William Marvin Locock

Apr 29, 1897

Born in Shelby, Ohio, USA to John Lathan and Jessie Monettie (nee Pero) Locock


Dec 13, 1915

Attested into the 97th Battalion (American Legion Battalion) of the CEF at the Exhibition Camp, Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 207052

Ø  Next of kin given as John Lathan Locock, father, 520 Gladstone Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

o   He had been employed with the Gordon MacKay Company

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Anglican


Sep 19, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Sep 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Otterpool

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay


Oct 30, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it was moved to Seaford to train troops for the front lines


Mar 1, 1917

Transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling


Apr 2, 1917

Transferred to the 7th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling


Apr 13, 1917

William Locock developed a blister on his left foot that became infected and he was admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of the left ankle


Apr 24, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 25, 1917

Transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 6, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 10, 1917

Reverts to the rank of Private in order to proceed to the front


Jul 11, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 11 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 17, 1917

After leaving the base depot Private Locock joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve in the town of Angres, France


Sep 4, 1917

Proceeded on course


Sep 9, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from course


Dec 13, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Feb 17, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 4, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 27, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River south-east of the town of Vis-en-Artois Private William Locock was killed in action.  He was buried a short time later in the Wancourt British Cemetery, south-east of Arras



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. John Locock, 520 Gladstone Ave., Toronto, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. John Locock, at the same address

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