Arthur Genereaux



Dec 17, 1898

Born in Elzevir Township, Ontario to Gilbert and Matilda Genereaux


Dec 1, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 22nd Battalion CEF with the number 61027


Feb 9, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay


Feb 23, 1915

Discharged from the 22nd Battalion with no reason given


Jan 2, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion in Madoc, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093200

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Matilda Duyea, mother, Queensborough, Ontario

o       Arthur’s father had passed away and his mother had remarried

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

Arthur attested into the battalion the same day as his cousin, Frank Genereaux


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 4, 1917

Sentenced to 48 hours detention while on board the ship for being absent from the 9.00 am and 4.00 pm parades.  It is interesting that his cousin, Frank, was also missing from the 9.00 am parade


Jun 9, 1917

On disembarking in Liverpool, Pte Genereaux was admitted directly to the Seaforth Military Hospital in Liverpool with a diagnosis that reads Mumps 

The battalion proceeded to Seaford where it was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 30, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital and joined the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Sep 2, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion along with his cousin, Frank.  They arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and both were TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 14, 1917

Frank and Arthur left the CIBD and joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Oct 8, 1917

Joined the No. 2 CDR (Canadian Division Reinforcement) Battalion 

In October of 1917 the reinforcement process was reorganized and the entrenching battalions became known as the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) or the CCRC with the same meaning.  In the beginning there was some confusion and some records indicate CDR Bn.


Oct 18, 1917

Left the No. 2 CDR Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Ourton, France, west of Lens along with his cousin


Nov 9, 1917

Arthur’s cousin Frank was sent out on a work party and was killed by the explosion of an enemy artillery shell


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the Royal Engineers


Jun 20, 1918

On the night of June 19th/20th, the 21st Battalion carried out a raid on the enemy lines near the Arras-Bapaume road.  The battalion’s casualties were 1 killed (Cpl Robert Russell) and 4 Other Ranks wounded.  Private Arthur Genereaux was one of those wounded.

He was admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a puncture wound to his right knee.  After receiving first aid, he was transferred to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Jun 21, 1918

Transferred via No. 10 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 12 USA General Hospital in Rouen


Jul 2, 1918

Discharged from hospital to light duties at the base depot


Jul 6, 1918

Joined the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Jul 14, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C in Aubin St Vaast


Aug 6, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details the following day in Cagny, France, south-east of Amiens


Oct 11, 1918

The 21st Battalion suffered heavy casualties while advancing on German positions at Avesnes-le-Sec and Private Genereaux received shrapnel wounds to his right hip and arm.  He was first evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid then sent to a casualty clearing station for further treatment.  He wounds were serious enough that he had to be transported to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples.


Oct 15, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England he was admitted to the High Beach Hospital, Westgate-on-Sea

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 25, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Dec 2, 1918

Discharged from hospital with 12 days sick leave and ordered to report to Seaford at the end of his leave on December 14, 1918 

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 13, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton


Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jan 20, 1919

TOS MD #3 Casualty Company, Kingston


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 3, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Queensborough, Ontario

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at RFD (Rural Free Delivery) #3 Copenhagen, New York, USA


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