Allan Daniel McDonald - Lest We Forget

Allan Daniel McDonald was born September 8, 1887 at Harbor Au Bouche, (Havre Boucher), Antigonish, Nova Scotia. His father was Rod A. McDonald of Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In 1915, Allan was working as a conductor for the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The 1911 census notes that he was working as a railway brakeman and lived at the King Edward Hotel. There is some confusion over whether Allan is a MacDonald or a McDonald. The recruiting officer wrote MacDonald for both Allan and his father, and that is how his name is listed in the Attestation form title. Allan’s signature itself appears to be McDonald.  He was referred to as either McDonald or MacDonald in the local newspaper. This may have been because it appears that the local paper had access to the attestation forms the recruits filled out.

A copy of a letter to Allan McDonald from William McInerney (who also perished in the war) was printed in the local newspaper April 3, 1915:

“Arrived safe and sound in Liverpool… The first Canadians are there now (at the front in Ypres) and got pretty badly chewed up. Remember me to Dan (perhaps Daniel William McDonald?) and the folks and all the rest of the boys in Revelstoke and write soon and tell me all the news. Yours, Wm. McInerney.”

Allan McDonald was a member of the 102nd RMR Militia prior to the war. He signed his enlistment papers on September 8, 1915 at Vancouver. His regimental number was 129837. He was 5’9” and had blue eyes and fair hair. He had joined the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders. He was 28 years old. His religious affiliation was Roman Catholic. The September 29, 1915 edition of the local newspaper noted that he was one of a number of recruits who marched off to the train depot where a large crowd had gathered to say their farewell. The December 29, 1915 edition notes that Allan MacDonald was one of a number of 72nd Battalion soldiers who had returned to the city for Christmas. He was in Revelstoke again in April of 1916. He left Halifax on the Empress on Britain on April 23, 1916, arriving in Liverpool on May 7. After serving in the battlefields for more than a year, at the rank of private, he contracted trench fever. He was hospitalized in a Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Berkshire, England, between July and October 1917, after which he was discharged and sent to Canada.

Allan Daniel McDonald (or MacDonald) died November 10, 1918 here in Revelstoke, as a returned soldier. He was a returned soldier, sent back because of “Trench Fever.”  He was 31 years old. He died of pneumonia, as is listed among the local casualties of the  Spanish Flu epidemic. His weakened condition because of his trench fever was most likely a contributing factor in his death. His name is not listed on the Canadian War Memorial Site, but he is memorialized on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques, as McDonald, Allan D.

The funeral for Allan McDonald (or MacDonald) was held on November 11, 1918, the day the war ended, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, officiated by Rev. Father McKenzie. The celebratory armistice parade was delayed until after the funeral cortege had taken his body down Mackenzie Avenue to the CPR station for transport to his family at Lourdes, Nova Scotia.

The Armistice Parade to mark the end of the war on November 11, 1918 was delayed in Revelstoke to allow for the body of Allan McDonald to be conveyed to the CPR station after his funeral that morning.

The Armistice Parade to mark the end of the war on November 11, 1918 was delayed in Revelstoke to allow for the body of Allan McDonald to be conveyed to the CPR station after his funeral that morning.

Douglas Sherwood McCarter - Lest We Forget

Douglas McCarter was born March 8, 1895 at Calgary, Alberta. He was the son of George McCarter, a barrister, lawyer, and land speculator who was prominent in the early history of Revelstoke. George was born March of 1867 in Ontario.  Douglas’s mother Katie was born in July 1876 also in Ontario. A brother Arnold was born in April of 1896 in Calgary, and a sister Doris was born in October 1898 presumably also in Calgary. By 1899, the McCarter family was living in Revelstoke and had moved into a new home at 600 Mackenzie Avenue. In the summer of 1914 Douglas worked for a survey crew. In September he left Revelstoke to attend Trinity College, Toronto.

Douglas McCarter signed his enlistment papers March 12, 1917 at Calgary. He apparently enlisted as an officer as he was not given a regimental number which is the common practice. Douglas was 22 years old, single, and gave his occupation as student. His religious affiliation was Anglican. He sailed out of Halifax on the HMS Northland on April 16, 1917, arriving at Liverpool on April 29, 1917. Douglas’s younger brother, George Arnold McCarter had been attending Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, and he joined up in February of 1916 as a Lieutenant. Arnold continued his military career, and during World War II, he rose to the rank of Brigadier. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1945.

