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Eleonide Bruneau

In memory of:

Private Eleonide Bruneau

October 11, 1918
Thun-Saint-Martin, France

Military Service


Service Number:

1263787

Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)

Division:

28th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

April 14, 1891
St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba

Enlistment:

March 15, 1918
Humboldt, Saskatchewan

Son of Napoleon Bruneau of Watson, Saskatchewan and Marie Rosalie (Carriere) Bruneau.

Digitized service file.

Commemorated on Page 376 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

VIMY MEMORIAL
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

Canada's most impressive tribute overseas to those Canadians who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is the majestic and inspiring Vimy Memorial, which overlooks the Douai Plain from the highest point of Vimy Ridge, about eight kilometres northeast of Arras on the N17 towards Lens. The Memorial is signposted from this road to the left, just before you enter the village of Vimy from the south. The memorial itself is someway inside the memorial park, but again it is well signposted. At the base of the memorial, these words appear in French and in English:

TO THE VALOUR OF THEIR COUNTRYMEN IN THE GREAT WAR AND IN MEMORY OF THEIR SIXTY THOUSAND DEAD THIS MONUMENT IS RAISED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA


Inscribed on the ramparts of the Vimy Memorial are the names of over 11,000 Canadian soldiers who were posted as 'missing, presumed dead' in France. A plaque at the entrance to the memorial states that the land for the battlefield park, 91.18 hectares in extent, was 'the free gift in perpetuity of the French nation to the people of Canada'. Construction of the massive work began in 1925, and 11 years later, on July 26, 1936, the monument was unveiled by King Edward VIII. The park surrounding the Vimy Memorial was created by horticultural experts. Canadian trees and shrubs were planted in great masses to resemble the woods and forests of Canada. Wooded parklands surround the grassy slopes of the approaches around the Vimy Memorial. Trenches and tunnels have been restored and preserved and the visitor can picture the magnitude of the task that faced the Canadian Corps on that distant dawn when history was made. On April 3, 2003, the Government of Canada designated April 9th of each year as a national day of remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Inscription– Inscription - Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Elionide Bruneau– Memorial photo of Elionide Bruneau from a large Oval photograph that was hand colored, The photo is titled Flags of Freedom and on the wood and plaster frame it says For King and Country.
  • Family picture– Bruneau Family photo about 1905. Eleonide is 4th from the left in the back row. Photographed with him are: L-R in the back row Virginia Tourond nee Bruneau, Rosalie Bruneau, Napoleon Bruneau Jr, Eleonide, and Roderick. Seated in the front row in front of Virginia is Jacques Tourond holding son Edmond Tourond, next to him are twins Helen and Lucy Bruneau, Bernadette Bruneau, Marie Bruneau nee Carriere, Napoleon Bruneau Sr holding Henri Bruneau.
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Brubacher to Bunyan. Mircoform Sequence 15; Volume Number 31829_B016724; Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 159 Page 69 of 668
  • Memorial– His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial. Over 11,000 fallen Canadians having no known place of burial in France, are honoured on this Memorial. May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)

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