Canadian Virtual War Memorial

André Gouédard

In memory of:

Private André Gouédard

September 15, 1916

Courcelette, France

Military Service


Service Number:

61943

Age:

28

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Division:

22nd Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

September 3, 1888
Québec (St-Roch), Québec

Enlistment:

November 3, 1914
Québec, Québec

Baptized Alexis-Andréas Gouédard, he stated being named André and being born on 2 September when he enlisted. Son of Pierre Gouédard (deceased in 1890) and Mélanie Julien, of Québec. He was only two years old and his mother was pregnant when his father died. In order to raise her four children, his mother had to put the newborn baby to adoption with a couple who had no child: François-Régis Deblois and Aimée Bernier. The two brothers kept in touch, however, and enrolled together with the 22nd Battalion in November 1914. His youngest brother, Joseph Gouédard-Deblois (service number 61924), was severely wounded in Vierstraat, Belgium, in November 1915, and had to be amputated of his right arm and shoulder. He died later of tuberculosis in 1921. His mother Mélanie Julien never remarried.

Commemorated on Page 93 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a 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.

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