Sergeant Reginald Lemon

Birth: June 17, 1890 in London, England
Death: August 15, 1917 in France
Service: WWI
Regimental Number: 463780

Reginald Lemon enlisted in Vernon on August 21, 1915 two weeks after his younger brother, George. Reginald was 25 years old and gave his occupation as policeman.  His next of kin was his wife, Lillie Susan, and at the time of enlistment they were living at 2177 West 13th Avenue, Vancouver. Reginald stated that his mother's address was Annie Lemon of Ladner. J.G. Lemon owned property in Ladner. Prior to his enlistment, Reginald had served for several years in the British Army, mostly with the 5th East Surrey Regiment.

On enlistment, Reginald joined the 62nd (Overseas) Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a private and embarked for England on April 1, 1916 on board the SS Baltic, arriving on April 10, 1916. He was promoted to acting Sergeant on April 9, 1916 and transferred to 3rd Pioneer Battalion July 28 1916, arriving at the trenches on the following day. His rank of Sergeant was confirmed on August 20, 1916 and he was transferred to the 7th Battalion May 8, 1917. Reginald was killed in action on August 15, 1917. It appear as if his wife had returned to England during his time in France, and was residing in Wimbledon at the time of his death. She received a war gratuity of $100, the memorial cross, plaque and scroll and his mother, Annie Lemon, also received the memorial cross from the Canadian government.

History of the Road Name (Lemon Avenue):

  • Council Resolution to list as potential road name: January 8, 1990
  • Council Resolution to adopt road name: More research needed
  • Note: Unclear as to whether Lemon Avenue is named after the Lemon family generally, or either or both of the Lemon brothers killed in WWI