Valmor Desrochers



Nov 21, 1890

Born in Masson, Quebec to Joseph and Marguerite Desrochers


Oct 27, 1917

Medical examination performed under the MSA (Military Service Act, 1917) in Ottawa, Ontario and declared fit for service


Jan 9, 1918

Conscripted under the MSA into the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 3055864

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Desrochers, father, 121 Sherwood Dr., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lumber Culler

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to the 3rd Draft


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the entire draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 15, 1918

Left the CIBD to join the battalion


Aug 17, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in Caix, France


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, Private Desrochers was reported missing and presumed to have been killed.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and as such, is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Marguerite Desrochers, 121 Sherwood St, Ottawa, Ontario 

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


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