The Revelstoke Review of April 4, 1918 carried this item on the McCarter brothers:

“Capt. Arnold McCarter Wounded. He is in Rouen Hospital, suffering from wounds in hip and foot. His brother, Douglas, is recommended for decoration.

            “Considerable interest was manifested last Saturday in the fate of Douglas and Arnold McCarter, two former Revelstoke boys, owing to some dispatches stating that two batteries of artillery, of which they were thought to be attached, were missing, doubt being expressed as to whether they had been blown to pieces or captured. It has since been learned that Arnold, who is captain of a brigade, is in Rouen hospital, suffering from a gunshot wound in the hip and foot.

            “Douglas McCarter was changed some time ago from the 33rd Battalion to the 9th RCHA Brigade. It is reported that the whole of this brigade, with the exception of Douglas, was lost, and that he had, single-handed, kept the gun firing all night, for which he has been recommended for decoration and given charge of a section.

            “Both Douglas and Arnold spent the greater part of their lives in Revelstoke, and were respected and esteemed by all, the former being a graduate of Toronto University and the latter of the Kingston Military College.”

Douglas McCarter died September 27, 1918. He was 23 years old. At the time of his death he was a Lieutenant with the 9th Battalion, Canadian Field Artillery. He is buried at the Bourlon Wood Cemetery, France.

The name of Douglas McCarter is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques as well as on the Chancel Screen of St. Peter’s Anglican Church.

Revelstoke YMCA class, circa 1909. George Arnold McCarter is on the top row, 3rd from left; Douglas McCarter is on the next row down, 2nd from left.

Revelstoke YMCA class, circa 1909. George Arnold McCarter is on the top row, 3rd from left; Douglas McCarter is on the next row down, 2nd from left.

Herbert William Hare Marshall - Lest We Forget

Herbert William Hare Marshall was born August 19, 1889 or 1890 at Moussarie, India. His exact date of birth cannot be confirmed. He was the son of Colonel H.B. Marshall of the Punjab Army, and of Charlotte Trotter Marshall, both born in England. By 1914 Colonel Marshall was deceased and Mrs. Marshall, Herbert, and his sister Charlotte Bird Marshall, were living in Revelstoke where Herbert worked as a bank clerk with the Imperial Bank. They were living in a residence on Mackenzie Avenue. Herbert was a friend of Erland Hadow, a land surveyor with a business in Revelstoke. Erland married Mr. Marshall’s sister Charlotte on December 26, 1914. He too perished in the war.

Herbert Marshall signed his enlistment papers on November 9, 1914 at Vancouver. His regimental number was 117036. He was 24 or 25 years old, single, 5’ 8” tall with black hair and brown eyes. His religious affiliation was Anglican. In April 1915 he joined the 15th Alberta Horse. He was promoted to lieutenant in September of 1915. Later in England he was discharged from the Canadian Expeditionary Force and transferred to the British Army, where he was given a commission in the 17th West Yorkshires, and saw active service with them in France.  In July 1916, he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. In July of 1915, Herbert’s mother and his sister, Mrs. Hadow, arrived in England. They had booked passage on the Lusitania but fortunately had canceled their booking. On that voyage the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine.

The local newspaper of February 17, 1917 carried an engagement announcement of Herbert William Hare Marshall, Royal Flying Corps, only son of the late Col. Herbert B. Marshall and Mrs. Marshall of Revelstoke, B.C., to Evelyn Margaret, fourth daughter of the late Mr. John Orr-Ewing and Mrs. Orr-Ewing of Weston-super-Mare. They were married on May 12, 1917.

Herbert William Hare Marshall died on August 26, 1917 in a flying accident in Lincolnshire, England. He was 27 or 28 years old. At the time of his death he was a Lieutenant with the Royal Flying Corps Air Force. He is buried at Weston-super-Mare Cemetery, Somerset, England. His name is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques as well as the Chancel Screen at St. Peter’s Anglican Church and the Honor Roll of the YMCA.

Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Hadow (Herbert’s sister) returned to Revelstoke for a short time and then moved to Oak Bay on Vancouver Island.

During the campaign to erect a Cenotaph in Revelstoke after the war, Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Hadow declined to contribute stating that there were many disabled men and orphaned children that needed the money raised. They did however end their letter expressing best wishes to the ladies of the Women’s Auxiliary to the Great War Veterans Association, many of whom were probably friends of theirs.

