Irwin Percy Lehman

Mar 3, 1893

Born in Victoria, British Columbia to David and Elizabeth Lehman


Oct 4, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Victoria, British Columbia


Jan 14, 1918

Conscripted into the 2nd Depot Battalion BCR (British Columbia Regiment) in Victoria, British Columbia under the MSA

Ø  Number 2138250

Ø  Next of kin given as Elizabeth Lehman, mother, Royal Oak, Victoria, British Columbia

Ø  Previous occupation given as Auto Mechanic

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the 7th Draft


Apr 16, 1918

Embarked the SS Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 28, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft was absorbed into the 1st Canadian Reserve Battalion in Seaford.  The draft was placed in segregation to ensure that none of the men were ill.


May 14, 1918

Released from segregation to continue training in Seaford


May 15, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Mumps


Jun 4, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 13, 1918

Transferred to the 29th Battalion


Sep 14, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 609 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 29th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Lehman joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Sep 30, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 2, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp Private Lehman joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches on the Hindenburg Line


Oct 11, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the town of Avesnes-le-Sec they met severe resistance and Private Irwin Lehman was killed in action just 9 days after joining the battalion.  He was later buried in the Niagara British Cemetery in Iwuy, France


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lehman, Royal Oak, British Columbia

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, David Lehman, at the same address

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