Saturday 10 April 2010

Lance-Corporal Raoul Labelle, MM

Born on 4 April 1897 in Montreal, Quebec - son of Mrs. Olivine Labelle, Mont Laurier, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 2 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; blue eyes; sandy hair.

Joined the 77th Battalion, CEF, in Rockcliffe Camp, Ontario, on 7 August 1915 (number 144990) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Bermuda on 6 December 1915 - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 30 September 1918 - invalided to England on 3 October 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation date unknown: "For bravery in the field."

(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; 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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