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Bobier, Lawrence (L.)

Rank Private
Service # 799141
Unit # 48th, Highland
Resident Ridgetown
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Regimental number: 799141, Reference:  RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 837 – 33, Item 49928. Date of Birth: 23/03/1896 at Ridgetown, ON., the son of John Bobier. Lawrence was reported as living at 126 Herbert Street, Toronto, ON. a student.

Private Lawrence Bobier trained two years with the Ridgetown Collegiate Institute Cadets, and one year with the 24th. Kent Regiment.

Attestation 14/01/1916 age of 19 years, with the 134th Overseas Battalion and transferred to the  [48th Highlanders]. He went to France with the 15th Battalion.

While serving in France he received a gunshot wound (GSW) to the right knee at the battle of Vimy Ridge, 9/04/1917. Confirmed as a casualty of the 15th Battalion a result of a machine gun. The machine gun bullet entered just above the front of the right patella and exited above the femur inner front of the thigh. He was admitted to hospital 18/04/17 at Leicester.

After surgery and some convulsing he was moved to Woodcote for rehabilitation. He was then transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital Granville, Derbyshire arriving there 13/12/17 for more care to the GSW, his knee was “weak and unsteady under the weight of his body”. It was determined that the scar was causing the problem and more surgery was required. After that it was determined that his boot would have to be modified 1/3” higher and at the side of the heel as well. It was also recommended that he take more drill and P.T. to strengthen the leg.

He was traumatized while in the Ramsgate hospital which was bombed by the Germans. He sent for a mental evaluation after which he recovered but was discharged as medically unfit for service 8/11/1918. His post discharge pay was $100.10.

Lawrence passed away in 1959.




Sources IODE(N), Chatham Daily Planet (21-04-1916), LAC
Race White
Birthplace Ridgetown, Ontario
Religion Anglican
Last Place of Employment Student
Marital Status Single
When Enlisted January 14th, 1916
Where Enlisted Toronto, Ontario
Next of Kin Father- John Bobier, Ridgetown, Ontario.

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