William "Willie" Lumley

Jan 20, 1895

Born in Sarnia, Ontario to George and Harriet (nee Vaiden) Lumley

The actual birth date is probably different.  He gave January 9, 1894 on his first attestation, then he gave January 20, 1895 as the birth date on his second attestation.  The 1911 Census shows his birth date as February 1895

It is interesting to note that his signature on documents in his military file spells his surname as Lumly.  It would appear that later in life, the spelling changed to Lumley


Feb 10, 1911

William’s mother Harriet died in Sarnia, Ontario


Jun 21, 1915

Attested into the 29th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery of the CEF

Ø  Number 90866

Ø  Next of kin given as George Lumley, father, Cameron St., Sarnia, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

On attesting he gave his birth date as January 9, 1894

There is no explanation or reason given for his discharge from the 29th Battery.


Nov 17, 1915

William’s father George Lumley died in Sarnia, Ontario


Mar 8, 1916

Attested into the 149th Battalion CEF in Sarnia, Ontario

Ø  Number 844752

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Alfred Claxton, sister, 309 Cameron St., Sarnia, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

The battalion conducted initial training in the Sarnia area


Mar 27, 1916

Forfeited 2 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Apr 9, 1916

Forfeited 1 days pay for being AWL


May 29, 1916

The battalion departed Sarnia to continue training in Carling Heights, London, Ontario


Jul 8, 1916

The battalion proceeded by train to Camp Borden, Ontario to continue training


Sep 20, 1916

Admitted to the Camp Borden Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis

Transferred the same day to the Toronto Military Base Hospital for surgery to remove his appendix


Oct 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and granted 7 days sick leave


Mar 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Bramshott where the battalion was placed in isolation to ensure that none of the men were infected with influenza


Apr 19, 1917

Medical Board notes that he is suffering from Myalgia and pain in the area of his appendectomy scar


Apr 21, 1917

Following his release from isolation, he was posted to the WORD (Western Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 25th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Feb 14, 1918

Attached to the 4th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott for employment


Apr 23, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 4th Reserve Battalion and attached to the WORD Depot Company in Witley


Apr 27, 1918

Posted to the Canadian Labour Pool in Shorncliffe


May 30, 1918

Attached to the 1st Canadian Command Depot in Shorncliffe


Jul 15, 1918

Transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion in Shorncliffe


Sep 20, 1918

Transferred to the 1st Battalion


Sep 23, 1918

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 116 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 1st Battalion


Sep 25, 1918

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


Sep 29, 1918

Before Private Lumley left the base depot to join the 1st Battalion, he was transferred to the 21st battalion as they were desperate for reinforcements to replace their recent losses


Oct 2, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Lumley joined the 21st Battalion in the Support Trench on the Hindenburg Line and was assigned to “C” Company


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the occupying force and proceeded to Seigburg



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was posted to the “P” Wing at Witley pending his return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277365

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Sarnia, Ontario

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 160 Elgin St., Sarnia, Ontario


Mar 17, 1960

William Lumley died while a patient at the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital, Petrolia, Ontario and buried in the Lakeview Cemetery in Sarnia


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