Monday, August 4, 2014

grave post - Hepner

There isn't any information on how Private Gordon Hepner of the Canadian Infantry (1st Depot Battalion, Western Ontario Regiment) died, or where he saw service, but according to the Canadian Great War Project, he enlisted on January 8th 1918, and less than 2 weeks later, on January 21st he had died.

He was born on February 26th, 1883 the son of John and Elizabeth Hepner in Port Elgin. His mother predeceased him. At this mausoleum in the Port Elgin (Sanctuary Park) Cemetery, there are no other names beyond the family name though military records indicate that Private Hepner is buried here.

He is commemmorated in the First World War Book of Remembrance in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on a page that will be displayed on September 14, 2014


  1. Oh what a pity. Two weeks. I wonder what they were like. I hope he didn't suffer too much. Poor man.

  2. It feels so empty and sad; his story lost to history.

  3. I wish we knew more about his story. He was 34 when he died which was quite old. In January 1918, Canada began conscription. His age and late enlistment might suggest that he was conscripted. Sad.


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