According to his attestation papers dated April 16, 1915 at Hamilton, Charles Lomas was born on July 27, 1896 in Derbyshire, England. He listed his mother L. Lomas, Stop 13, Lakeshore Road, Mimico as his next of kin. He indicated that he was a butcher by trade and that he was a member of the 36th Peel Regiment. He was 19 years and 6 months of age and 5 feet 11 inches tall. He had a scar on his left breast and a birthmark on the left side of his neck. There is a note that his teeth were to be fixed? He was a member of the Church of England.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as living with his mother Louisa J Lomas on the east side of the Lakeshore Road. His occupation is listed as a teamster. Next to his mother's name is listed the "Mimico Battery & Tire Co." Perhaps this was a business that she ran on the Lakeshore Road?