Stanlake, Roy Wesley: Service no. 845293

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per post by Allan Miller at the 161st Huron Battalion Facebook Group.


Summary of Service[i] for Private Roy Welsey Stanlake, reg. no. 845293

June 6, 1896BornBorn Huron Township to Mr. Henry and Mrs. Katharine Stanlake.
January 11, 1916EnlistedEnlisted at Thedford, Ontario with the 149th Battalion. He was a 18-year, 7-month old farmer standing 5’4.5” tall. His chest was 34.5” with an expansion of 1/5”. He weights 145 lbs. He had a fair complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. He had no prior military experience and listed his father, Henry Stanlake of Grand Bend, as his next-of-kin. He also lived in Grand Bend. He is a Methodist.
June 14, 1916Absent Without LeaveAWL per DO 155. Forfeits 2-days pay. Probably absent for 2-days/
October 18, 1916AWLAWL per DO 248. Forfeits 3-days pay. Probably absent for 3-days/
November 16 to 28AdmittedMilitary Hospital, London, Ontario for herpes. Recovers.
January 13, 1917Completed FormCompletes Particulars of Family of an Officer or Man Enlisted in C.E.F. He indicates his father and mother are alive and he has no insurance.
March 25, 1917EmbarksEmbarks Halifax
March 28, 1917Unit Sails 
April 7, 1917DebarksDebarks Liverpool, England.
April 7, 1917Taken On Strength TOS 25th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.
June 1, 1917Posted and TOSPosted to 161st Battalion, OMFC. Witley Camp.
January 1, 1918Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to a Mr. Alvin Stanlake, 277 Beverly Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba (a relative?). Address is later changed to General Hospital, Winnipeg.
February 28, 1918Proceeds OverseasProceeds overseas for service with the 18th Battalion. Arrives 2nd Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples.
March 15, 1918Arrives 18th BattalionArrives “in the field” with the 18th Battalion.   The War Diary relates that date:   Le Pendu, France   Company inspections of rifles and equipment. Summarized training as per syllabus attached. 91 ors arrived from 5th Canadian Division arrived as reinforcements. 2 ors returned from hospital. Recreational training in football, baseball etc during afternoon.
April 2, 1918WoundedWounded. GSW scrotum and right foot.   The Battalion War Diary relates:   [Neuville Vitasse]   Position as shown yesterday. There was no shelters in any of the trenches for the men, so funk holes were dug and improved as opportunities occurred.   In answer to S.O.S. on our left flank we opened up a heavy barrage on Enemy front and support lines, which drew retaliation from the enemy. We suffered several casualties. Lieut. G.N. TUCKER being wounded. 3 ors. killed in action. 30 wounded.   Owing to erratic shelling by the enemy it was impossible to keep telegraphic communication with each company but this communication was kept up with Brigade H.Q. with the exception of short intervals. Communication to companies was done by Runners working at night but some dangerous trips were made during daylight, part of the way being overland in direct view of the enemy, and over ground continually swept by M.G. fire.
April 4, 1918TransferredTransferred to No. 16. General Hospital.
April 18, 1918TransferredTransferred to No. 3 Convalescent Depot.
April 23, 1918DischargedDischarged to “Base”. Arrived 2nd Canadian Infantry Depot. Dispatched that day to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.
August 14, 1918TransferredTransferred to 8th Battalion. SOS 18th Battalion.
August 15, 1918TOSTOS 8th Battalion and joined unit.
August 31, 1918NYDAdmitted No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance. Gas and concussion.
September 1, 1918AdmittedAdmitted No. 4 CFA. NYD. Concussion.
September 12, 1918Returns to UnitReturns unit to duty.
October 12, 1918SOSSOS 8th Battalion and transferred to 18th Battalion.
January 20, 1919Granted LeaveGranted leave to England.
February 12, 1919AdmittedAdmitted Canadian Hospital, Etchinghill, Lyminge. VDG.
February 13, 1919TOS TOS from 18th Battalion to Western Ontario Regimental Depot, Witley, England “whilst he was on leave from France.” Admitted to hospital.
April 15, 1919DischargedDischarged hospital.
May 7, 1919Medical ExaminationMedical examination for leaving military service.
May 14, 1919SOSSOS from WORD to Military District 1. Ripon, England.
May 14, 1919Dental Examination 
May 15, 1919SOSSOS to CCC, Rhyl, England.
May 20, 1919SOSSOS to WORD, Rhyl, England.
May 20, 1919AdmittedAdmitted to Military Hospital, Kimmel Park. Scabies.
May 26. 1919Discharged 
May 28, 1919SOSSOS to N Wing, Witley, England.
May 29, 1919SOSSOS to S Wing, Witley, England.
July 3, 1919SOSSOS to Canada.
July 12, 1919DemobilizedDemobilized at London, Ontario. Discharge documents indicate he will be living in Sarnia, Ontario in [Stewart] Street.
March 31, 1922Change of AddressCard notating that this soldier’s address changed form 226 Stuart Street, Sarnia, Ontario to Grand Bend, Ontario.
Post 1922Emigrates to the United States. 
September 23, 1973DiesDies at Marshall County, Minnesota. Interned at Greenwood Cemetery, Warren, Marshall County, Minnesota, USA.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DODaily Orders
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
NYDNot Yet Determined
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
OMFCOverseas Military Forces Canada
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

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