Corporal John Lacey, his wife Lizzie, son Alex, and Maggie Kelly

Corporal John Lacey, his wife Lizzie, son Alex, and Maggie Kelly

The Brisbane Courier of 27th February 1901 reported “…A reception was accorded to the returned soldiers of the Upper North Pine district, who had served at the frontnamely, Corporal J. Lacey, Private E. Lacey, and Private E. Michael, last week.  One division of D Company, to which the returned men belonged, fell in at

8 p.m., and formed an arch by catching hands, under which the boys marched into the hall, with Corporal Lacey in the lead.  When entering the hall they were welcomed in real good style.  After partaking of refreshments, provided by the ladies, which were greatly appreciated by all, a toast list was gone through, and the rest of the evening was devoted to a social reunion, songs and dancing being indulged into until daylight.” 

John and Ernest Lacey were brothers.  Another brother, Albert Victor Lacey, also served in the Boer War as did John’s oldest son, William James Lacey  Their brother-in-law was Captain James Kinkead Berry who had two tours of duty, firstly with the 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen, and secondly with the 1st Australian Commonwealth Horse.