Private Joseph (Joe) Edgar Hornibrook was born in Strong Township near Sundridge, Ontario, on July 17th, 1890. He enlisted there with the 162nd Overseas Battalion on February 2nd, 1916.
Shipping for England on board the S.S. Caronia in November of 1916, he was called-up for France in December with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion. Hornibrook was killed in action near Noulette Wood on August 13th, 1917, and is buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.
Pte. Hornibrook’s Service Record (Reg/Ser# 657846) is available online through Library and Archives Canada.
Burial information is available at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
A memorial page honouring him can be visited online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
The Collection for Pte. Joseph Hornibrook was created from the donation of the Gladys Hornibrook materials. Joseph was Gladys’ uncle, the brother of her father Thomas Henry Hornibrook. Living in the small village of Sundridge near North Bay, Ontario, Gladys was only thirteen years old when World War One began. The majority of her correspondence was with her enlisted uncles Joseph, Charles, and step-uncle Harold Hamilton, but she also saved other letters, photos, and keepsakes from the war years which can be viewed together on the main Gladys Hornibrook Collection page.