Saturday 1 December 2012

Private Clifford Beaudoin, MM

Born on 5 August 1895 in Michiganni, Michigan - son of John and Angelina Beaudoin, Terrebonne, Quebec - attestation form notes trade as clerk, single, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 7 inches, chest of 35 inches, weight of 138 pounds, dark complexion, blue eyes, black hair, Roman Catholic.

Joined the 130th Canadian Infantry Battalion on 5 January 1916 (number 789142) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 14 or 15 November 1916 - wounded on 31 July 1917 - invalided to England on 4 August 1917 - rejoined the battalion on 30 November 1917 - killed in action on 29 September 1918 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

Awarded the Military Medal - no citation - unit recommendation 7 September 1918: "For gallantry during Scarpe Operations, near Dury, Sept 1st and 2nd 1918."

(Updated with a photo of Pte Beaudoin's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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