Private Ankcorn of the Royal Canadian Regt. was born 10/07/1923 in Owen Sound, ON. Son of Samuel Lorne Ankcorn and Minerva (Miller) Ankcorn, brother of Glen they lived at 22 Hyslop St., Chatham, Ontario, Canada. The family moved to Chatham in 1929, Samuel had a barber shop at the corner of St. George and Park St. Lorne attended school at Queen Mary and Central School before enrolling at Chatham Vocational School where he studied for two years. He was a member of William St. Baptist Church and joined the Boy Scouts at 1st Presbyterian Church. After leaving CVS he apprenticed as a machinist at International Harvester on Grand Ave. East. He was well known for his skill as a baseball pitcher. He was a pitcher for the C.Y.O. (Christian Youth Organization) playing on the midget and junior baseball teams.
Enlisted 2nd February, 1942 with the R.C.R. at 18 years old, Essex Scottish Regt. later he transferred to the Essex Scottish Regt. Lorne trained in London, Kitchener and Camp Bordon. He passed up on NCO training for an overseas placement, going overseas 14 June, 1942, arriving in England eleven days later. In England he volunteered for commando training before going to Italy as a sniper in March of 1943 with the RCR.
23 May, 1944 1st Canadian Corp was moving against the Hitler Line a strongly defended line that had to be broken to capture Rome. While advancing with two other soldiers through a field advancing towards the Germans they came under heavy mortar fire and suffered a direct hit which killed all three Canadians. Age: 20, KIA – Date of Death: 23/05/1944. Mentioned in Dispatches. Killed while serving with the Eight Army in Italy.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead, Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. H. 17. Cemetery: CASSINO WAR CEMETERY.
Afa: Chatham Fire Fighters 1944 Field Day Booklet 7 – 12/08/1944. Chatham Baptist Church – Roll of Honour. Index of Overseas Deaths. CDN article not dated with photo.(P) C-K Museum. ATNCB. Cdn Army Official casualty list 4/07/44, L.Lucas.
Chatham Fire Fighters 1944 Field Day Booklet (12-08-1944), Chatham Baptist Church – Roll of Honour. Index of Overseas Deaths, Mentioned in Dispatches, Commonwealth War Dead, Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. H. 17., Cdn Army Official casualty list 4/07/44, L.Lucas.