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Philippe Alfred Bieler

In memory of:

Private Philippe Alfred Bieler

October 1, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

487475

Age:

19

Force:

Army

Unit:

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.)

Additional Information


Son of the Rev. Professor Charles Bieler, D.D., and Blanche Merle D'Aubigne, his wife, of Montreal, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 201 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

III. F. 19.

Location:

Aubigny Communal Cemetery is south of the village of Aubigny-en-Artois and the Cemetery Extension is behind it. The village of Aubigny-en-Artois is approximately 15 kilometres north-west of Arras on the road to St. Pol. After turning into the village from the N.39 on the D.75, the Cemetery lies south on a road leading from the centre of the village.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Bernard to Binyon. Mircoform Sequence 9; Volume Number 31829_B016719; Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 153 Page 461 of 652
  • Group Photo– (From Stanstead College Yearbook, July 1919)
Philippe Alfred – Bieler, enlisted in October 1915, and carried on his studies at McGill and his military drill through the winter. At the end of March, a few days after he was eighteen, he left for France with the 5th University Company, reinforcing the P.P.C.L.I. and afterwards was transferred to the 7th Machine Gun Company. He fought bravely at Comalith and did such good work at Lens that his officers decided to recommend him for promotion. After a delightful leave in Paris, in August 1917, he returned to his regiment, wrote a beautiful letter home including a Y.M.C.A. card on which he had underlined these words; “Christ is nearer and easier to understand here at the front”. Five days later a scratch in the foot got inflamed, he was taken to a clearning station, died from poisoning of the blood after forty-eight hours high fever, and was buried in the Aubigny cemetery. Letters from officers and chums speak of Philippe’s cheery disposition, wonderful unselfishness, military qualities and universal popularity. “he was a brave soldier, a loyal friend, and the dearest of sons and brothers.”

Pictured with his brothers Etienne, Jean and Andre.
  • Honour Roll– From the "McGill Honour Roll, 1914-1918".  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1926.

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