Memorial Plaque - 2nd Canadian Infantry
(CHRIS RAILTON LOCKYER). Very crisp detail, maker marked "W" in a circle on the reverse, beautiful patina, scratches on the bottom of the naming plate and above the lion's head, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a CD containing eleven pages with copies of his Roll Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records and Medical Records, along with assorted hardcopy research papers. Footnote: Chris Railton Lockyer was born on January 9, 1898 in Middlesex, England, the son of George William and Martha Lockyer. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 80th Battalion on November 11, 1915 in Picton, Ontario, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Farmer. For one reason or another, the 80th Battalion left for England on May 16, 1916 without Lockyer. 220219 Private Lockyer was then shifted to the 155th Battalion "Quinte Battalion", which was raised in the Counties of Hastings and Prince Edward, Ontario with mobilization headquarters at Barriefield under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. He achieved the rank of Corporal on February 21, 1916, reverting to Private on May 31st for one day, before returning to Corporal on June 1st. The 155th Battalion sailed October 18, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel M.K. Adams with a strength of 29 officers and 826 other ranks, including the newly ranked Acting Lance Sergeant Lockyer. They arrived in England aboard the S.S. Northland on October 28th. He reverted to his original rank of Private on December 5th and was transferred to the 2nd Battalion the same day, joining them in the field on the 6th. Lockyer found himself attached to the Field Company, Canadian Engineers on January 25, 1917, until February 1st, when he rejoined the 2nd Battalion. One month later, on March 1st, he was sentenced to three days Field Punishment No. 2 and was placed under stoppage of pay to the extent of twenty shillings, to make good on the loss of one pair of ankle boots, their value being twenty shillings. Lockyer was Killed In Action on August 17, 1917 in the trenches northeast of Loos. He is remembered with honour at the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War, the majestic and inspiring Vimy Memorial, which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as "missing, presumed dead" in France.