Sunday 27 January 2013

Private Peter Bourgoin

Born on 20 September 1879 in Van Buren, Maine - son of Fardene Bourgoin, Van Buren, Maine - 1916 attestation form notes the following: present address in Van Buren, Maine, trade as lumberjack, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 8 inches, dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 97th Canadian Infantry Battalion in Toronto, Ontario, on 13 March 1916 (number 208161) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 16 or 17 February 1917 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Bourgoin's inscription on the Vimy Memorial tat I took in August 2012.  I realize it says "R" Bourgoin, but there is no other Bourgoin inscribed on the Vimy Memorial nor listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database).

(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,

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