Francis "Frank" Genereaux



Sep 20, 1896

Born in Elzevir Township, Ontario to Joseph Alfred and Mary (nee Payette) Genereaux


Jan 2, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion in Madoc, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093201

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Genereaux, father, Queensborough, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

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


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 4, 1917

Sentenced to 24 hours detention while on board the ship for being absent from the 9.00 am parade.  It is interesting that his cousin, Arthur, was not only absent from the same parade, but also for the 4.00 pm parade


Jun 9, 1917

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


Sep 2, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion along with his cousin, Arthur.  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 Battalion.


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

The 21st Battalion supplied a work party of 212 men to help refurbish the front lines at Passchendaele.  They suffered heavy casualties, Private Frank Genereaux among them.  Some of the casualties were badly mangled by artillery shells and could not be identified.  They were buried together in the White House Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. J.A. Genereaux, Queensborough, Ontario 

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


Private Frank Genereaux is commemorated on the Madoc, Ontario War Memorial

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