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Joseph Kaeble

In memory of:

Corporal Joseph Kaeble

June 9, 1918

Arras, France

Military Service


Service Number:

889958

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)

Division:

22nd Bn.

Citation(s):

The following extract is recorded in the London Gazette Supplement No. 30903, dated September 16, 1918:

“For most conspicuous bravery and extraordinary devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun section in the front line trenches, on which a strong enemy raid was attempted.

During an intense bombardment Cpl. Kaeble remained at the parapet with his Lewis gun shouldered ready for action, the field of fire being very short. As soon as the barrage lifted from the front line, about fifty of the enemy advanced towards his post. By this time the whole of his section except one had become casualties. Cpl. Kaeble jumped over the parapet, and holding his Lewis gun at the hip, emptied one magazine after another into the advancing enemy, and, although wounded several times by fragments of shells and bombs, he continued to fire, and entirely blocked the enemy by his determined stand. Finally, firing all the time, he fell backwards into the trench, mortally wounded. While lying on his back in the trench he fired his last cartridges over the parapet at the retreating Germans, and before losing consciousness shouted to the wounded about him: ‘Keep it up boys; do not let them get through! We must stop them!” The complete repulse of the enemy attack at this point was due to the remarkable personal bravery and self-sacrifice of this gallant non-commissioned officer, who died of his wounds shortly afterwards.”

Honours and Awards:

Victoria Cross

Military Medal

Additional Information


Born:

May 5, 1892
St-Moïse, Bas-St-Laurent, Quebec

Enlistment:

March 20, 1916
Sayabec, Bas-St-Laurent, Quebec

Baptized Joseph-Thomas Kaeble. Son of Joseph Kaeble (deceased in 1900) and Marie Ducas, of St-Moïse. His mother remarried in St-Moïse in 1904, but the union failed and soon after, she decided to move to Sayabec with her four children.

He was family support and worked as a driver-mechanic with a forestry company before enlisting with the 189th Bataillon, in March 1916. He arrived in England in October 1916, and his unit was absorbed by the 69th Bataillon. He was transferred in France and taken on strength by the 22e Bataillon in November 1916. He was sent to the front lines on March 3, 1917, one month before the attack at Vimy Ridge. Aside from a six-week stay at the hospital to heal a shoulder wound, he served with the 22e Bataillon.

A Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel, « CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. », was named to honour him and entered service in 2013. This vessel is part of a group of 9 Hero-class patrol vessels.

Commemorated on Page 439 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Joseph Kaeble is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information


Cemetery:

WANQUETIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

II. A. 8.

Location:

Wanquetin is a village approximately 12 kilometres west of Arras and approximately 6 kilometres north of Beaumetz. WANQUETIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION lies to the north-east of the village on the road to Warlus (D.59).

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Cemetery
  • Photo of Joseph Kaeble
  • Memorial
  • Memorial
  • Memorial
  • Grave marker– 25 April 2015, CEFRG (Canadian Expeditionary Force Research Group) cefrg.ca
  • Photo of Joseph Kaeble– Submitted by Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Attestation Paper (back)
  • War Diary– Extract from 22th Battalion War Diary for June 1918
  • Service Records– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Award Citation
  • Award Citation– Personal Information Sheet
  • Award Citation (front)– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Award Citation (back)– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Memorial
  • CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C– Starting its active service in November 2012, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Caporal Kaeble V.C. is a mid-shore patrol vessel. It is one of nine Hero-class patrol vessels ordered by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans/Canadian Coast Guard, in September 2009. Each of the nine Hero-class patrol vessels will be named for personnel from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP Officers), Canadian Coast Guard (sailors, aircrew), Department of Fisheries and Oceans (fisheries officers) and Canadian Forces (soldiers, sailors, and aircrew) who are credited with performing exceptional or heroic acts during their service.
  • Inscription– Cpl. Joseph Kaeble, VC plaque
Royal 22e Regiment
  • Memorial– Ce mémorial croix de granit au devant l'église Saint-Nom-de-Marie au Sayabec, QC est dédié à Joseph Kaeble, VC, MM, John C. Johnson, Louis Piché et Ludger Belliveau. Monuments commémoratifs militaires (INMCMC) 24043-007

JOSEPH KAEBLE V.C.M.M.
22ME BATALLION
MORT DE SES BLESSURES
A L'ACTION 9 JUIN 1918
  • Memorial– Ce mémorial croix de granit au devant l'église Saint-Nom-de-Marie au Sayabec, QC est dédié à Joseph Kaeble, VC, MM, John C. Johnson, Louis Piché et Ludger Belliveau. Monuments commémoratifs militaires (INMCMC) 24043-007

JOSEPH KAEBLE V.C.M.M.
22ME BATALLION
MORT DE SES BLESSURES
A L'ACTION 9 JUIN 1918
  • Cenotaph– Barrie Military Park, Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients, Cenotaph
  • Gravemarker
  • Grave Marker– grave site

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