Alfred Gagné



Jun 14, 1897

Born in Martintown, Ontario to Edward and Angeline Gagne


Nov 23, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 455739

Ø      Next of kin given as Edward Gagne, father, St. Andrews East PO, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmhand

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

The battalion trained in Kingston, Ontario through the winter


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Jun 6, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe first diagnosed with a Hernia.  On further examination, it was determined that there was no hernia, but a weak abdominal wall that caused pain and discomfort.


Jun 10, 1916

Discharged to duty


Jul 6, 1916

The 59th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Aug 17, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 136 Reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 8, 1916

Medical Board declared him unfit for service at the front and classified him PB (Permanent Base) meaning that he was capable of base duty only and attached to the Canadian Corps Headquarters


Oct 9, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Corps Composite Company for duty


May 3, 1917

Declared fit for full duty and joined the 21st Battalion in Division Support near Willerval, France, south of Lens


Aug 15, 1917

The 21st Battalion took part in the attack on Hill 70 near Lens.  In severe fighting, hand to hand at times, Private Gagne was first reported to have been wounded, but later was reported to have been killed and his body was never recovered from the battlefield.  As such, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Edward Gagne, at St. Andrews, Ontario

A memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. A. Gagne, at the same address


  Alfred Gagné is also honoured on the War Memorial in Cornwall, Ontario

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