John Le Page, MM



Jan 24, 1896

Born to Cyril Le Page at Bonaventure Quebec


Oct 18, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Val Cartier Quebec 

Ø      Number 445604

Ø      Next of kin given as Cerille Le Page (father) of Bonaventure Quebec

o       As he could not read or write, he signed his papers with an X.  Because of this, his father’s given name was spelled incorrectly

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 1, 1915

Awarded 2 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 2 days pay for “Creating a disturbance after lights out”


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp at Havre France as part of a draft of 853 Other Ranks and TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 21st Battalion


May 13, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


May 15, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field.  The Battalion had just been relieved from the front line trench and had proceeded to Corps Reserve carrying out fatigue work and training


Mar 12, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #29981


Citation reads

For marked courage and devotion to duty in action.  At great personal risk this man entered and bombed several dugouts, and secured many valuable documents.  His daring and initation were an excellent example to his party.

AFW 3121


Apr 9, 1917            Killed in action during the attack at Vimy Ridge



He was laid to rest in a mass grave in the Lichfield Crater Cemetery, Thelus France


Dec 22, 1920

On this and subsequent dates, the following were sent to his father, Cyril Le Page, at St Simeon de Bonaventure Quebec 

Ø      British War Medal

Ø      Victory Medal

Ø      Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny)

Ø      Scroll

Ø      Memorial Cross

o       The Memorial Cross was sent to his father as his mother had died after his death at Vimy Ridge

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