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George Lawrence Price

George Lawrence Price
Born (1892-12-15)December 15, 1892
Falmouth, Nova Scotia
Died November 11, 1918(1918-11-11) (aged 25)
Ville-sur-Haine, Belgium
Buried at St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons, Belgium ()
Allegiance Canada / British Empire
Service/branch Canadian Corps (Army)
Years of service 1917–18
Rank Private
Unit 28th 'Northwest' Battalion Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment) aka. 'the Nor'westers'
Battles/wars Amiens, Cambrai, & the 'Pursuit to Mons'

Private George Lawrence Price (Regimental Number: 256265) (December 15, 1892 – November 11, 1918) was a Canadian soldier. He is traditionally recognized as the last soldier of the British Empire to be killed during the First World War.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • November 11, 1918 2
  • Memorials 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

He was born in Falmouth, Nova Scotia, on December 15, 1892, and raised on Church Street, in what is now Port Williams, Nova Scotia. He lived in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, when he was conscripted on October 15, 1917.[1] He served with "A" Company of the 28th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

November 11, 1918

On November 11, Pte Price was part of an advance to take the small village of sniper[2] as he stepped out of the house into the street, against contrary advice from a house occupant, at 10:58 a.m., November 11, 1918. He died just 2 minutes before the armistice ceasefire, that ended the war, came into effect at 11 a.m.[3]

Memorials

Memorial dedicated to the regiment of the British Expeditionary Force which took part in actions near Mons (Belgium).

Price was buried in

  • George Lawrence Price, Find A Grave 
  • Private George Lawrence Price, Last Man Killed in WWI (MS Word Doc), NW Battalion .
  • George Price (article), Commonwealth War Graves Commission .
  • Pte. Price's monument & bridge in Ville-sur-Haine (image), Wikimapia .
  • Study Group Blog on George Lawrence Price, Canadian Expeditionary Force . Contains eyewitness account of Price's death.

External links

  1. ^ a b George Price, Web matters, retrieved 13 November 2010  Contains photographs of canal, monument and plaque.
  2. ^ Bridger, Geoff (2009). The Great War Handbook. Barnsley: Pen & Sword. p. 182.  
  3. ^ "November 11, 1918: The Last Hours, The Last Man". NW Battalion. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  4. ^ "Casualty Details: Price, George Lawrence".  
  5. ^ Lichfield, John (November 8, 2008). "Two soldiers linked in death by a bizarre coincidence". The Independent (London). 
  6. ^ Le Clercq, Jean, Le Rœulx: le village de Ville-sur-Haine (in French), Belgium, retrieved 13 November 2010 . Contains photographs of bridge and monument, and record (in English) by Price's nephew George Barkhouse as guest at the naming of the bridge.

References

  • Augustin Trébuchon, last French soldier killed in World War I, 10:45 a.m. November 11, 1918

See also

[6] In 1991, the town of

The Town of Ville-sur-Haine, Belgium recently renamed their elementary school in memory of Private George Lawrence Price. Canadian Ambassador to Belgium, Denis Robert attended the official ceremony to unveil the new name, “École George Price”, above the entrance to the school.

The house has since been torn down, but the plaque has been placed on a brick and stone monument near the site where the house originally stood, and thus still near the place where he fell.[1]

To the memory of 256265 Private George Lawrence Price, 28th North West Battalion, 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division, killed in action near this spot at 10.58 hours, November 11th, 1918, the last Canadian soldier to die on the Western Front in the First World War. Erected by his comrades, November 11th, 1968.

In 1968, on the 50th anniversary of his death and the armistice surviving members of his company traveled to Ville-sur-Haine and a memorial plaque was placed onto a wall of a house near the location of his death. The inscription, in English and then in French, reads in English:

[5]

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