Ernest Lockey

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 12, 1896

Born at Coldstone, Gloucestershire England to William and Ann (nee Barrett) Lockey


May 15, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battalion at London Ontario 

Ø      Number 401993

Ø      Next of kin given as William Lockey, father, of Gloucester England

o       The address was later changed to read Lower Slaughter, Bourton on the Water, Gloucester England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Stone Cutter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 11, 1915

Transferred to the Reinforcement Company


Aug 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian at Montreal Quebec as part of the 2nd Reinforcing Draft of the 33rd Battalion


Aug 28, 1915

Disembarked at Liverpool England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 9th Reserve Battalion at Tidworth Barracks, Salisbury Plain


Aug 31, 1915

His file indicates that he “left under sealed orders”


Nov 5, 1915

Admitted to the St Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Nov 15, 1915

Discharged from hospital to duty


Dec 30, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe with complications from the VDG infection


Jan 10, 1916

Discharged from hospital and returned to the 9th Reserve Battalion on light duties


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Feb 11, 1916

Admitted to the No 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Havre with complications from his previous bout of Gonorrhea


Feb 20, 1916

Discharged from hospital to Camp Details at Havre and his pay was docked 50¢ per day while in hospital for the 9 days.


Mar 11, 1916

Proceeded to join the 21st Battalion who had just moved into Divisional Reserve at La Clytte and was assigned to the Machine Gun Section


Apr 11, 1916

Admitted to the No 4 Canadian General Hospital at Camiers with a shrapnel wound to his right leg


Apr 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital 

Admitted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge


Apr 27, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


May 22, 1916

Discharged from hospital and was to proceed to West Sandling


May 23, 1916

TOS the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jun 6, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 7, 1916

Arrived at the CBD at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Jun 10, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets at Dickebusch


Oct 19, 1916

Received shrapnel wounds to his head and right hip and was admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  The wounds were slight and he was discharged the same day after receiving treatment


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, he was instantly killed

Thelus Military Cemetery
Thelus France

Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his Aunt, Miss EM Barrett, at Northcote House, Clifton Park, Clifton, England

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, William Lockey, at Lower Slaughter, Bourton on the Water, England.

There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him and he was not married 


Pte Lockey is honoured on the Lower Slaughter Bourton-on-the-Water War Memorial in Gloucestershire, England. 
Below is a close up of his name there

Ernest Lockey is also honoured on the Poplar Hill Ontario War Memorial

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