GEORGE EDWARD MUNRO*

*Spelled MUNROE on the cenotaph

Service Personnel Information 1914–1918

Attestation Paper
Service/Regimental Number: 541844
Present Address: Whaletown, British Columbia
Birthplace: Manchester, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth: 21 Feb 1880
Next of Kin: Ina Vernon Munro (wife)
Marital Status: Married
Trade or Calling: Driver. Civil Engineer’s Assistant
Previous Service in a Military Force: 5 Months 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles
Date of Attestation: 5 October 1915
Date of Certification: 12 November 1915
City and Province of Enlistment: North Vancouver, British Columbia


Description on Enlistment
Height: 5 ft 5 1/2 ins
Chest: 37 ins
Complexion: Dark
Colour of Eyes: Blue
Colour of Hair: Black
Religion: Methodist

Military Service Record 1914–1918

Force: Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force
Division (battalion or company): 5th Army Troops Company
Unit: Canadian Engineers
Rank: Sapper
Honours and Awards:
Photograph: Not currently available
Date of Death: 08 March 1919
Age (at death): 39
Country of Burial: France
Cemetery: Ste. Marie Cemetery
Grave Reference: Div 64 VI J4
Location: Le Havre: The cemetery stands on the ridge overlooking Le Havre from the north and is north of the N.182. It is actually situated in the commune of Graville-St. Honorine.
Book of Remembrance: GEORGE EDWARD MUNRO's name can be found on page 540 of the 1919 First World War Book of Remembrance

His Story

George Edward Munro was born on 21 February 1880 in Ontario - one of seven children of Robert Munro and Nancy Mitchell. In c1881 the family was living in the Reach district of Ontario; in c1891 Robert and Nancy and most of the children were still there. Robert was a farmer. In c1901 Robert and Nancy were living with one of their sons and two others of their children. There is no record of George in c1901. By 1908, George was in B.C. where he married Ina Vernon Barrett on 21 September 1908 in Sapperton (now New Westminster). From information on a family gravestone, a girl, Verna, was born to George and Ina in 1909. (She died at the age of 18 in 1928.) In C1911 the family was living in Vancouver. There was another daughter, Melva, born in 1911. George was a lather.

George attested on 12 November 1915 in North Vancouver. At that time, his family was living in Whaletown, Cortes Island. Perhaps Ina and the girls had gone there to stay with her family. He was attached to the 6th Field Company (Canadian Engineers). [Based in North Vancouver, the first enrollment was in 1912.] He was a sapper - part of a tunnelling company, whose job was to dig under the German trenches and plant mines. He died on 8 March 1919 and was buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery in Le Havre, France. The War Diaries show that sappers were doing a lot of repair work in 1919, and on 23 February 1919, 97 Ordinary Ranks and 5 officers left Etaples for Le Havre. At this point the diaries end so there is no mention of what happened to George Munro in March.

Family Bits: In 1926, Ina remarried; marrying Herbert F. Hawkins, the nephew of George - her first husband. The families all lived in Whaletown on Cortes Island. Their baby, Herbert Hawkins, died in Whaletown in 1928. Ina died in 1965, Herbert F. in 1968, both in Vancouver.

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