Gidreau (aka Gideon) Chartrand

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 31, 1889

Born in Chichester, Quebec to Angus and Marcelin (nee St. John) Chartrand.


Mar 29, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) CEF in Kingston, Ontario under the Military Service Act (MSA) of 1917

Ø      Number 4021569

Ø      Next of kin given as Angus Chartrand, father, Chichester, Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bushman, currently living in Mattawa, Ontario

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to the 4th Draft

He signed his papers with an “X”, indicating that he could not write.


Apr 17, 1918

Embarked the Troopship Toloa in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the Depot Battalion’s 4th Draft of 2 officers, 8 sergeants and 192 privates.


Apr 28, 1918

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Seaford Camp.  On arrival there the entire draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion.


Sep 12, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion and disembarked in France and proceeded to the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St. Vaast.


Sep 18, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join the battalion.


Sep 19, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion’s rear details as part of a draft of 24 reinforcements.  The main part of the battalion was in the front lines near the Drocourt-Queant Line.


Oct 11, 1918

Less than 1 month after joining the battalion, Private Chartrand was wounded in action while advancing on the German lines near Avesnes-le-Sec.  He was taken to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for treatment, were he succumbed to his wounds the same day.

Ramillies British Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his fiancé, Miss Leda Villeneuve, Mattawa, Ontario.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Angus Chartrand, Chichester, Quebec.

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Marcelin Chartrand, also of Chichester, Quebec.


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