Richard Benjamin Beauderie (Beaudrie)

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 21, 1894

Born in the village of Herman Ontario to John and Ellen Beauderie


Jan 29, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Bancroft Ontario 

Ø      Number 636512

Ø      Next of kin given as John Beauderie, father, of Hermon Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Jun 19, 1916

Admitted to the Barriefield Military Hospital at Kingston diagnosed with Bronchitis


Jun 21, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 30, 1916

Forfeits 5 days pay for being absent


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England 

TOS the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay, conducting training exercises


May 9, 1917

“C” and “D” Companies of the 21st Battalion were attached to the 19th Battalion in order to conduct a counter attack at Fresnoy-en-Gohelle.  Pte Beauderie was killed during this attack.  He was first buried near where he fell at the corner of Winnipeg Road and the Arleux Loop, 2 miles East of Vimy Ridge.  After the war ended, his body was exhumed and reburied in a permanent cemetery 

Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery
Souchez France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross (shown below) were sent to his mother, Mrs E Beauderie, at Madoc Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, John Beauderie at the same address



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte RB Beauderie's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Richard Beauderie being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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