John Henry Maley - Lest We Forget

John (Jack) Maley was born November 7, 1895 at Montreal, Quebec. He was the son of Job and Edith Maley who lived on the Big Bend Road north of Revelstoke. Job Maley was born October 25, 1869 in England. Edith Maley was born August 4, 1871 in England. John had twin brothers, Leonard and Thomas, born March 1898 on the Big Bend Trail as it was called in the BC Archives. The family operated a florist business in the area around where the Fellowship Baptist Church is located. Edith Maley died at Revelstoke in 1932 at the age of 61. Job Maley died at Revelstoke in 1957 at the age of 88. Leonard died in Vernon in 1984 at the age of 85. Thomas also volunteered to serve in the war and because of his short stature (5’3”) became a member of the “Bantams,” a battalion made up of soldiers under 5’5”.

John Maley is noted in the local school district records as having attended the Revelstoke High School in 1911. He was also active in the Cricket Club and his name is on their Honor Roll. Leonard and Thomas were very active in the early skiing community in Revelstoke. They participated in the early ski races winning the long distance and ski jumping prizes in 1915 and 1916. An item in the May 28, 1915 edition of the Review is an example of their skiing exploits:

“On the Empire Day weekend some residents were picking strawberries from their gardens while others were one mile above town on Mount Revelstoke enjoying skiing and ski jumping on 3” of snow. Nels Nelsen won the “A” Jump with 102’. T. Maley won the “B” Jump with L. Maley placing third.”

John (Jack) Maley signed his enlistment papers on August 16, 1915 at Vernon. He was one of around 100 men from Revelstoke to enlist with the 54th Battalion in the spring and summer of 1915. His regimental number was 443729. He arrived in England on December 2, 1915 on the S.S. Saxonia. He was 19 years old, single, 5’ 6” tall with brown hair and grey eyes. His occupation was teamster, as he drove the delivery cart for his father’s florist business. He said his religious affiliation was Presbyterian. His mother and family must have been Anglican as his name is inscribed on the Memorial Chancel Screen in St. Peter’s Anglican Church.

John Maley died April 18, 1918 during the last German offensive of the war. He was 22 years old. At the time of his death he was a driver serving with the 8th Field Company, Canadian Engineers. He is buried at the Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France. The family recently donated to the Museum a unique photograph of the original gravesite prior to its removal to a Commonwealth War Cemetery. The Museum also has cards and letters written home by John to his family.

The name of John Maley is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques.

John Maley with horses during World War I. Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo P4607

John Maley with horses during World War I. Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo P4607

Original grave of Driver John Henry Maley. Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo P4606

Original grave of Driver John Henry Maley. Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo P4606

Posted on March 24, 2017 .

Thomas Arthur Lewis - Lest We Forget

Thomas Arthur Lewis was born August 22, 1872 at Shropshire, England. He was the son of Thomas Lewis, born 1846 and Mary Lewis born 1843 in Wales. The Lewis family, consisting of Thomas and Mary and their eight children, arrived in Revelstoke around 1890 and started a dairy farm south of town.

Thomas Lewis signed his enlistment papers March 24, 1915 at Vancouver. His regimental number was 116236. His occupation was rancher. He was 42 years old, single, 5’ 10” tall with iron-grey hair and brown eyes. His religious affiliation at the time was Roman Catholic. His family was staunch Presbyterian, but Thomas had recently converted to Catholicism, following the example of his sister Susan, who had become a Catholic when she married local baker Alex Hobson.

The Revelstoke Museum and Archives has a copy of the Lewis family history in which Thomas’ letters home are reproduced. He is exceptionally literate and related very moving accounts of his life at the front. Because of his age and demeanor, he was looked upon as a father figure by the young men beside him and was a comforting, stabilizing influence upon them when under fire.

Thomas Lewis died August 21, 1917 during the battle for Hill 70. He was one day shy of his 45th birthday. At the time of his death he was a Private with the 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment. His body was never found or identified and his name is memorialized on the Vimy Memorial. His name is on both the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques.

The Revelstoke Review had this account of his death:

“Pte. Lewis was born in Wales Aug. 22nd, 1872, and came to Revelstoke some 28 years ago, and since that time Tom has been a familiar figure on the streets of Revelstoke. In his untimely death we have lost one of our earliest and best citizens.

 “The Boer war found Tom enlisted with the Strathcona Horse…When the war broke out in 1914 Tom was at home with his parents. Now growing old they needed the support of his strong arm in their declining years, but among the conflicting calls of duty his patriotic spirit saw the “Call of the Empire” above all others, and March 1915 found him enlisted with the 11th CMR’s bound with heart of hope to strike his best and to give his all if necessary for the cause of Freedom and Democracy, Truth and Right…Always a tower of moral strength among his fellows, his sterling worth shone out in times of stress…A noble patriot, a good son, a loving brother, a true friend and a worthy citizen is gone from our midst; yet the memory of just such faithfulness to duty, such heroism, such self-sacrifice as his will steel the rising generation to future greatness in well doing.

