Saturday, 17 March 2012

Private Henry Larocque

Born on 18 April 1897 in Ottawa, Ontario - son of Mrs. Rose Larocque, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as broommaker; single; currently a member of the 43rd Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles (five months); no previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 33.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 21 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410803) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 1 or 3 September 1918 - invalided to England on 4 September 1918.

Died on 17 May 1947 - buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.

(Update with a photo of Pte Larocque's headstone in Beechwood Cemetery).

(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)

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