Wilfred Lalonde

May 2, 1879

Born in Curran, Ontario to Francois-Xavier and Rose-Anna (nee Duclos) Lalonde


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59558 (temporary number 891)

Ø  Next of kin given as Francois-Xavier Lalonde, father, Curran, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o   Later posted to “D” 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


Jul 14, 1915

Fined $6.00 for being drunk


Jul 22, 1915

Fined $5.00 for being drunk


Aug 4, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days detention and forfeited ½ pay for 3 months for

Ø  Absent without leave for 1 day

Ø  Being drunk

Ø  Escaping custody


Sep 6, 1915

Forfeited 1 days pay for being absent and fined $6.00 for being drunk


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 15, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent from the 1:45 pm parade.  It should be noted that the battalion was forming up to proceed to the front line trench near La Clytte, Belgium and he was 1 of 24 men absent from that parade


Nov 11, 1915

The incident below is recorded in Ordinary Heroes, the history of the 21st Battalion.  It records the heroic actions of Private Lalonde in rescuing a wounded soldier, and retrieving the bodies of Lance Corporal Tomas Cochrane and Private Irwin Wilkie while exposed to the enemy sniper who had killed both men



Nov 27, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being drunk


Jan 1, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Orchitis NV (Non Venereal).  Transferred the same day to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  The diagnosis was later changed to read VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Jan 3, 1916

Transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 18 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Jan 4, 1916

Transferred to the No. 9 Stationary Hospital in Havre


Mar 8, 1916

Discharged to the No. 1 Camp Details in Havre


Mar 21, 1916

Transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Apr 11, 1916

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being absent from 9 pm April 9 until 3.15 am April 10, about 6 ¼ hours and forfeited 1 day’s pay


Apr 26, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 Stationary Hospital with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read Rhinitis, a nasal infection


May 4, 1916

Discharged to the Canadian Base Depot in Havre from hospital


May 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Lalonde rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the “B” Camp at La Clytte, Belgium


Jun 16, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia caused from a shell explosion and placed in the Canadian Division Rest Station


Jun 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Dec 26, 1917

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment No. 1 for being drunk


Mar 19, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jun 15, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Company, Canadian Forestry Corps


Jan 28, 1919

Transferred to the CFCBD (Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot) in Sunningdale, England


Feb 19, 1919

Transferred to the Military District No. 4 Wing, Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Feb 25, 1919

Embarked the SS Megantic in Liverpool



Mar 5, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec where he was Taken On Strength Military District No. 4 Casualty Company


Mar 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 94839

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Plantagenet, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o Officer Commanding RCD (Royal Canadian Dragoons) Headquarters, Toronto, Ontario


May 8, 1924

Married to Olivine Roussel in Chateauguay, Quebec


Jul 11, 1947

Wilfred Lalonde died while a patient of the Queen Mary Veteran’s Hospital in Montreal, Quebec of an Intestinal Obstruction and was buried in the Cote des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal



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