Hornby, Walter Thomas

Regimental Number: 63414
Rank: Lieutenant
Branch: 23rd Battalion; 13th Battalion; 1st Quebec Regiment; 2nd Canadian Command Depot; Royal Air Force

Walter was born in Victoria, British Columbia on July 11, 1893 (some sources indicate that he was born in Washington state). He filed on a homestead at SW 7-78-14-W6 in 1914. In November of that year, he enlisted as a private in the Canadian Army. Walter received shrapnel wounds to the head in April of 1916, and gunshot wounds to his left leg on June 13, 1916 at Ypres. In July of 1917, he suffered from trench fever. Walter was awarded the Military Medal in August or September of 1917, and was granted his commission in January of 1918. In August of that year, he was once again wounded. Walter joined the Royal Air Force as “Observer” in September of 1918; on page 77 of his military service file is Walter’s Royal Air Force Entry Card. He was awarded the Military Medal in January of 1919. On July 9, 1929, Walter married Alice Mary Rouse in Moscow, Idaho. Walter died in Lewiston, Idaho on September 28, 1951.