Thursday 14 March 2013

Private Wilfred Guilmet

Born on 14 October 1897 in Cornwall, Ontario - son of Adolphe and Marie Guilmet, Cornwall, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 5 inches, chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded, dark-medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 27 April 1915 (parents provided a signed note giving their consent) - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield Camp, on 10 June 1915 (number 410293) - 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 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Guilmet'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,

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