 “To the aged and lonely parents, and sorrow-stricken relatives of our respected townsman goes out the deepest sympathy of many old-time friends and though mourning with them in this time of universal grief, yet we envy them the richness of their gift to their country.”

A sad conclusion to his story is the fact that his father, Thomas Lewis Sr., died on November 1, 1917, at the age of 70,  just two and a half months after the death of Thomas Jr. His mother, Mary Lewis, died soon afterwards, on July 5, 1918, at the age of 75.

Posted on February 22, 2017 .

Carl Henry Lennard - Lest We Forget

Carl Henry Lennard, known as Henry, was born June 1897 in Sweden. He arrived in Canada in 1909 and was living in Albert Canyon by the time of the 1911 census. His father, Gust Lennard, was born December 1870 in Sweden. He arrived in Canada in 1910 and was working as a labourer for the CPR at Albert Canyon. At the time of the 1911 census his wife was not with him, but was there prior to 1914. Henry had a sister, Anna Nathalie, born December 1891 in Sweden. She arrived in Canada in 1909 with Henry. Henry’s brother, John Siegfried, was born December 1895 in Sweden and arrived in Canada in 1910 with his father. He died in Revelstoke in 1968. The rest of the family were also long time Revelstoke residents.

When war broke out in August 1914 Henry was with the 102nd RMR, the local militia for Revelstoke. He was assigned to bridge guard duties and was performing that duty when illness overtook him.

Carl Henry Lennard died December 19, 1914 of typhoid fever. He was 17 years old. He is buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. Although he did not get overseas his name is on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial Site which contains the names and burial sites of all of Canada’s fallen in all her wars. Henry was given a full military burial.  His name also appears on the Courthouse and Cemetery plaques as Leonard, C.H.

The local newspaper carried these items surrounding the death of Carl Henry Lennard:

“Word has been received of the sad death of Henry Lennard which occurred at the Kamloops hospital on Saturday of typhoid fever. Mr. Lennard used to drive one of C.B. Hume’s teams and made many friends while here. He was one of the boys to enlist when recruits were called for, and was sent to Six Mile Creek as one of the guards. He was taken ill while on duty, and taken to the Kamloops hospital where everything was done for him, but to no avail. His mother and sister were with him when he died.”

“Three Volleys and Last Post: Military Funeral for Carl Henry Lennard. Carl Henry Lennard was buried at Revelstoke Cemetery December 22, 1914, following full military funeral. He was with the 102nd regiment Rocky Mountain Rangers on guard duty at Beaver Crossing when he contracted typhoid fever. Rev. Lashley Hall officiated at the Methodist Church. His father, mother, brothers and sisters and his uncle C. Carlson came from Albert Canyon to attend the funeral. The pall bearers were members of the Home Guard: L.W. Wood, J.D. Sibbald Jr., R. Squarebriggs, George Hawker, C. Gordon and Harold Gordon. Mr. Lennard was a native of Sweden, 17 years old and was well known in Revelstoke where he had been employed by C.B. Hume & Co. There were many beautiful floral tributes.”

William Norman Legge - Lest We Forget

William Norman Legge was born January 31, 1888 in England. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William and Alice (Knowles) Legge of England. William, his father, mother, brothers Arthur and Edwin, and sister Mrs. J.S. (Gertrude) Field were living in Revelstoke in 1914. The brothers built a home on a 40 acre ranch at the base of Mount Revelstoke. 

William was working as a Locomotive Fireman with the Canadian Pacific Railroad out of the Revelstoke Division. William and Arthur both signed up with the First Contingent of Canadian Volunteers.  William Legge signed his enlistment papers September 19, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, the assembly point for Canada’s First Contingent of volunteer soldiers. His regimental number was 880. He was 26 years old, single, 5’ 7” tall with fair hair and blue eyes. He had tattoos on both forearms. His religious affiliation was Anglican.

William’s brother Arthur was one of the first persons mentioned in the local newspaper as suffering from shell shock.A.D. Legge had a nasty shock, a shell burst quite close to him, but after a day or so of rest he returned to his company looking pretty bad but now he is back to his usual high spirits.” After the war Arthur worked as a janitor at Selkirk School.

