John Lober

Dec 19, 1897

Born in Bainsville, Ontario to Louis and Emma Lober


Nov 11, 1917

Shown as TOS (Taken On Strength) the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 887


Jan 8, 1918

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Kingston, Ontario.  He was determined to be fit for service

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario under the MSA

Ø  Number 4020887

Ø  Next of kin given as Louis Lober, father, Bainsville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Assigned to the 3rd Regimental Draft

It is noted on his medical history that he is illiterate and his signatures are all noted as “his mark” and an X is put in place of a signature.

His brother Joseph was sworn in on the same day


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his brother Joseph



Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the men proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France with his brother Joseph and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 15, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Lober joined the 21st Battalion rear details in the town of Marcelcave with his brother Joseph as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements.  He joined the main part of the battalion a few days later when the men came out of the front line.


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River near Vis-en-Artois, Private John Lober was killed in action just 13 days after joining the battalion, and was buried in the nearby Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery.  Note the grave contains the remains of 2 soldiers.  Private Lober is the bottom name



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Louis Lober, Bainsville, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Emma Lober, at the same address

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