Thursday 18 August 2011

Sergeant Lorenzo Perrault, MM

Born on 3 March 1891 in Ottawa, Ontario - husband of Lucie Perrault, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as lumber inspector; married (with one child); no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6.5 inches; chest of 36 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; brown eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 July 1915 (number 410170) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 11 February 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 July 1917 - wounded on 3 October 1918 - invalided to England on 19 October 1918.

Awarded the Military Medal - no formal citation - unit recommendation dated 15 August 1918: "For courageous conduct during operations between Haugard and Hallu from 8th to 12th August 1918."

Awarded the Medaille d'honneur avec glaives (en argent) - no formal citation - unit recommendation dated 30 August 1918: "For good work during operations in front of Hallu on Aug. 12/18."

(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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