Pine Hills Cemetery
Born in Manchester, England, Alfred Hambleton came to Canada in 1905 with his grandmother, a cattlewoman who was bringing dairy cows to Canada, for the Borden Company. The family settled in the Dufferin area of Toronto, later moving to Richmond Hill. At 15, Hambleton joined the army’s 126 Peel Battalion, and fought in the battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele in World War I. Returning to Canada in 1918, Hambleton worked for Roger’s Silverplating and the Ford Motor Co. At the outbreak of World War II, Hambleton Joined the Royal Canadian Engineers as a demolition expert in Canada. He then went overseas, and fought in the battle of Dieppe. He was held as a prisoner of war by Germany for three years. After the war, Hambleton worked for the City of Toronto’s maintenance department as a supervisor, until he retired in 1965. Alfred Hambleton died on July 23, 1986 at the age of 86.