Lafore Lock

lock2Springfield’s Lafore Lock Post 755 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is named after World War I U.S. Army Pvt. Farley Lafore Lock.

According to the Honor Book of Sangamon County, 1917-19 (1920), Lock died Oct. 18, 1918, of wounds he suffered from an artillery shell the day before while fighting in the Verdun sector of France. Lock, who was only 22 when he died, was cited for bravery for his actions on Oct. 17 at Bois des Chaume.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Lock of Springfield.schs logo (2)

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5 Responses to Lafore Lock

  1. Rose Connolly says:

    There will be a pilgrimage to the tomb of Farley “Lafore” Lock on the 99th anniversary of his death, Oct. 18, 1918, in France in WW 1. He is the namesake of VFW Post 755 and he belonged to the 130 Infantry unit which is still active today. A Springfield native who was wounded in the battle of second Somme Offensive in France and died the following day. He was cited for bravery in action. Join us for a brief remembrance. Parking at the memorials and we plan to walk about 2 blocks to his marker. Driving is permitted but please allow that for those that can’t walk as parking is limited. Bring poppies or violas too. 2018 will mark the 100th anniversary of his death.

  2. James Ryan Lock says:

    Just recently found out I am related to him, he was truly a hero

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