Rene Gauthier


Nov 13, 1895

Born in Hull, Quebec


Jun 29, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the Governor General Foot Guards in Ottawa, Ontario


Jul 2, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 454423

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Gauthier, father, Grand Hotel, Dupont St., Hull, Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Typographer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

The battalion trained in Kingston, Ontario


Feb 28, 1916

Forfeited 1 day’s pay.  The reason for this is not shown in the file


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


May 24, 1916

Admitted to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) 

He was transferred the same day to the Cherryhinton Military Hospital in Cambridge.  On admission to the hospital, he stated that the date of infection was probably May 12.


Jul 6, 1916

The 59th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training at the West Sandling Camp


Aug 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 27, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 134 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 18, 1916

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 62 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Nov 26, 1916

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion billeted in Calonne as part of Brigade Support along with 25 other reinforcements


May 8, 1917

On the night of May 7/8 the battalion was holding a rail embankment west of Thelus and Private Gauthier received severe shrapnel wounds to his right thigh and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) were he died the next morning of those wounds.

He was buried in the Aux Rietz Military Cemetery, later renamed as the La Targette British Cemetery, Neuville-St. Vaast, France 

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Thomas Gauthier, at 62 City Hall St., Hull, Quebec. 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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