Quartermaster Section

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Jan 1, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Feb 18, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 27, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant


Jan 26, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Mar 20, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Aug 25, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Aug 24, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 6, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Sep 7, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 23, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg, Germany



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England, he was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277304

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Pembroke, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Boston Creek, Ontario


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