George Evan Lenton

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 20, 1885

Born at Kettering, Northamptonshire, England


Mar 29, 1912

Embarked the SS Virginian at Liverpool England with his wife Bertha Annie (nee Campkin) Lenton


Apr 6, 1912

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Brampton Ontario


Dec 13, 1915

Attested into the 126th Battalion at Brampton Ontario 

Ø      Number 775517

Ø      Next of kin given as Bertha Annie Lenton, wife, of Brampton Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Florist

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 14, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia


Aug 24, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Oct 15, 1916

Transferred to the 116th Battalion at Bramshott


Dec 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 23, 1916

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


Jan 18, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jan 21, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Feb 24, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join the 21st Battalion


Feb 26, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion at Ruitz in Divisional Reserve.  While there, the Battalion carried out training exercises and route marches


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Pte Lenton was instantly killed.  His body was buried in a mass grave in what was called Crater CB-2.  His remains were later exhumed and reburied in a mass grave at Crater CB-1.  This was later renamed the Zivy Crater Cemetery.  Because his remains were placed in the mass grave, the exact location of his body is not known and the names are recorded on panels around the crater.

Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Cross, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his widow, Mrs Bertha A Lenton, at 23 James St, Brampton Ontario. 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs AG Wilson, at Whitworth Road, Wellingboro, North Hants, England


Nov 19, 1919

Pte Lenton’s widow and 2 children embarked the RMS Megantic at Liverpool England

There is no indication in the service file that she had been in England during the war and I assume that she proceeded overseas after the war to introduce Pte Lenton’s mother to her grandchildren, and to possibly visit her husband’s burial site in France.


Nov 27, 1919

Mrs Lenton disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and returned to Brampton Ontario with her 2 children 

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