Joseph Edmond Lachapelle



Oct 7, 1884

Born at Valcourt County, Shefford Quebec


Aug 17, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Barriefield Camp, Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 455394

Ø      Next of kin given as Peter Proulx (brother-in-law) of Valcourt Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      There is a note that the medical actually took place at Mattawa Ontario


Sep 4, 1915

Given 168 hours of detention with a pay stoppage of $2.30


Nov 12, 1915

Given 28 days detention


Apr 5, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

Appointed to provisional rank of L/Cpl


Apr 15, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Apr 17, 1916

Reports for duty from AWL


Apr 18, 1916

Forfeits 3 day’s pay and reverts to rank of Pte for being AWL


Apr 21, 1916

Reported to be AWL


Apr 22, 1916

Reported to be seen drunk at 7:40 pm


Apr 23, 1916

Reports for duty from AWL 

Fined $2 plus forfeits 5 day’s pay and in addition sentenced to 4 days FP (Field Punishment) #2


Apr 26, 1916

Fined $2 and forfeits 5 day’s pay


May 10, 1916

Sentenced to 8 days detention for Drunkenness and forfeits 8 day’s pay


Jun 15, 1916

Admitted to Military Hospital at Shorncliffe with Gonorrhea


Jun 19, 1916

Transferred to Special Division General Hospital at Bulford


Jul 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Jul 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jul 13, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Aug 17, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and is TOS the 21st Battalion


Aug 29, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field for additional training


Sep 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was involved in heavy fighting in the Courcelette area


Sep 28, 1916

Wounded in left hand by shrapnel in the fighting at Courcelette and admitted to CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 3, 1916

Admitted to No 10 General Hospital with a shrapnel wound to left thumb Rouen 

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Lanfranc


Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) Folkstone while in hospital


Oct 5, 1916

Admitted to Smithson War Hospital at Greenock Scotland


Nov 18, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom 

While here complained of pain and swelling in left knee


Dec 21, 1916

Reported to be AWL for 3 days 

$3.30 forfeiture of pay


Jan 13, 1917

Complains of ear aches


Jan 22, 1917

Reported to be AWL


Jan 23, 1917

Discharged from Canadian Convalescent Hospital and transferred to CCAC Folkstone


Jan 24, 1917

Reported for duty from being AWL 

Awarded 5 days FP #2


Jan 30, 1917

Medical Board at Hastings makes note of shrapnel wound to left hand and injured left knee.  Declare him to be Category “B3” which allows him to do sedentary work only 

Awarded 18 days FP #2


Feb 2. 1917

Placed On Command for Garrison Duty at Hastings


Feb 16, 1917

Awarded 1 day FP #2


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford


Aug 10, 1917

Awarded 7 days FP #2 for drunkenness


Nov 20, 1917

Medical Board at Seaford notes intermittent attacks of synovitis of left knee and recommends he be invalided to Canada


Feb 14, 1918

Placed On Command to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 21, 1918

Ceases to be On Command to 6th Reserve Battalion and is admitted to No 5 Canadian Military Hospital Kirkdale


Mar 28, 1918

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, having embarked at Liverpool



Apr 7, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Posted to Military District No 3 at Kingston for treatment


Apr 11, 1918

Admitted to QMH (Queen’s Military Hospital) Kingston Ontario with effects of chronic synovitis of left knee


Apr 18, 1918

Posted to Hospital Section at QMH and granted leave with subsistence until May 7


May 7, 1918

Returned from leave


May 14, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until May 28, 1918


May 30, 1918

Medical Board at Queen’s Military Hospital, Kingston makes note of shrapnel wound to left hand and synovitis in left knee. 

Note is also made of 2 incidents of Gonorrhea, one being in 1912, prior to attestation. 

Recommends he be discharged with “disability aggravated by vice & service, but the primary lesion acquired previous to enlistment”


Jun 14, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario as Medically Unfit for further service 

Proposed residence on discharge – Valcourt Quebec


Jun 18, 1918

Discharged from QMH


Jun 17, 1919

Attested into the 4th Detachment Canadian Garrison Regiment, Military District No 4 at Montreal Quebec 

Ø      Number 455394

Ø      Next of kin given as Moise Lachapelle (father) of Valcourt County Shefford Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Merchant-Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 59th Regiment 1 year and 21st Regiment 2 years (both should read “Battalion”)

Ø      Previous discharge by reason of Sickness

Ø      Medical passed as category “D2”

o       this was a special group to include all other ranks of any unit under medical treatment, who on completion would rejoin their original category.


Jul 26, 1919

Admitted to the Montreal Military Hospital with Tonsillitis which was later changed to read Diphtheria


Jul 29, 1919

Transferred to the Alexandra Hospital Montreal


Jul 31, 1919

TOS District Depot #4 at Montreal from the 4th Garrison Regiment and posted to the Casualty Company


Aug 5, 1919

Transferred from Casualty Company to the Hospital Section


Aug 15, 1919

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Casualty Company




Aug 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF on Demobilization at Montreal Quebec 

Proposed residence on Discharge – Valcourt County, Shefford Quebec


Dec 6, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to #5 3rd Street, Cobalt Ontario


Dec 1, 1929 Died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills

St Mary's Cemetery
North Bay Ontario

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