Cecil Adrian Giroux

Oct 6, 1893

Born in Pembroke, Ontario to Trefflé Delphine and Adeline (nee Lefebvre) Giroux


Mar 15, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59370 (temporary number 1274)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. Trefflé Giroux, father, Pembroke, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 8, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal without pay


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Mar 29, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl PJ Logan who had been killed in action


Apr 20, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace 60061 Cpl Wiggins who had been promoted


May 15, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant with pay to replace 59044 L/Sgt FT Batterson who had been promoted


Jun 5, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 14, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 8, 1916

While in the front line trench south of Ypres, Belgium, L/Sgt Giroux received a non-penetrating bullet wound to his forehead and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station well behind the lines.


Aug 12, 1916

Transferred to the No. 14 General Hospital in Wimereux, France


Aug 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital in Norwich

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 8, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 14, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Shoreham


Oct 27, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom for 12 weeks of light duty


Dec 22, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the convalescent hospital


Mar 12, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


May 14, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Jul 12, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Nov 19, 1917

Appointed as the Acting CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) with pay


Sep 17, 1918

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and attached to the 11th OTC (Officer Training Course) at Bexhill




Nov 22, 1918

Commissioned with the rank of Lieutenant and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion and posted to the Quartermaster Section.  Below he is shown seated 3rd from the left with members of that section




Dec 11, 1918

Lieutenant Giroux was in command of the Honour Guard when the 21st Battalion Colours were retrieved from the Canadian High Commissioner in London.  The Honour Guard was made up of 21st Battalion men currently in England.  The Colour Party was under the command of Lieutenant AW May MC (Bar).




Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

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


Jul 5, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Lieutenant

Ø  Entitled to the War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Pembroke, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Pembroke, Ontario


Aug 15, 1932

Married to Inez Mae FitzJohn in Pembroke, Ontario





The couple later moved to Rouyn Noranda, Quebec where Cecil Giroux operated a boot and shoe business.

During WWII, Cecil Giroux was commissioned with the Home Guard in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.  This was the location of a concentration camp for foreign nationals that were detained during the war and he was most likely employed there.

Below he is leading a parade of the Home Guard past the Albert Hotel on Rue Principale in Rouyn Noranda




May 1, 1957

The 1957 Canadian Voter List shows Cecil and his wife living at 139 Rue Tremoy, Villeneuve, Quebec


May 18, 1974

Cecil Adrian Giroux died at Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec and was buried in the St. Columba’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Renfrew, Ontario



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