May 8, 2012

Tribute to Ira Harry Huehn WW1 Soldier in PPCLI

Ira Harry Huehn was born 10 June 1895 in Toronto. He enlisted in the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) on August 15, 1915 when he was just 20 years old.

He gave his mother, Mrs. H. E. Huehn as his next-of-kin. He was a bank clerk and had served 3 months with the Queen's Own Rifles before enlisting.

Ira was sent to the PPCLI (Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry) which co-incidentally is the unit my youngest son served in as an infantry soldier from 2000-2005.

Sadly Ira was killed in action at Sanctuary Wood less than a year after he went to war. His death is recorded as 4 June 1916

A search of Ancestry revealed that Ira's parents were Henry and Minnie and that he had older sisters Ethel and Lydia



photo found by Annette F.
We have Ira's Death Medal, Silver Cross (see photo on left) and WW1 Medal.
Ira's father died in October 1914 and his poor mother lost her husband and only son in a two year span. 

This blog post is meant as a tribute to Ira and all those who fight and have fought for our country.

Ira Huehn's Death Medal

Ira Huehn's WW1 Medal - front

Ira Huehn's WW1 Medal - back

Canada, CEF Burial Registers, First World War, 1914-1919 

Sadly Ira's body was never recovered for burial. I often think of how his mother and sisters must have grieved, not only for the loss of Ira but thinking of how he was never laid to rest.


4 comments:

Annette Fulford said...

Lorine,
There is a wonderful photo or Ira in the book, Letters from the front; being a record of the part played by officers of the Bank in the Great War, 1914-1919 at the Internet Archive http://archive.org/details/lettersfromfront01canauoft . It was published by the Bank of Commerce in 1920.

Annette Fulford said...

In the second book published by the Bank of Commerce, also at the Internet Archive, there is a short biography of Ira on page 215:
Letters from the front. Being a record of the part played by officers of the Bank in the great war, 1914-1919 (n.d.], Volume 2

http://archive.org/details/lettersfromfront02cana

Anglers Rest said...

A lovely tribute to Ira.

Michelle said...

A wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing.