Lance Corporal Richard Gardiner Munroe was born in Sundridge, Ontario to parents Andrew Percy and Agnes Munroe. He enlisted at Parry Sound with the 162nd Overseas Battalion on January 27th, 1916.
Shipping for England on board the S.S. Caronia in November of 1916, he was called-up to action in France in March of 1917 with the 123rd Battalion. He was serving with the 8th Battalion Canadian Engineers at the conclusion of the war and was demobilized on February 2nd, 1919.
L.Cpl. Munroe’s Service Record (Reg/Ser# 657440) is available online through Library and Archives Canada.
The collection for Lance Corporal Richard Gardiner Munroe was created from the donation of the Gladys Hornibrook materials. Living in the small village of Sundridge near North Bay, Ontario, Gladys was only thirteen years old when World War One began. While the majority of her correspondence was with her uncles in overseas service, the letters, photos, and other memorabilia that she saved from the war years included keepsakes relating to other local solders. Among them was the Munroe letter posted here.