According to his attestation papers dated January 12, 1916 at Mimico, Lionel James Ferrie, Mimico Beach, was born on July 18, 1896 at York, Yorkshire, England. He listed his father James Ferrie, Mimico Beach as his next of kin. He was an insurance clerk and was a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 19 years old and stood 6 feet tall. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a Methodist.
His brother Douglas also enlisted.