William Legge earned a Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1915. He had this to say about that incident in a letter back home.  “I did not get the D.C.M. at Plug St. Wood, but at Festubert on July 1st being hit in the hip, head, and arm; about 5 in the hip, one in the right arm, a very lucky one in the head; when I say lucky I mean it pierced the rim of my cap and came out right in the centre of the flat top of it just cutting my scalp lightly. I also had one that just missed my spine by a hairs breadth, the remainder were scattered over my back but they were awful small ones. There were about five of us hit by the same shell; two died. I got a trip to England and the others were just slight wounds. I was only in the hospital about seven weeks at first but was only out a few days when I had to return for a couple of months because I was rather more damaged than was first supposed.”

William Legge died July 6, 1917 in an accidental death at Shorncliffe, England. The report indicates that he died of bomb wounds during a practice. He was 29 years old. At the time of his death he was a Corporal in “C” Squadron, Royal Canadian Dragoons. He is buried at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent, UK.

The name of William Legge is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques. His name is inscribed on the Chancel Screen at St. Peter’s Anglican Church and is on the YMCA Honor Roll.

In August of 1919, the family home was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.

Andrew Emerson Lee - Lest We Forget

Andrew Emerson Lee was born March 20, 1872 at Frontenac, Quebec.  However, on the 1911 census form he claims 1867 as his year of birth. He worked as a lumberman and was living with his wife Sarah Lee on Fifth Street East. She was born in 1863 in England and came to Canada in 1890. In 1914, Sarah Lee was living on Powell Street in Vancouver. She was a visitor to Revelstoke during the war years. A daughter, Lottie, Mrs. W.J. Phillips, resided in Revelstoke.

Andrew Lee signed his enlistment papers on August 13, 1915 at Vernon. He was either 43 or 48 years old. His regimental number was 442570. He left on the H.M.T. Saxonia out of Halifax on November 22, 1915, arriving at Plymouth on December 1, 1915. Andrew Lee was married, 5’ 9” tall with dark hair and blue eyes. His religious affiliation was Anglican. He was one of around 100 Revelstoke men who enlisted with the 54th Battalion the spring and summer of 1915. His step-son, George Allen, also joined up for duty at the front. In June of 1916, Andrew qualified as a sniper.

In September of 1916 Mrs. Lee received word of the wounding of her son, Sergeant G. Allen, No. 2 Tunnelling Co. of the 54th Battalion. Mrs. Lee was also advised of the wounding of two nephews, Privates A. and F. Green, in the third battle of Ypres.

Andrew Lee died October 23, 1916 at the Somme. He was 44 or 49 years old, making him the oldest casualty from the Revelstoke area. At the time of his death he was a Private in the 54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario) Regiment.  He is buried at the Contay British Cemetery, France. His name is not inscribed on either the Courthouse or Cenotaph plaques. He is included in this memorial because he had worked in this area for some time prior to his enlistment, and his daughter, Lottie Lee Phillips, was still living in Revelstoke at that time.

In June of 1917 the local newspaper carried this account of an anti-conscription rally in Vancouver.  “Revelstoke Lady Assaulted at an Anti-Conscription Rally in Vancouver. At an anti-conscription rally three women were assaulted while they were singing the national anthem. One was quite elderly, Mrs. A. Lee, whose husband has been missing for some months from the battle front in France and whose son has just returned invalided home. The meeting had passed peacefully and when it had been declared adjourned the women stood and with about a quarter of the men in the audience began to sing the national anthem while the crowd filed out. Mrs. A. Lee was a resident of Revelstoke for many years. Her husband “Andy” Lee left with the 54th Battalion.”

Another tragedy hit the family on July 3, 1918, when William Joseph Phillips, locomotive fireman, died when the boiler of Engine 5759 exploded at the CPR yards at Revelstoke. Phillips was the husband of Lottie Lee Phillips, daughter of Andrew Lee. They had a young son at the time of Phillips' death.

John Arnold Pompei Lanzo - Lest We Forget

John Lanzo was born July 18, 1897 at Donald, B.C. His father, Joseph Lanzo, was born July 16, 1859 in Italy and came to Canada in 1889. His mother Maria (Colucci) Lanzo was born August 15, 1876 in Italy and came to Canada in 1895. John had three sisters and five brothers.

John Lanzo signed his enlistment papers October 25, 1917 at Revelstoke. His regimental number was 2022475. He was 20 years old, single, 5’ 6” tall with brown hair and grey-brown eyes. His religious affiliation was Roman Catholic. He worked on his family’s farm on Airport Way, just past Nichol Road.

