Thomas Edwin Lazenby


Aug 27, 1874

Born in Stockton on Tees, England to Edwin and Amy (nee Heap) Lazenby


Aug 4, 1904

Embarked the SS Dominion in Liverpool


Aug 14, 1904

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Jun 22, 1907

Married to Charlotte Amelia Read in Ottawa, Ontario.  The marriage registration form records his occupation as being Blacksmith


Apr 25, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 246172

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. CA Lazenby, wife, 32 Havelock St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years in the 51st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, England and 3 years in the Governor General’s Foot Guard, Ottawa

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

The battalion trained at the Rockcliffe Camp, Ottawa


Sep 23, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Jan 18, 1917

The battalion left Ottawa by train to continue training in Amherst, Nova Scotia


May 28, 1917

The battalion left Amherst and proceeded to Halifax in preparation for embarking for England


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford.  Shortly after their arrival in Seaford, the entire battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion for additional training.


Sep 12, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 43 reinforcements and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion with the rank of Private


Sep 27, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois


Oct 9, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion as they left Villers au Bois to move into the support trench east of Neuville St Vaast


Nov 3, 1917

The 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front


Nov 11, 1917

Private Thomas Lazenby is recorded as being killed “by a piece of flying shell casing”.  He was initially buried in a location recorded as 28.D.16.d.3.6.

When it came time to recover the battlefield burials it was not possible to locate his remains, or if located, he could not be identified.  For this reason he is honoured on the walls of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Charlotte A Lazenby, 238 Leprohon St., Cote St. Paul, Montreal, Quebec


During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte Thomas Lazenby's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.



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