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Lorne Earle Munro D.F.C.
When word was received on April 2, 1945, that F/L Lorne Earle (Hank) Munro, D.F.C., was missing after air operations over Hamburg, Germany, Brantford lost one of its most brilliant athletes. From his Collegiate Institute days he had excelled in rugby and basketball, contributing much to the success of the school teams. After his graduation he turned to lacrosse, a game he had learned here as a boy, and played for Orillia, Ont., and the Salmonbellies of Vancouver, B.C., when those teams won the Canadian Senior Lacrosse championship. So well did he play that he was regarded as a leader in the pastime during the last decade. He was born near Mountain Village in Dundas County, Ontario, August 15, 1912, When quite young, he moved to Brantford with his family and was educated at King Edward and Alexandra Schools and graduated from the Collegiate Institute. He was a good student, excelling particularly in mathematics, so that when he enlisted in the R.C.A.F., in August, 1942, it was only natural he should become a student navigator. He graduated from the No. 5 A.O.S., Manitoba, and received his commission after a distinguished class record. He was posted overseas in October, 1943, and was attached to the Pathfinder Squadron of the Bomber Command. Before his enlistment he was employed for some time with the Bell Telephone Company of Canada. He made more than 40 operational trips over enemy territory, and in May, 1945, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for great gallantry in the performance of his duty while serving with Squadron 156, R.A.F. His father predeceased him some years ago and he is mourned by his mother, Mrs. Lorenzo Munro, 26 West Street.