Simion (Simon) Laferriere

Dec 31, 1892

Born in Glengarry County, Ontario to Olivier and Mary (nee Lebeau) Laferriere


Nov 22, 1915

Attested into the 154th Battalion CEF in Alexandria, Ontario

Ø  Number 633079

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Lucy Laferriere, wife, Alexandria, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

 His brother, Alponse joined the battalion the following January

 The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario


Apr 24, 1916

Forfeited 2 days pay for 2 days absence


Jul 2, 1916

Forfeited 2 days pay for 2 days absence


Jul 10, 1916

Sentenced to 72 hours detention for being absent


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Jan 31, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling to continue training.  Shortly after his transfer, the 6th Reserve Battalion moved to permanent quarters in Seaford


May 3, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 4, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 344 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 31, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Laferriere joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines east of Vimy Ridge


Aug 5, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis.  He was transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station at Val de Maison for treatment


Aug 12, 1917

Transferred to the No. 10 CFA


Aug 19, 1917

Transferred to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for assessment


Aug 20, 1917

Transported by the No. 27 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 11 General Hospital


Aug 21, 1917

His brother Alponse joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 25, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck


 On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Western General Hospital in Liverpool where Pleurisy was added to the Bronchitis diagnosis.  This was later changed to read Pulmonary Tuberculosis

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

Oct 3, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom to continue treatment and recovery


Dec 4, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Basingstoke, Hants


Mar 19, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital in Lenham, Kent


Mar 28, 1918

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle


Apr 7, 1918

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

 TOS Military District No. 3 in Kingston for further treatment

 Note that this ship was torpedoed and sunk a little over 2 months later with the loss of 234 crew and patients.  There were only 24 survivors


Apr 11, 1918

Admitted to the Mowat Sanatorium Hospital, Portsmouth (now part of Kingston)


May 12, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 20, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

 Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge, Alexandria, Ontario

 His trade on discharge is noted as Carpenter 

Nov 1, 1918

Simon Laferriere died of Influenza in Alexandria, Ontario and was buried in the St. Finnan’s Cemetery there.  His death was declared to be as a result of his wartime service.


Following his death the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Lucy Laferriere, Alexandria, Ontario

 A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. M. Laferriere, 565 Frontenac St., Montreal, Quebec


Simon Laferriere is honoured on the Lancaster, Ontario War Memorial




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