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Henry Lorne McFadyen

In memory of:

Private Henry Lorne McFadyen

November 10, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)


18th Bn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Additional Information


March 16, 1894

Son of Ronald McFadyen and his wife Margaret Jameson, of Cambray, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 282 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

I. C. 33.


Tyne Cot Cemetery is located 9 Km north east of Ieper town centre on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The cemetery itself lies 700 meters along the Tynecotstraat on the right hand side of the road. Tyne Cot or Tyne Cottage was the name given by the Northumberland Fusiliers to a barn which stood near the level crossing on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road. Three of these blockhouses still stand in the cemetery; the largest, which was captured on 4 October 1917 by the 3rd Australian Division, was chosen as the site for the Cross of Sacrifice by King George V during his pilgrimage to the cemeteries of the Western Front in Belgium and France in 1922. The Tyne Cot Cemetery is now the resting-place of nearly 12,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces, the largest number of burials of any Commonwealth cemetery of either world war.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Biography– McFadyen, Henry Lorne
He enlisted as a private with the 111th Battalion and went overseas and a Lance corporal. In England he became Sergeant Major. But he reverted to the ranks to go to France.
He was born at Hartley, Ontario and taught school at Baden before enlisting.
He was awarded the D.C.M. for devotion to duty as a stretcher-bearer.
He enlisted at Galt, April 1, 1916.
He is the son of Ronald McFadyen, Hartley, Ontario.

Source: Kitchener Public Library
  • Newspaper Clipping– For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer. After a raid he found himself isolated with several wounded men in a shell hole close to the enemy's lines for a period of two days and a night. During this time, with splendid and unselfish devotion, he deprived himself of his clothing to make his wounded comrades more comfortable, and eventually brought them back to our lines safely, although in an exhausted condition himself.

Source: The London Gazette Publication date:19 October 1917 Supplement:30346 Page:10869
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Circumstances of Death Register: "Killed in Action." He was killed by an enemy shell which exploded very close to him.
  • Roll of Honour– "This Roll of Honour has been prepared as a permanent tribute to those men of the teaching profession in Ontario, who enlisted in connection with the Great War."  Source:  The Roll of Honour of the Ontario Teachers Who Served in the Great War 1914-1918 (The Ryerson Press: Toronto, 1922).   The 1914-1918 Roll of Service for Ontario Teachers contains 851 names.  101 died as a result of their military service.  The information on this Honour Roll may differ from other sources as it was compiled by the Department of Education in Toronto, Ontario, from "...varied and numerous sources, that mistakes are inevitable."
  • Grave Marker– Photo Courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England
  • Cemetery
  • Cross of Sacrifice
  • Grave marker

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