Captain Ernest Ewen Locke

Date of Birth: 10 December 1884

Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec

Residence: Montreal, Quebec

Nok: J.C. Locke, Vernon, BC (Father)

Trade: Physician

Attestation date: 03 December 1915

Previous military service: none

Unit: Canadian Army Medical Corps

Status: Survived - died 22 March 1957


Details of service:

Captain Locke was transferred to the 23rd Reserve Battalion on 06 January 1917, upon disbandment of the 117th Battalion. He remained with the 23rd Reserve Battalion until 24 January 1917 when he was transferred to the 242nd Battalion at Witley. On 31 January 1917, Capt Locke was transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps as Medical Officer. He reported for duty in France on 04 February 1917.

While in France, Capt Locke was extremely busy carrying out duties as Medical Officer for several different units. Although he was posted to the Canadian Army Medical Corps, he was attached to 4th Canadian Divisional Ammunition Column, 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance, 87th Battalion, 13th Canadian Field Ambulance, No 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, and 11th Canadian Engineer Battalion. Captain Locke was in France from 04 February 1917 until 09 May 1919.

Captain Locke, however, was also suffering the effects of Neurosis believed to have occurred in March 1918 after the train he was travelling on was bombed. It was thought that he was working too hard as he only had three days leave from 26-29 January 1917 and none since he was in France. He was given a month to recover but remained in France.

Capt Locke returned to England on 09 May 1919. In March 1919, he suffered another Neurosis relapse while at Witley. Another relapse occurred in June 1919. After a few months of rest in a London hospital, Capt Locke was released on 31 July 1919.

Capt Locke decided to retire in the Britain and was discharged from the CEF on 13 September 1919. His medals were forwarded to his wife who was still residing in New York City. It is not known if they ever reunited.

Capt Locke - now Major Locke did return to the Eastern Townships at least during 1956 as he was listed as President of the 117th Battalion Association for that year. It is unknown at this time when he returned from Britain.

At the time of attestation Capt Locke was married to Elinora Locke who was residing in New York City. They did not have any children.