Unit: 46th Canadian Infantry
Commemorated: Noeux-Les-Mines Cemetery, Bethune, France
Private Albert Harlock 46th Battalion Canadians died of wounds received whilst engaged with his regiment in heavy fighting around Lens. He was admitted to hospital suffering from sever gunshot wounds in the thigh on August 22nd 1917 and died the following morning.
Albert was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Harlock, Kirkby-on-Bain and was in Sascatchewin when war was declared. He volunteered for service in December 1915 and came to England the following September being sent to France in May 1917. Mrs. Harlock received the following letter from the Revd. C.J. Hawsley-Smith, Chaplain at number 7 CCS. France, under date August 24th 1917:
“It is with deep regret that I have to tell you that your son died of wounds in this hospital yesterday. He was unconscious when he died and it will comfort you to know that he suffered no pain. Before he lost consciousness he wished me to send to you his love. Please accept my sincere sympathy in your great sorrows. He died nobly and gave his life for his country. I buried him today in the cemetery at Noeux Les Mines”.
Answering the call, Albert enlisted on the 6th January 1916 and was eventually drafted to the 46th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. He sailed for England on the 15th August 1916 from Halifax on the S.S. Grampian arriving in Liverpool on the 24th August. He proceeded overseas for service with the 46th Battalion on the 23rd May 1917 and was aged 26 when he died of his wounds some 3 months later. He was single. Attached is an extract from the 46th Battalions War Diary setting out the events that happened for this period.