Joseph Edward Laplante


Feb 20, 1887

Born at Pembroke Ontario 

His name on the registration of his birth reads Joseph Aldeman Leplante


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59566 (temporary number 887)

Ø      Next of kin given as Minnie Laplante (mother) of Pembroke Ontario

o       This was later changed to Edith May Laplante (wife)

Ø      Previous occupation given as clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent




Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 17, 1915

Admitted to No 8 Stationary Hospital with Trench Feet


Nov 18, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis



Nov 19, 1915

Admitted to Duchess of Connaught Convalescent Hospital at Taplow with Trench Feet 

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Jan 8, 1916

Transferred to Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital at Uxbridge


Feb 12, 1916

Transferred to Granville Canadian Hospital at Ramsgate


Feb 15, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Bath while in hospital


Jun 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to CCAC at Folkestone


Jun 7, 1916

Attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Monks Horton for 4 weeks PT (Physical Training)


Jun 10, 1916

Granted leave until midnight, June 18, 1916


Jul 11, 1916

Ceases to be attached and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp for duty


Aug 17, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl to replace L/Cpl AW May, 59674, who had proceeded to England for a Commission


Sep 10, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 11, 1916

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


Oct 1, 1916

Left CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Oct 4, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had just been relieved by the 1st Canadian Battalion and proceeded to the Transport lines in the Brickfields at Albert


Dec 18, 1916

Attached to 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jan 17, 1917

Ceased to be attached and returned to the 21st Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Cpl with pay to replace Cpl Walsh, 60024, who proceeded to Corps HQ for employment


May 9, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt PF Pirie, 59802, who had been promoted


May 24, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt with pay to replace Sgt Wallace, 60023, who had proceeded to 4th Bde HQ for employment


Sep 29, 1917

Admitted to No 58 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) diagnosed with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever of unknown cause


Sep 30, 1917

Transferred to No 57 General Hospital at Boulogne and diagnosis changed to read Trench Fever


Oct 7, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


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

Reverts to rank of L/Sgt on evacuation to England


Oct 9, 1917

Admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital at Birmingham and diagnosis changed to read Myalgia


Oct 23, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park


Nov 23, 1917

Granted permission to marry


Jan 1, 1918

Pay assignment made out to wife, Mrs Edith May Laplante (wife) of 87 Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, London England 

No date is shown for the actual wedding.  However, note the marriage dated April 25, 1918, at Pembroke Ontario


Mar 16, 1918

Placed On Command to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 21, 1918

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Apr 8, 1918

Embarked for SS Mauretania at Liverpool


His wife is listed on the ship’s manifest as returning with him


Apr 15, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Apr 25, 1918

Married in the Bishop’s Chapel of St Columba’s Cathedral, Pembroke Ontario, to Miss Edith May Gill.



Her religion is recorded as Church of England on the ship’s manifest.  It is possible that they were initially married in an Anglican Church in England, and to satisfy the Catholic Church, they were required to be remarried by a Catholic Priest


May 28, 1918

Transferred to No 3 AMC (Army Medical Corps) Training Depot at Kingston


Jun 15, 1918

Transferred to the CAMC at the Petawawa Camp


Apr 22, 1919

TOS District Depot No 3 and posted to the Casualty Company at Fort Henry, Kingston Ontario


May 22, 1919

Transferred to the strength of Queen’s Military Hospital at Kingston


Dec 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario as Medically Unfit 

Rank on discharge – Sgt 

Proposed residence on discharge – Kingston Ontario


Aug 10, 1921

British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-15 Star sent to Kingston Ontario


Above photos of medals reproduced with permission of current owner (2011)


Nov 28, 1939 Killed near St Anne Manitoba

Buried at St Mary's Cemetery, Winnipeg Manitoba,  along with his mother



Upon further investigation, another theory was presented the following day

The article goes on to say that he was killed by a stray bullet and that the hunter who fired the bullet most likely did not know that he had struck and killed someone.  Below is an excerpt from the Coroner's report

The Coroner's report also notes that he had been living in Manitoba for the past 19 years and that he was married to Edith May (nee Gill) Laplante living at 91 Matheson Ave, Winnipeg.  His occupation is listed being a Stationary Engineer employed at the Fort Gary Hotel, Winnipeg.  His son, George Edward Laplante, supplied the family information for the report

I want to thank Jim Busby for doing the research into Joseph Laplante's untimely death, and for tracking down his burial location and roaming the cemetery with wet snow falling to take the headstone photos.

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