David Lyle





May 17, 1899

Born in the Township of Verulam Ontario


Apr 14, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Bobcaygeon Ontario 

Ø     Number 724237

Ø     Next of kin given as William Lyle (father) of Bobcaygeon Ontario

Ø     Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Presbyterian

o      He lied about his age as he had not yet turned 17 years old. He somehow convinced the recruiter that he was 27 years of age.   He is found on the 1911 Census as James D Lyle.


Jul 7, 1916

Particulars of Family form filed noting: 

Ø     Stated to be single

Ø     Father is alive – William Lyle of Bobcaygeon Ontario

Ø     Mother is alive – Tish Lyle of Bobcaygeon Ontario

o      On 1911 Census, her name is listed as “Latitia”

Ø     No children


Jul 24, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 5, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

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


Oct 19, 1916

His true age was discovered while at the CBD Havre and he was classified “C” (fit for service in England only) and transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) and returned to England 

It should be noted that even though he was on the strength of the 21st Battalion’s records, he never physically joined the Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC at Shoreham England


Oct 26, 1916

Medical Board held at CCAC Shoreham notes that he is under age and will not turn 18 years old until next May.  The Board recommends that he is only fit for “Permanent Base Duty”


Nov 1, 1916

Placed On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) but this entry was later changed to read On Command to CGDD (Canadian Garrison Duty Depot)


Jan 24, 1917

Awarded 2 days Field Punishment #2 – offence not recorded


Mar 10, 1917

SOS on transfer to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford but remains attached to the CGDD


Mar 21, 1917

Awarded 1 day Field Punishment #2 – offence not recorded


Apr 10, 1917

Awarded 3 days Field Punishment #2 – offence not recorded


Apr 16, 1917

Ceases to be attached to CGDD on proceeding to EORD


May 2, 1917

SOS EORD on transfer to the CFC (Canadian Forestry Corps)


May 3, 1917

TOS CFCBD (Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot) at Sunningdale


May 18, 1917

SOS CFCBD and proceeded to Havre France on transfer to No 37 Company CFC  (the day following his 18th birthday)


Aug 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 13, 1918

Rejoined 37 Coy from leave


Jan 18, 1919

Proceeded to England and is TOS CFCBD


Jan 21, 1919

TOS 11th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 6, 1919

A medical exam held at Seaford notes his height as 6’1” and weight as 180 lbs, while on Attestation his height was noted as 5’8½” and his weight as 140 lbs.


Feb 11, 1919

TOS #3 MD Wing at Rhyl pending return to Canada


Feb 22, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool



Mar 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Mar 5, 1919

TOS MD #3 Casualty Company at Kingston Ontario


Mar 6, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until March 19, 1919


Mar 21, 1919

Signed a note refusing Dental Treatment


Mar 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 91018

Ø     Reason for discharge - Demobilization

Ø     Proposed residence on discharge – Bobcaygeon Ontario


A note in file reads “Not to be verified for BW & Victory Medals.  See letter filed with docs.”  There is no such letter in the file.  In addition to this note, there is an entry on the jacket cover that states “Not eligible for medals – forfeited”.  There is no medals card in the file. 

There is no reason or date for these entries.  I searched for a Court Martial record but could find none.  Archives Canada admits that the WW1 Court Martial records are not on file for those trials held in Canada.  Only the records for trials held in England, France and Belgium are on file. 

It is noted on his pay record that he was granted 153 days of War Service Gratuity on his discharge.


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