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Lewis Edward Lavelle was born on Decembet [December] 1, 1892 in Durham, Ontario. He signed his Particulars of a Recruit Drafted Under Military Act, 1917 Paper on October 4, 1917 at No. 1 Military District Depot in London, Ontario, naming his father, James Lavelle of Stratford, Ontario as his next-of-kin, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was single and that his trade was that of Bookkeeper and Stenographer. Lavelle embarked Canada on April 16, 1918, arriving in England on the 28th. Upon arrival, he was transferred to the 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion at Witley. After five months of training and orientation, he was struck off strength to the 18th Infantry Battalion on September 4, 1918, arriving at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on the 9th. Two days later, he was transferred to the 3rd Infantry Battalion on the 11th, taken on strength in the field at Etaples, France on the 12th. Lavelle served six months in the French theatre and upon the ceasing of hostilities, he proceeded to England on March 22, 1919. He was struck off strength to Canada at Bramshott on April 14th, proceeeding to Canada on the 15th aboard the S.S. Olympic on the 16th. Lavelle was discharged upon demobilization at No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario on April 24, 1919, with his proposed residence stated as Stratford.