Regimental number: 844725, Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box: 5333 – 17, Item: 506624, PDF: 5333-S017. Date of Birth: 16/04/1897, at Chatham, ON. The son of Joseph Lamb, of 211 Cameron St., Sarnia, ON. A single truck driver. Previous military experience with the 27th Regt. at Sarnia, ON. Attestation: 21/12/1915 at Sarnia, ON., to the 149th Bn. overseas, age 18 years, 5’ 9 1/2” .
While training at Camp Borden he was reported AWOL on four occasions between December 1915 and January 1916 covering twelve days absence.
In August of 1916 he was complaining of a chronic ankle problem. A problem that he had for over seven years prior to his enlistment, likely due to being runover by a farm wagon in Chatham. He had a stiff ankle and was unable to walk without a cane. A “Medical Board” was convened at Camp Borden 26/08/16 and reported that he was suffering from “Chronic Synovitis” [a deformity of the Mitarsal Bonus of the left foot which was an injury to the synoval membrane in the ankle synovitis, which can become inflaned causing pain and swelling caused by a injury or overuse].
As a result of the Medical Board ruled that Pte. J. W. Lamb was Medically Unfit for service and was discharged 26/08/16.