Lancelot Rodney Warn

Date of birth: 18th June 1881
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 77373
Rank: Captain
Regiment / Division: Canadian Infantry
Battalion: 16th
Died: 4th February 1919 aged 37 years
Death location: Burdon Military Hospital, Weymouth


Before the War
Lancelot was born on 18th June 1881 to David (1844 – 7/11/1899) and Anne Elizabeth Warn (nee Dixon 1845 – 12/09/1905).  His parents were married in Southampton on 28th March 1868.  There were probates for his parents:

‘Warn David of Sussex Place Southampton master mariner and ship’s steward died 7 November 1899.  Probate London 31 January to Ann Elizabeth Warn widow and Montague David Dixon Warn drape.  Effects £2365 1s. 1d.’

‘Warn Ann Elizabeth of the “Globe” hotel Cowes Isle-of-Wight widow died 12 September 1905.  Probate London 12 December to Montague David Dixon Warn draper, Thomas Bullmore gentleman and Frederick Bowness commercial traveller.  Effects £614 12s. 2d.’

Lancelot’s 11 siblings (7 brothers and 4 sisters) were all born in Southampton:

Montague David Dixon (15/02/1870 – 04/08/1924)
Montague married Mary Elizabeth Gray in Southampton in 1896.

Clifford Charles Arthur (01/05/1871 – 26/11/1955)
Clifford emigrated to Canada in 1898 and married Gertrude Oliver Wood (1881 – 08/03/1949) in Vancouver, Canada on 3rd March 1906.  He was buried at the Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria British Columbia.

May Louisa Ellen (11/03/1873 – 1955)
May married Alfred William Hayes in Southampton on 12th September 1899.

Glendening Victor (4/02/1875 – 27/11/1940)
Glendening died in Los Angeles, California.

Leonard Christopher (28/09/1876)
Leonard emigrated to USA in 1911 and served aboard several cargo ships.  The 1930 and 1940 US Federal censuses showed him living in Alaska and working as a storekeeper.  On the U.S. 1942 World War 2 Registration Card his address was still in Alaska.

Bertram Reginald Louis (03/05/1879 – 1957)
In 1891 Bertram was boarding at Harrage Hall, Romsey with Lancelot.  Bertram emigrated to USA in 1907 and married Alice Bertha Strugnall in Boston, Massachusetts on 17th July 1909.  Like his brother, Leonard, he was a seaman, but the 1942 World War 2 Registration Card states that he was manager of Hotel Charleston and his address was 426 E Pratt Street, Baltimore.

Violet Emily Mildred (03/08/1882 – 1951)
Violet died in Romsey, Hampshire.

Stanley Harcourt (22/10/1883 – 03/08/1974)
Stanley emigrated to Canada, sailing from Liverpool aboard SS Sicilian on 28th March 1903 and arriving on 10th April 1903.  He enlisted in the 29th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry on 9th November 1914 in Vancouver.  The Battalion arrived in France on 17th September 1915.  In 1917 Stanley was discharged ‘Invalided’ and arrived back in Canada on 23rd March 1917.  He was awarded the Russian Cross of St George 4th Class on 14th January 1918.  This was awarded to enlisted men and NCOs for acts of distinction under arms and came in four classes.  The 4th Class was awarded for the first brave act.
Stanley married Alice Eldridge in Victoria, Canada on 12th December 1917.  He died in Kelowna, Canada.

Harold Graham (14/02/1885 – 22/03/1980)
Harold sailed, with Lancelot, from Liverpool on 3rd February 1900 aboard S.S. Numidian.  They arrived in Portland, Oregon on 14th February 1900.  Harold married Rena Schuh in Portland, Multnomah, on 11th October 1911.  On the U.S. World War 1 Draft Registration Card he was working as a steward at the Chandler Hotel in Marshfield Coos, Oregon.  The 1930 and 1940 US censuses show that he lived in Portland with his family and he died there in 1980.

Daisy Gladys (1886 – 12/05/1868)
Daisy married Herbert Harry Hart in Southampton in 1911 and when she died Daisy was living in Hove, Sussex.

Winifred (08/06/1888 – 23/10/1984)
Winifred travelled to Canada with her brother Clifford.  They sailed from Liverpool on 16th February 1904 aboard S S Lake Erie, arriving in Canada on 29th February 1904.   Winifred arrived back in Liverpool on 18th September 1909 aboard Lake Erie and her marriage to James Tilbury took place in Southampton on 2nd October 1909.  They sailed to Canada aboard S S Hesperian and arrived in Nova Scotia on 4th March 1911.

The 1881 census shows Lancelot’s family is living at 9 Sussex Place, Southampton.  His father is a mariner.

On the 1891 census the family is at the same address, apart from Lancelot and his brother Bertram who are boarding at Harrage Hall, Romsey.  Lancelot’s father is not recorded on this census, so is probably at sea.

The 1901 census shows Lancelot’s mother and sister living at 92 Above Bar Street, Southampton, which is a boarding house and his mother is a housekeeper.

Lancelot, aged 19 years, emigrated to Canada on 3rd February 1900 with his brother Harold, who was 15 years old.

The 1901 Canadian Census shows Lancelot working as a waiter in Winnipeg.

Military History
Lancelot was working as a broker when he enlisted as a Private in the 30th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry on 9th November 1914, at Victoria, British Columbia.  He had previously served in the Nanaimo Light Infantry who were based in Victoria.

The Canadian Great War Project website ( states that:

“Lancelot served in France from 26th April 1915 to 24th January 1916 before returning to England for commissioning. He remained in England in training positions until war’s end and was brought to the attention of the Secretary of War for valuable service rendered in connection with the war on 13 March 1918 with his notice being published in the London Times of 16 March 1918”.

Lancelot died of enteric fever on 4th February 1919.  His next of kin was his older brother Clifford Warn of English Bay, Vancouver, Canada.

He was awarded the 1914 Star, the Victory and British War Medals.

He is buried in Southampton Old Cemetery, reference 49 G 4, and the inscription reads:


The Warn family grave and inscription to Lancelot.

In Loving memory of David Warn
Who died November 7th 1899, aged 55 years
“Until the day breaks and the shadow flee away”

Annie Elizabeth Warn, the beloved wife of David Warn
Who died September 12th 1905, aged 61 years
“Not my will oh Lord, but thine”

And of their son Lancelot Rodney Warn
Captain 16th Canadian Scottish
Died February 4th 1919, aged 58 years

Also Capt. Ray Hart CBE DSO DSC* RN
Grandson of David and Annie Warn
A truly great man in every way
1913 – 1999

And “Peggy” Margaret Evanson Hart (nee Duffin)
His adored wife, selfless and devoted
1922 – 2000

Lancelot is remembered on the Highfield Memorial, Southampton and also the Scottish National War Memorial, which is in Edinburgh Castle.

Further information on Canadian WW1 casualties can be accessed on http:/


Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published.: 3rd September 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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