Benjamin David Bourque





Oct 2, 1876

Born at Taylor Village, New Brunswick


Apr 22, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Moncton New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 444433
Ø      Next of Kin given as Daniel Bourque (brother) of Dorchester Road, New Brunswick
Ø      Former occupation given as Labourer

o       Later documents show former occupation as being a farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given
Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic
Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican at Montreal for England



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England


Dec 16, 1915

Awarded 3 days Field Punishment No 2 for “insolence to an officer”, and forfeited 3 days pay


Apr 10, 1916

Admitted to Westenhanger (file unclear whether it is hospital or jail) for “drunk and causing a disturbance”.


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion and arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot)


May 1, 1916

Awarded 3 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being Absent Without Permission for 1 ¾ Hrs on April 29, 1916.


May 4, 1916

Transferred from Field Punishment to “Class A”


May 13, 1916

Proceeded to join 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Jul 1, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Center) at Folkestone and admitted to Fairfield Hospital, Broadstairs, Kent with burns to ankle caused from a spill of boiling tea.


Jul 5, 1916

Transferred to Military hospital at Shorncliffe


Aug 3, 1916

Medical Officer makes following note in the file: 

“Foot well healed – Patient puts on a good deal and now is feeling nervous – He is fit for duty”


Aug 4, 1916

Discharged from hospital fit for Light Duty


Aug 5, 1916

Placed On Command 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for 4 weeks of physical training.


Sep 1, 1916

SOS CCAC and transferred to 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling, and declared fit for full duty


Nov 26, 1916

SOS 39th Reserve Battalion on transfer to 37th Battalion at Shoreham


Nov 28, 1916

TOS 37th Battalion


Dec 18, 1916

SOS 37th Battalion and TOS 1st Labour Battalion at Shoreham


Jan 8, 1917

Proceeded overseas to join the 1st Labour Battalion in the field


Apr 4, 1917

Awarded 14 days Field Punishment No 1 for Drunkeness and Assault on a Civilian


Aug 5, 1917

Admitted to No 26 Field Ambulance with Neurasthenia and transferred to No 62 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) (today we would call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)


Aug 19, 1917

Transferred to No 53 General Hospital at Boulogne France


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Hospital, Boulogne


Aug 30, 1917

Transferred to No 12 Convalescent Hospital, Aubengue


Sep 3, 1917

Awarded 3 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for overstaying his pass on September 2, 1917.


Sep 18, 1917

Discharged to No 6 Rest Camp


Sep 24, 1917

Medical Board classifies him as “PB”


Oct 4, 1917

Medical Board declares him unfit for further service in France


Oct 19, 1917

TOS CORD (Central Ontario Regimental Depot) on reporting from France


Nov 1, 1917

On Command to No 1 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton


Nov 6, 1917

Ceases to be On Command to 1 CDD and is SOS to Canada for discharge aboard the SS Olympic



Nov 14, 1917

Disembarked at St. John New Brunswick


Jan 24, 1918

Medical Board declares him fit for Category “C” (fit for service in Canada only) duty but soldier elected to take his discharge instead. 

Discharged as Medically Unfit 

Ø      Proposed address on discharge – 30 LaPlance St., Amherst Nova Scotia

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, No 40031

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued, No 23190


Aug 23, 1970



Woodlawn Cemetery

Saskatoon Saskatchewan 

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