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Augustin Charlebois

In memory of:

Private Augustin Charlebois

August 28, 1918


Chérisy, France

Military Service


Service Number:

448053

Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Division:

22nd Bn.

Citation(s):

(London Gazette n° 31173 11 February 1919)

Honours and Awards:

Military Medal

Additional Information


Born:

June 14, 1893
Montréal (St-Vincent-de-Paul), Quebec

Enlistment:

May 24, 1915
Montréal, Quebec

Baptized Aurèle-Augustin Charlebois. Son of Aurèle Charlebois and Orphélia Bédard, of Montréal (Hochelaga), Québec.

He was decorated for his bravery during the taking of the village of Chilly, near Amiens on 15 and 16 August 1918. His decoration was announced to the Routine Orders No. 1899, Canadian Corps Headquarters, dated 11 September 1918. There were no descriptions of the feat of arms for military medals awarded in August 1918.

Digitized service file.

Commemorated on Page 383 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

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  • Photo of Aurèle Charlebois and Orphélia Bédard
  • Citation
  • Photo of Augustin Charlebois
  • Photo of Augustin Charlebois– Augustin Charlebois
  • Cemetery– Inscription of Augustin Charlebois' name on the family monument in the Côte-des-Neiges cemetery in Montreal. The Dead Man Penny unfortunately disappeared several years ago. Steps are under way to replace him
  • Newspaper clipping– Death of soldier Charlebois; appeared in La Presse (Montreal) on September 12, 1918
  • Memorial– Photo credit: Martine Chiasson, his great niece. The original Dead Man’s Penny on Augustin’s grave was stolen, but they recently replaced it with a replica, which can be seen in this photo.
  • Memorial– Photo Credit: Martine Chiasson. A larger photo of his family memorial.
  • Tag– Ceremony in Honour of the Canadian soldiers who fell during the Battle of Chérisy. Centenary of the battle, August 28, 2018 in Chérisy, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
  • Memorial– Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens … May 2022
  • Memorial– Inscription - Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens … May 2022
  • Memorial– Mourning Mother - Vimy Memorial … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens … May 2022
  • Photo of Augustin Charlebois– Prayer Card from family collection.
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  CATCHPOLE TO CHIGNELL. Microform Sequence 19; Volume Number 31829_B016728. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 165. Page 693 of 958.
  • Memorial
  • 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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