Friday 26 October 2012

Private Felix James Clement

Born on 4 March 1891 in Mattawa, Ontario - son of Joseph Edward and Marie Clement, Mattawa, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: trade as labourer, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 4 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, swarthy complexion, brown eyes, black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion on 23 July 1915 (number 410252) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 27 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave III.B.7), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Clement's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery 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,

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