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Personal Details
Date of BirthDecember 13, 1890
Place of BirthSt. Germans, Cornwall
CountryEngland
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMr. H. Lord and Mrs. C. Lord; mother; Stennack, Camberne, Cornwall, England
Trade / CallingCarpenter
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number18055
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion9th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentValcartier, Quebec
Address at EnlistmentBank of Montreal Sarcee Camp, Calgary, Alberta (June 24, 1918)
Date of EnlistmentSeptember 22, 1914
Age at Enlistment23
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathNovember 20, 1977
Age at Death87
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot4W-2-3

Lord, Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas Lord was born on 13 December 1890 in St. Germans, Cornwall, England.   His parents were Henry and Elizabeth Lord.   Siblings included William Austin, Mary and Christianna.   Henry lived with his parents until immigrating to Canada on 08 June 1912.   He was a carpenter and was heading for Saskatchewan.

World War 1 began in August of 1914 and Henry was one of the first to answer the call for service.   He enlisted at Valcartier, Quebec on 22 September 1914 and was placed with the 9th Battalion, A Company #18055.   He served three years and six months earning a Military Medal and a Military Cross while with the 3rd Infantry Battalion.   His Award Citation Card indicates he got the Military Medal on 11 October 1916:

‘This N.C.O. has been in France since 19 Feb. 1915 and has done consistently good work and as a battalion bomber for the past 10 months has performed gallant and valuable service.’

In November 1917 the notation for his Military Cross says:

‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.   After three officers in succession had become casualties, owing to a prolonged trench mortar bombardment of his company’s position in preparation for an enemy raid, he so controlled the remaining men that the advancing enemy was met with steady fire and driven off leaving dead before PTO.’

Lieutenant Henry Thomas returned to Canada on 01 March 1918 with a gunshot wound to his left thigh.   On 24 June 1918 he signed his Officers’ Declaration Papers at Sarcee Camp, Calgary, Alberta and was considered fit for duty with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force as a Battalion officer.   Henry went back overseas until April 1919. He finished the war with the rank of Captain.

Upon his discharge, Henry returned to working on the CPR.   He married Florence Wilson and had three children, Betty, Gladys and Donald.   In 1936 he was transferred to Kenora, Ontario and became active in community affairs, services and fraternal organizations.   He worked as a bridge and building master with the CPR until his retirement in 1956.

Henry died on 20 November 1977 in Kenora and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery.

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