This accession consists of a First World War discharge certificate belonging to Louis Lenick, as well as a photograph of Lennick taken later in life. The certificate is made of linen with writing on the front and the back. It was issued by the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces. The photograph features Lennick dressed in a suit, standing in front of Temple Sinai in Toronto.
This document was housed in a plastic bag and carried in Louis' wallet for his entire life. It was donated to the Archives by his daughter Blanche Lewis, via her son Richard Lewis.
Louis Lenick (1887-1975) was born in Poland on 19 Sept. 1887. He immigrated to Canada around 1911 and later sent for his wife Frances (nee Berg) Lenick. Together they had five children: Faye, Idy, Blanche, Lily and Dave.
Louis enlisted in the army in 1913 and was stationed at Camp Borden. He never made it overseas before being discharged due to his chronic rheumatism, which he contracted from sleeping in army tents on the damp ground. This was the reason for his discharge from the army for being medically unfit.
Louis is listed on the document as living at 62 D'arcy Street and being a horse driver at the time of his discharge on 28 Aug. 1916. He later worked in various positions at Tip Top Tailors.