Canadian Virtual War Memorial

George Lawrence Price

In memory of:

Private George Lawrence Price

November 11, 1918

Mons, Belgium

Military Service


Service Number:

256265

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)

Division:

28th Battalion

Additional Information


Born:

December 15, 1892
Falmouth, Nova Scotia

Enlistment:

October 15, 1917
Regina, Saskatchewan

Son of James E. and Annie R Price of Port Williams, Kings County, Nova Scotia. Private George Lawrence Price is believed to be the last Canadian soldier to die in battle during the First World War. He died at Mons, Belgium, about 2 minutes before the signing of the Armistice. He was originally buried in Havre Old Communal Cemetery.

Commemorated on Page 487 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ST. SYMPHORIEN MILITARY CEMETERY
Belgium

Grave Reference:

V. C. 4.

Location:

ST. SYMPHORIEN MILITARY CEMETERY is located 2 km east of Mons on the N90 a road leading to Charleroi. On reaching St Symphorien the right hand turning from the N90 leads onto the Rue Nestor Demon. The ST. SYMPHORIEN MILITARY CEMETERY lies 200 metres along the the Rue Nestor Demon.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Paying respects – The Governor General along with other dignitaries, attended the inauguration of a monument in honour of Private Price. The monument is located in Ville-sur-Haine, in the Municipality of Le Roeulx, where he fell on November 11, 1918. In the name of all Canadians, the Governor General lay a wreath on the monument on November 10, 2018.
  • Wreath Laying ceremony – The Governor General along with other dignitaries, attended the inauguration of a monument in honour of Private Price. The monument is located in Ville-sur-Haine, in the Municipality of Le Roeulx, where he fell on November 11, 1918, about two minutes before the signing of the Armistice. In the name of all Canadians, the Governor General lay a wreath on the monument on November 10, 2018.
  • Paying respects – The Governor General along with other dignitaries, laid a flowers and a wreath  on the tomb of Private Price at the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery on Nov 10, 2018. Private George Lawrence Price, of the Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment), fell on November 11, 1918, about two minutes before the signing of the Armistice.
  • Memorial – The original plaque dedicated to the memory of private George Lawrence Price was inaugurated on 11 November 1968 by Colonel McIntyre (who commanded the 28th Canadian Infantry Battalion) in the presence of many surviving members of Company A. It was placed on the facade of the house he came out of when he was fatally shot. The building was demolished in the 1980s to allow widening the canal and the plaque was affixed to a memorial located almost in front of the place where he was shot.
  • d’École George Price – On 24 April 2015, l’école communale de Ville-sur-Haine was renamed d’École George Price. At 10:57am, November 11, 1918 Price was fatally shot by a sniper as he left a house. He was pulled inside and tented to by a young Belgian girl, but he died at 10: 58am, two minutes before the ceasefire! One of the teachers of Ville-sur-Haine collected a fabric flower that he carried in one of his pockets. This velvet maple flower, stained with blood, was placed under glass with these words: «On this November 11, 1918, at the ultimate moment when peace was signed, you fell for us, the last victim of a sad conflict. Thank you, George Price! A drop of your blood was spilled on this simple flower that you hid on your chest».
  • George Price memorial bridge – The George Price memorial bridge, located behind the George Price monument was named after Price in 1991, by a vote. The bridge is located near the George Prince kindergarten, the George Price primary school, and the footbridge.
  • George Price memorial bridge – The George Price memorial bridge, located behind the George Price monument was named after Price in 1991, by a vote. On November 10, 2018, a plaque was unveiled beside the George Price memorial bridge, which is located near the George Prince kindergarten, the George Price primary school, and the footbridge, Chaussée de Mons, 7070 Ville-sur-Haine, Le Roeulx.
  • Memorial – The original plaque dedicated to the memory of private George Lawrence Price was inaugurated on 11 November 1968 by Colonel McIntyre (who commanded the 28th Canadian Infantry Battalion) in the presence of many surviving members of Company A. It was placed on the facade of the house he came out of when he was fatally shot. The building was demolished in the 1980s to allow widening the canal and the plaque was affixed to a memorial located almost in front of the place where he was shot.
  • Cemetery – George Price's grave is on the right of the photo, with two Canadian flags planted in front.  
On the left, the young man in the photo is standing in front of the grave of John Parr, the first British soldier killed in the Great War, on the 21st of August, 1914.
Hence, the first British soldier killed in action (Parr) and the last (Price) are buried just metres apart from one another.
  • Attestation Papers – CEF Attestation p1 (P2 not displayed). Source of image  Library Archives Canada
  • Photo of George Lawrence Price – Last Canadian killed in action World War 1.

Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of George Lawrence Price – Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of George Lawrence Price
  • Paying respects – George Price’s original grave at Havre Old Communal Cemetery, which was later moved to St Symphorien in 1948.  Photo appeared in the 1938 publication ‘The Great War - I Was There’ showing the grave of Pte G.L. Price, 28th Canadians, killed at 10:58 am on 11/11/18, Armistice Day. Price was the last Canadian and Commonwealth soldier to die in WW1. The man with hat in hand paying his respects is unknown, but may have been a fellow soldier or a family member.
  • Memorial Plaque – Memorial Plaque for George Lawrence Price. The Price family of Port Williams NS, donated the plaque, his British War medal and his Victory medal, awarded posthumously, to the Kentville branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in the 1960’s or 70’s. In July 2016, the Kentville Legion, with the support of Price’s descendants, donated his medals and memorial plaque to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa where they now appear as part of the First World War Gallery.
  • Medals – British War Medal and Victory Medal awarded posthumously to George Lawrence Price. The Price family of Port Williams NS, donated his medals and plaque to the Kentville branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in the 1960’s or 70’s. In July 2016, the Kentville Legion, with the support of Price’s descendants, donated these artifacts to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa where they now appear as part of the First World War Gallery.
  • Memorial – The Price Memorial at Ville Sur Haine, Mons where he was killed 11th Novemeber 1918
  • Grave Marker – Grave marker of G.L. Price located in the St Symphorien Cemetery in Belgium.
  • Original Headstone – Original headstone for Private George Price from the Havre Old Community Cemetery, now in the Mons Museum in Belgium.
  • Grave Marker – George Lawrence Price gravestone in Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium. Price was initially buried in the village of Havré near Mons, in the Havre Old Communal Cemetery and later transferred to his final resting place.

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