Nelson Bazil Laplante, MM


Apr 5, 1879

Born at North Gower County, Carleton Ontario


Mar 21, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Kemptville Ontario 

Ø      Number 639933

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Nelson Bazil Laplante (wife) of Kemptville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Blacksmith

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Sep 29, 1916

Will made out leaving estate to his wife, Elizabeth Laplante.


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Nov 2, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 109th Battalion at Witley


Nov 7, 1916

A second Will made out leaving his estate to his wife, Elizabeth Laplante.


Dec 9, 1916

TOS the 124th Battalion at Witley


Jan 5, 1917

TOS 156th Battalion at Witley


Apr 17, 1917

Awarded 1 day FP #2 (Field Punishment), offence not recorded


Jun 11, 1917

Admitted to Bramshott Military Hospital with Gonorrhea


Jul 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Mar 2, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to 21st Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 12, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front lines at Mercatel France


Aug 26, 1918

Killed in action during an attack near Guemappe France.  He was one of over 300 casualties suffered in that attack.

Tilloy British Cemetery
Tilloy Les Mofflaines France


Sep 4, 1918

Announced in the Battalion War Diary that he will be awarded the Military Medal for action at Marcelcave on August 8, 1918


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31142



Jun 10, 1920

Starting on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following were sent to his wife at 283 Cambridge St., Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Military Medal

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal

Ø      Plaque

Ø      Scroll

Ø      Memorial Cross 

On June 10 1920 a Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs. Bazil Laplante at Kemptville Ontario





For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers who were lost in the Great War were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  Amongst the first names to be projected on the wall was that of Nelson Bazil Laplante.  


Below is the name of Nelson Laplante being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


Below is the War Memorial at North Grenville District High School, Kemptville Ontario

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