Ambrose Arcand

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 4, 1892

Born to Louis (Lewis) and Mary Ann Wells (nee Dupuis) Arcand at Kemptville Ontario


Oct 5, 1917

Medical examination conducted under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 at Renfrew Ontario.  He was classified A2, for those who are fit, but lack training and conditioning


Jan 18, 1918

Drafted into the 2nd Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) at Ottawa under the MSA of 1917 

Ø      Number 3320127

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs GA Ladouceur, mother, of 27 Anderson St, Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Iron Worker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Feb 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia as part of the 1st Draft from the 2nd Depot Battalion EOR


Feb 24, 1918

Disembarked at Glasgow Scotland and proceeded to Seaford England


Feb 25, 1918

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 10, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 17, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Jun 22, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join the Battalion


Jun 23, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion with 19 other reinforcements, in Divisional Reserve at Bretencourt France and assigned to “A” Company


Aug 6, 1918

The 21st Battalion was preparing for a major attack at Marcelcave and while the men were moving forward, the enemy launched an artillery barrage in which Pte Arcand received shrapnel wounds to his left thigh and was admitted to the No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  After receiving first aid treatment, he was transferred to the No 47 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).


Aug 8, 1918

Transferred to the No 5 CCS where he died from his wounds shortly after his arrival

Crouy British Cemetery
Somme France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Mary Ladouceur, at 27 Anderson St, Ottawa Ontario


Below is the War Memorial at North Grenville District High School, Kemptville Ontario

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