Albert Norman Gloyne

Albert Norman Gloyne


     Albert Norman Gloyne, born at Castel Farm, Stowford, Devon, 20 September 1888, was a resident of Port Hope for several years, employed by the Standard Ideal Company Limited.

     He enlisted at Kingston with the original 21st Battalion, which later became one of the most famous fighting units of the Canadian Corps in France. Gloyne was attached to the headquarters staff and was on military police duty at the time of his death. He was on service in the village of - - - - which was being shelled by the enemy, directing troops as to the best course to take to avoid danger, when a shell burst near him and he was mortally wounded.   He was carried to the casualty clearing station where he died some hours later.

     He was a good soldier and a good citizen, and won the sad distinction of being the very first citizen soldier from Port Hope to give his life in the Great War. His body lies in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France.


Photo and text above reproduced with permission

Taken from the "Book of Remembrance (A record of the men of Port Hope who participated in the Great War of 1914-1918)" by James A. Elliott, Chairman of Committee, Port Hope, Jan. 1st, 1919.


Standing L-R Albert Gloyne and William Redburn
Seated L-R John Holden  and Charles Gloyne


Sep 21, 1888

Born in Stowford, Devon, England to William and Mary (nee Littlejohns) Gloyne


Jan 19, 1910

Embarked the SS Corinthian in London with his brother Charles


Feb 1, 1910

Albert and Charles disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Colborne, Ontario.  Albert claimed to have been in Canada previously in 1905


Mar 16, 1910

Married to Mary Jane Connors in Port Hope, Ontario.  He gave his residence as Colborne, Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59371 (temporary number 70)

Ø      Next of kin given as Jane Gloyne, wife, Port Hope, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

Albert’s brother Charles Gloyne attested into the battalion 3 days later 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 4, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division HQ Sub Staff at St. Martin’s Plain to be employed as a Military Policeman


Jun 24, 1915

Transferred to the 2nd Division Headquarters Staff


Jul 13, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

The headquarters staff embarked the SS Queen in Folkestone along with the 19th Battalion


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the headquarters staff and proceeded to St. Omer by motor car.


Dec 29, 1915

While giving directions at the cross roads in La Clytte, Belgium to troops moving up to the front, an enemy shell exploded close by and A/Cpl Albert Gloyne received severe shrapnel wounds, not the least of which were 2 fractured legs.  He was taken to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  4 men were killed instantly, and 8 others died of their wounds shortly after from this barrage. 

He was transferred the same day to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment where he died there the same day


Jan 1, 1916

A/Cpl Gloyne was buried in the Bailleul Cemetery Extension.  One of those in attendance was his brother, Private Charles Gloyne



Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Mary Jane Gloyne, Port Hope, Ontario 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Gloyne, Tinhay, Sifton, Devonshire, England


Albert Norman Gloyne is commemorated on the Port Hope War Memorial




For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Albert Gloyne being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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