John Frederick Lockyer

John Frederick Lockyer

Fate dealt a cruel blow to Gnr. John Frederick Lockyer. He had fought from the Battle of Normandy through to Holland and had seen much heavy action. From July until November, 1944, he served as a gunner in the 102nd Light Anti-Aircraft Battery, R.C.A. Then he moved from the front back to England for six weeks' infantry training. He returned to Holland with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and fought again until January 25, 1945, when he was stricken with coronary thrombosis and died in his slit trench on the battlefield near Nijmegen. He was 22 years of age. The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lockyer, he had a heritage of fine service. His father had been with the Imperial Army in India and South Africa, and the Mad Fourth Battalion, C.E.F., in France. Gnr. Lockyer was 18 when he enlisted in April, 1942. He was born in Brantford and had attended King George School and was a member of St. Jude's Church. Before his enlistment he was on the staff of T. E. Ryerson and Company's store and he had many friends who will remember the cheerful courtesy that marked his manner. He found a great deal of pleasure in hunting and skating.

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