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On this day in 1916 Andrew Loft enlisted in Oshawa. He was born in Tyendinaga on November 25th, 1894, the son of Lawrence Loft and Mary (n&eactue;e Maracle), who were both Mohawks. He married Delia May Brant on May 18th, 1915 in Napanee.

Andrew joined the 182nd Battalion with the regimental number 868045. He was five feet six inches tall, with a dark complexion, dark brown eyes and black hair. His service record shows that he arrived in England on the SS Justicia on May 14th, 1917. In February 1918 he joined the 116th Battalion in France. He was wounded by gun shots to the left arm and leg on April 1st, 1918 and was sent back to England to recover. From June to August he was treated for an infection, then at the end of August he was operated upon to remove foreign bodies (shrapnel) from his left leg. He was discharged to duty on September 27th.

Loft left England on the SS Olympic in March 1919 and was demobilized on March 28th in Toronto. At the time of the 1921 census he was living with Delia at 53 Peter Street, Toronto. Loft served in the Second World War as well as the First. He was a member of the Deseronto Branch, No. 290, of the Royal Canadian Legion. He died in Belleville General Hospital in November 1965, leaving a daughter.