John Lanzo died on August 7, 1919 in Revelstoke. The Review reported on his funeral in Revelstoke:

“John Lanzo has Military Funeral

 The many friends in the city of Pte. John Lanzo were pained last Saturday to hear of his untimely death at the age of 22 years, of spinal meningitis,

            Deceased, who had lived in the city nearly all his life, had made many friends in Revelstoke, having attended school here, and grown up with the city. He enlisted on March 31st, 1918, with a re-enforcement battalion at Vancouver, and went overseas shortly afterwards. He saw considerable fighting, and while not wounded, was gassed. He returned to Revelstoke two months ago. About two weeks ago he was taken to the hospital suffering from spinal meningitis, from which he never recovered, and passed away on Saturday.

            Besides his sorrowing parents, deceased leaves three sisters and five brothers to mourn his loss, the sisters being Misses Pauline, Elizabeth and Patricia and the brothers, Carman, Peter, Pellegrine (Vincent), Victor and Augustine.

            The funeral took place on Tuesday morning, the remains being taken from Howson’s Undertaking Parlors to St. Francis church at 9 o’clock, where services were conducted by Rev. Father McIntyre, the pall-bearers being three members of the 7th battalion, to which deceased was attached, namely C.A. Procunier, Jr., Fred McMahon, and J. Robertson, and three civilian friends of deceased, Peter Moran, Graham Cocoroch, and E.R. Bregolisse.

            At the grave a military service was held, the last post being sounded by Mr. Wesley Overton. The cortege was the largest seen in Revelstoke in years, and included about thirty members of the G.W.V.A., (Great War Veterans Association) marshaled by Dr. J.H. Hamilton.  A large number of automobiles and driving rigs were in line.

            The casket was draped throughout the ceremony with the Union Jack.”

John Lanzo is buried at the Mountain View Cemetery here in Revelstoke. Although his name is not on the Courthouse or Cenotaph plaques he was given a military funeral, his gravestone does have the Maple Leaf engraved on it, and he did die of effects from his war wounds almost a year after the end of the war. He is also listed on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial Site, which contains the list of all those who perished in Canada’s wars and his name is on the Pages of Remembrance for the year 1919. Relatives of the Lanzo family still live in Revelstoke.

The Lanzo family farm was located on Airport Way, just past Nichol Road. The A-Frame barn, built around 1916, was a local landmark for many years.

The Lanzo family farm was located on Airport Way, just past Nichol Road. The A-Frame barn, built around 1916, was a local landmark for many years.

Posted on November 24, 2016 .

Maitland Percival Lane - Lest We Forget

Maitland Percival Lane was born October 25, 1888 at Ashfield Township, Huron County, Ontario, Canada. His father was William Lane, Treasurer of the County of Huron. Maitland entered the service of the Bank of Commerce July 13, 1905. He was working as an accountant in the Revelstoke Branch of the bank when he enlisted. In July of 1915 he enlisted in an Officers Training Course and was appointed a Lieutenant with the 54th Battalion.

Maitland Percival Lane signed his enlistment papers September 4, 1915 at Vernon. He was 26 years old, single, 5’ 10” tall with brown hair and blue eyes. His religious affiliation was Anglican. He was transferred to the 29th Battalion in May 1916. He spent four months on the Somme campaign in 1916.

Maitland Percival Lane died on September 27, 1916 at the Somme. He was 27 years old. At the time of his death he was a Lieutenant with the 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment. He is buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, France.

The local newspaper of November 30, 1916 reported his death:

“Revelstoke Bank Clerk Killed - Vancouver, B.C., November 27th.  - Probate of the estate of the late Lieutenant Maitland Percival Lane was granted by Chief Justice Hunter last week. Letters from comrades read in court show that Lieutenant Lane was shot through the head by a German sniper while attacking a German position in a quarry in the Somme region on September 26, and that he was buried near the Somme. Lieutenant Lane served as accountant for the Bank of Commerce at Revelstoke and previously at Nelson. After obtaining his commission he joined the 54th battalion but was transferred after reaching England.”

The name of M.P. Lane is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques. His name is also inscribed on the Chancel Screen at St. Peter’s Anglican as well as the YMCA Honor Roll.

On November 17, 1921, a brass plaque was unveiled at the Revelstoke Bank of Commerce in honour of the members of the bank staff from Revelstoke who served in the Great War. Among the names is that of Maitland Percival Lane. This plaque is now housed in Revelstoke Museum and Archives.