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Corporal Sidney Gordon Harfitt

Male 1912 - 1943  (31 years)


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  • Name Sidney Gordon Harfitt 
    Prefix Corporal 
    Born 4 Oct 1912  Coddenham, , Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Misfortune 19 Oct 1943 
    died while serving in WW2 
    Residence , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 47 Forest Rd., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence WW2 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-418805 
    Died 19 Oct 1943  Aboukir, , Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: encephalitis possible, staphylococal pneumonia 
    Buried Alexandria Hadra War Cemetery, Alexandria, El Eskenderiya, Egypt Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I418805  Generations
    Last Modified 12 May 2024 

    Family Jessie Sarah "Sadie" Crump,   b. 30 Nov 1905, Bethnal Green, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1994, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1940  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Patricia Jean Harfitt
    Last Modified 13 May 2024 
    Family ID F270789  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Corporal Sidney Gordon Harfitt
    Corporal Sidney Gordon Harfitt

  • Notes 
    • Date of enlistment: December 1940

      Origin: Galt, Reg: RCAF, WW: WWII, Note: Killed in Action 19/10/43

      Grace Russ Scrapbooks vol.3 air frame mechanic; enlisted December 16, 1940; stationed at the flying school at Brantford; wife, Jessie, lived at 47 Forest Road; born in Suffolk England; moved to Manitoba where he lived for a number of years before moving to Galt; worked at Sheldon's Ltd.; religion - Anglican; trained with the HLI of C Canadian Virtual War Memorial D.O.D.: October 19, 1943 - age 31; service no. R/84032; force - air force; regiment - Royal Canadian Air Force; unit - 417 Sqdn; son of Herbert and Evelina Maud Harfitt; husband of Jessie Sarah Harfitt of Galt; commemorated on page 169 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance; burial information: Alexandra (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt; grave reference: 5.F.14.

      City of Cambridge Archives

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      Cpl Harfitt Dies.

      The death occurred Oct. 19 on active service overseas of Cpl. Sidney Gordon Harfitt of Galt, his wife was advised on Saturday at her home, 47 Forest road. Cpl. Harfitt was reported to have died from lobar pneumonia. Enlisting in the R.C.A.F. in 1940, he trained at No. 5 S.F.T.S. at Brantford and went, overseas in February 1942. He arrived in the Middle East theatre of war last August.

      Cpl. Harfitt was born at Coddenham, Suffolk, Eng. and in Galt he was employed at Sheldons, Ltd. before he joined the air force. He was a member of Trinity Anglican church. Left to mourn his loss are his wife, the former Jessie S. Crump, and two-year-old daughter, Patricia Jean. His father Herbert H. Harfitt and two brothers, Reginald and Alan, are in Suffolk, Eng. His mother passed away in May, 1942,

  • Sources 
    1. [S2990] Canada, World War II Records and Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947.
      Name:Sidney Gordon Harfitt
      Birth Date:4 Oct 1912
      Birth Place:Coddenham Suffolk England
      Residence Place:Galt, Ont
      Death Date:19 Oct 1943
      Service Number:R84032
      Regiment:Royal Canadian Air Force
      Rank:Corporal
      Next of Kin:Jessie Sarah Harfitt

    2. [S3231] Find A Grave, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56150561.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Oct 1912 - Coddenham, , Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Apr 1940 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - , Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Alexandria Hadra War Cemetery, Alexandria, El Eskenderiya, Egypt Link to Google Earth
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