Lambton at War

Lambton Shores, Formerly Bosanquet Township (Arkona)

The First World War

Roland Milton Wight


Roland Milton Wight, was born on 2nd February, 1897, Warwick Tp., Lambton Co., Ontario.  He reported to service and had a medical examination on 13 October 1917 in Sarnia, Ontario.  He enlisted at 20 years and 7 months on June 14, 1918 with W.O.R. (Western Ontario Region) and his Regimental Number was 3138681.  Roland was discharged by a Medical Board, London Ontario, 14 June 1918.  Roland was a soldier at the time of World War I but he didn’t go overseas.

Roland was single, Methodist and a farmer.  His address was R.R.No.2 Thedford, Ontario (where he lived most of his life).

The Canadian Expeditionary Force–Certificate of Leave of Absence without Pay granting Roland Milton Wight conditional leave of absence without pay until Sep 21, 1918.

“I understand that I am to report to the Officer Commanding Military District at London, Ont. on the first day of January, April, July and October in each year…signed Roland Milton Wight

Certificate granted 10 day of August 1918 — Harvest leave to work on farm of Frank Wight, Thedford, Ont., R.R.#2.   Signed R.D. Black, Officer Commanding

Stamp — With Permission to Wear Civilian Clothes while working on the farm

Roland Wight lived a long life as a farmer.  His uniform was in a closet at his house, folded in a cardboard box with pieces of cedar.


~ Story told by Linda Koolen, granddaughter of Roland Wight