Harry Banford Graham

Harry Banford Graham

L/Cpl. Harry Banford Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Graham, 53 Queen St., Paris, was killed in action July 5, 1944, at Carpiquet, on the Caen-Falaise Road, fighting with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in one of the most bitter battles in the Normandy campaign. The gallant soldier was laid to rest with other Canadians in the military cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, Normandy. Born in Paris, August 28, 1917, Harry received his education at the Public and High Schools there and was presented with the Strathcona Trust Medal in 1931. He joined the Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles, N.P.A.M., in the spring of 1939 and in the following year was sent to Ottawa where, after successfully completing a course, he returned home with the rank of sergeant and was attached to the staff of instructors. In July, 1941, he enlisted with the Active Army and was posted to the Lorne Scots. After six weeks' training, he was moved to England as a sergeant-instructor. For the next three years he continued in these duties until in June of 1944, just before D-Day, he reverted to the ranks and was transferred to the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He took part in the invasion of Normandy and fought and died in that first terrible month. L/Cpl. Graham was a member of St. Paul's United Church. He is survived by his widow and a son, Roger.

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