Friday 16 November 2012

Private Hector Viau

Born on 17 May 1896 in Hull, Quebec – son of Arsene and Rose Viau, Hull, Quebec – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as jeweller; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 6.25 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 25 February 1916 (number 639733) – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 – killed in action on 30 October 1917 – name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

(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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