Stanley Lancaster

Soldier Details:

Stanley Lancaster’s name appears on the Victoria Park Cenotaph .

Victoria Park Cenotaph, photo by R. Laughton

Lancaster, Stanley
Private, PPCLI 663102
September 28, 1918
Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery, Sailly, Nord, France
Next of Kin (wife) at Milton
Maple Leaf Legacy Project

Commemorative Details:

Private Lancaster is buried in Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery in Northern France i grave F. 17.

Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery, France Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Maple Leaf Legacy Project

Milton Soldiers Buried in France and Flanders (Google Earth).

Soldier Summary:

Private Lancaster was the husband of Mary Jane Lancaster of Milton, Ontario. As did many other Milton men, he attested to the 164th Battalion on January 18, 1916.

He did not arrive in England until May 22, 1917. Oddly he transferred into the 2nd Reserve Battalion and then back out to the 164th in April/May 1917.

After being transferred Private Lancaster was taken on strength by the PPCLI (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) on March 23, 1918 (3rd Division, 7th Infantry Brigade). “This is reported in the Part II Daily Orders of the PPCLI of April 4, 1918, as part of a draft of 70 soldiers from the 164th Battalion. The War Diary of the 164th Battalion also notes the draft of 70 men leaving for the PPCLI on March 28, 1918.” (Michael Thierens).

His service records then show he went to the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) on April 2, 1918 and rejoined the PPCLI in early April 1918 (reported April 18, 1918). On September 28, 1918 he was reported missing from action during “Canada’s Hundred Days”. The PPCLI had crossed the Canal du Nord and were west of Cambrai near where he is buried at Sailly.

The Virtual War Memorial reports by way of a news clipping that he was 1 of 5 boys from the family that served in the Great War.

Toronto Star November 9, 1918 Virtual War Memorial


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