Saturday, 12 July 2008

Private Alexandre Desarmeaux, Sr.

Born on 19 October 1871 in Ottawa, Ontario - husband of Josephine Desarmeaux, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, married, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 8.75 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 11 August 1915 (number 144715) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 17 August 1916 - transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot, CEF - repatriated to Canada on 6 November 1917.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Anonymous, An Historical Sketch of the Seventy-Seventh Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (Ottawa: War Publications Limited, 1926), p.179)

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