Tuesday 5 August 2008

Private Delphis Deyotte, MM

Born on 16 May 1888 in Prescott, Ontario - son of Mrs. Ocline Deyotte, Marquis, Saskatchewan - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Marquis, Saskatchewan, trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 6.25 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair.

Joined the 97th Battalion, CEF, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on 19 April 1916 (number 261230) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 19 or 20 March 1917 - wounded on 12 August 1918 - invalided to England on 15 August 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no citation - unit recommendation dated 30 March 1918: "During enemy raid Mar. 27/18 this man displayed keen initiative and devotion to duty. Although he was off duty at the time, he brought his Lewis Gun into action, and after the remainder of his crew had been wounded he continued to fire by himself."

1 comment:

McJ said...

I don't know if you are still researching after 8 years but I stumbled upon this and thought I could add some info for you. Delphis Deyotte was my grandfather Alphonse's younger brother. He was born in Vanleek Hill, Quebec (Hawkesbury County). He was the youngest of the four sons (Frederick, George, Alphonse and Delphis) of Charles Deyotte and Ormaline ((Sauve). He moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan with his brothers. My grandfather Alphonse farmed near Marquis, Saskatchewan and the family still owns the original homestead quarter. As far as I know his parents never lived in Saskatchewan. I have a picture of him in a book somewhere I could scan for you if you read this comment and are interested.