Today we remember …
|Battle of the Somme
20th September 1916. Lionel Bostock. B Social, 1900. 2nd Corporal, 3rd Division Signal Company. Canadian Engineers, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Killed in action.
Lionel Bostock’s family was originally from Chichester where ‘he was very well known and had many friends.’ When the War broke out, he was in British Columbia and enlisted in the British Columbia Horse. He was in the 3rd Canadian Division.
He was in the trenches near Ypres throughout the winter of 1915. A letter from the Chaplain of the 3rd Canadian Division says:
The poor boy was instantly killed on the 20th. The Germans were shelling the town heavily, and one shell exploded in the midst of a number of our boys, killing Corporal Bostock instantly.