Thursday 28 March 2013

Private Jules Labelle

Born on 2 October 1885 in Buckingham, Quebec - husband of Beatrice Labelle, Hawkesbury, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as carpenter; married (with two children aged four and six); no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 11.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 9 April 1915 (number 410124) - 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 Labelle'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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