William Emmanuel Bouchard

Above left is a photo taken in Maconald Park Kingston Ontario in early 1915.  On the right is a photo of the restored lion which is still in the same park in 2010


Jan 11, 1893

Born at Aylmer Quebec


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59082 (temporary number 759)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs A Bouchard (mother) of Aylmer Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Printer”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to Machine Gun Section

o       It is interesting to note that Bouchard’s signature on this document was witnessed by Charles Wendt.  Wendt and Bouchard were to later serve on the same machine gun crew and both were killed in action, albeit a year apart.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

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


Jun 5, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Convalescent Hospital with a deformed and infected finger. 

Ø      This was caused 1 year prior to joining the CEF when he caught the finger in a printing press


Jun 9, 1915

Transferred to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe where the finger was amputated at the second joint.


Jun 22, 1915

Discharged from hospital


Aug 29, 1915

Reported to be absent without leave


Aug 30, 1915

Returns to unit and forfeits 1 day pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Dec 5, 1915

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal without pay


May 22, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jul 3, 1916

Forfeits rank of A/L/Cpl for (1) Drunk (2) AWL (absent without leave) (3) Improperly dressed


Sep 15, 1916

Reported missing after action 

Ø      Later reported Killed in Action



Commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial

Vimy Ridge France

(This indicates that his body was either never found or was never  identified)


Jun 1, 1921

British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-15 Star, Plaque and Scroll, sent to A. Bouchard Esq., (father) at Aylmer E. Quebec


Aug 12, 1922

Memorial Cross sent to Mrs. A. Bouchard (mother) at Aylmer E. Quebec



Even though I could not find William Bouchard on either the 1901 or 1911 Census to confirm it, I suspect that he lied about his age in order to sign up. 

He gave his birth year as January 1893 and that would have made him 21 years and 10 months of age when he attested in November 1914.  A medical report in June of 1915 recorded his age as 18 years. 

HW McBride, in his book “A Rifleman Went to War” described him in 1915 as being “just a kid, about seventeen”.



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 MB Allen's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

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