109589 Pte. Garratt Hiram Lorne Schram

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery



Born in Marshville, Ontario, on 28th February 1894, to George and Charlotte Scharam, Garratt was single and variously a plumber and butcher by trade when he signed on.

Attesting in Toronto, Ontario, on 28th November 1914, Garratt was a 4th CMR "original" with that early attestation date.

Having proceeded to England in July 1915 on the SS Hersperian, he went on to France in the following October after a period of further training at Shorncliffe, on England's south coast. It is noted that Garratt was attached to sniper's school in January 1916, and returned to his regiment a week later.

Garratt served without notable incident until he was lost on June 2nd, 1916, along with 175 others of the 4th CMR, on the opening day of what became the 13 day 'Battle for Mount Sorrel'.

Whilst Garratt was initially reported as missing on 2nd June 1916, he was later reported as "presumed to have died on or since this date", suggesting his body hadn't been located, as was the case with so many from that day. However, as he has a specific grave location at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, in the town of Ieper, Belgium, his body was evidently located for subsequent burial.

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Thanks go to David Kavanagh for the initial biography. The headstone image was supplied courtesy of 4cmr.com