Henri Beaudoin MMwBar
21st Battalion CEF



Sep 27, 1891

Born at Jolliette Quebec


Oct 24, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     Number 59048 (temporary number 156)

Ø     Next of kin given as Treffle Beaudoin (father) of Moose River, Bagot Quebec

o      Later (Dec 1918) changed to Mrs Eugenie Beaudoin (wife) of Pas de Calais, France

Ø     Previous occupation given as Lineman & Operator

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø     Assigned to “B” Company but later changed to “A” Company


Nov 1, 1914

Shown on pay sheet for 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles


Nov 11, 1914

Shown on pay sheet for the 21st Battalion CEF


Mar 20, 1915

Admitted to Queen St. Military Hospital, Kingston, with Bronchitis


Apr 4, 1915

Transferred to the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston 

Discharge date not shown


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Jul 24, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 25, 1915

Returned from being AWL and fined 2 days pay and was restricted to half pay for 1 month


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Sep 30, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days FP #2 (Field Punishment #2) for neglect of duty


Nov 30, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days FP #2 and 15 hours of extra fatigues for “Drunk while in Billets and absent from Parade when warned for line of March”


Nov 24, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl ET Shrimpton who was promoted to Cpl


Nov 25, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 26, 1916

Admitted to St George’s Hospital in London with Alcoholic Poisoning


Dec 4, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Dec 22, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with reported Gonorrhea


Dec 24, 1916

Transferred to No 31 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Dec 27, 1916

Admitted to No 39 General Hospital at Havre, diagnosis changed to Syphilis


Dec 28, 1916

Forfeits Field Allowance and placed on pay stoppage of 50 cents per day until February 2, 1917


Feb 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital to Base Depot


Feb 3, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre and TOS (Taken on Strength) “A”.  (this is the company for those convalescing from illness or wounds)


Feb 22, 1917

Left CBD Havre to join unit


Feb 26, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion from CBD


Mar 16, 1917

Received slight shrapnel wound to forehead


Apr 3, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl GH Gillett who was promoted


Apr 9, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt


Jul 9, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30172


 Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action.  When his Company was being held up by machine gun fire he took four men and making a flank attack succeeded in capturing the tun, personally killing the gunner and one of the crew.  His prompt action undoubtedly saved a critical situation.

AFW 3121  15-4-17


Sep 12, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 24, 1917

At duty from leave


Oct 9, 1917

Attached to the 2nd Division Training Battalion


Oct 18, 1917

Awarded Bar to Military Medal per London Gazette #30340


 Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in connection with a raid.  When his section was held up by a party of enemy bombers holding a block, without being observed, he crept around the flank of the enemy and single handed succeeded in bombing them out.   His prompt action enabled his section to push on and gain their objective

Authy AFW 3121 2-8-17


Mar 21, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to Paris


Mar 31, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Aug 9, 1918

TOS Effective Strength


Nov 16, 1918

Pay records show Separation Allowance granted to wife, Mrs E Beaudoin, although permission to marry is not recorded until January 9, 1919 

It would appear that he married a local woman within days of the Armistice


Jan 1, 1919

Assignment of pay changed from father to Mrs E Beaudoin (wife) of Contes Pas Maresquel, Pas de Calais France


Jan 7, 1919

Transferred to England and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 28, 1919

Ceases to be On Command to 6th Reserve Battalion and attached to the Depot Company, EORD


May 7, 1919

Address for wife shown as 16a Malzons Rd., Ladywell Rd., Lewisham, London SE, England


May 20, 1919

Placed On Command to 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton


Jul 28, 1919

SOS 1st CDD Buxton on sailing for Canada 

Embarked the RMS Adriatic at Liverpool with his wife



Aug 2, 1919

TOS Halifax Clearing Services Command


Aug 4, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Aug 6, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 396590

Ø     Intended place of residence – GPO Actonvalle Quebec

Ø     Trade shown as Electrician


May 30, 1921

Address changed to 10 Amory St., Nashua, New Hampshire, USA


Jul 6, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 10 Amory St., Nashua, New Hampshire, USA


Aug, 1960 In a letter to The Communiqué (the Battalion's post war newsletter), Victor Crotty wrote:

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