Joseph Charles Le Ruez

Oct 20, 1889

Born in Guernsey, Channel Islands, England


Mar 6, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Tavistock, Ontario

Ø  Number 675719

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Joseph Le Ruez, wife, Tavistock, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the Royal Guernsey Militia, England

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis, near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden to continue training


Oct 1, 1916

Shown on the payroll with the rank of Corporal


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Nov 10, 1916

Reduced to the rank of Lance Corporal


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, to continue training

Rank changed to read Acting Lance Corporal


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling to continue his training


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train troops for the front


Dec 6, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to a fighting battalion in France

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 21 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 11, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Le Ruez joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Dec 14, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp he joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines west of Neuville St. Vaast and was assigned to “B” Company


Feb 20, 1918

While the battalion was in billets in the Alberta Camp in Carency, France Private Le Ruez was sent out on a work party and received a slight wound.  He was admitted to the nearby No. 7 Field Ambulance for treatment


Feb 25, 1918

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance and rejoined the battalion


Mar 17, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Ament 675617 who had been wounded and invalided to England


May 6, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay to replace A/Cpl Gill 210371 who had been admitted to hospital


Jul 24, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Gill who had been invalided to England


Aug 28, 1918

During the 21st Battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, south east of Vis-en-Artois, Cpl Le Ruez received wounds to both his legs and right arm.  He was given first aid at the nearby field ambulance then transported to the casualty clearing station for further treatment


Aug 31, 1918

Transferred to the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital in Abbeville, France with a shrapnel wound to his right leg that caused a compound fracture.  His right arm and left leg were severely infected and septic


Sep 2, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. David



On arrival in England he was admitted to the Whipps Cross War Hospital, Leytonstone

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


Sep 6, 1918

Corporal Le Ruez’s right leg was amputated above the knee in an effort to reduce infection


Sep 13, 1918

Corporal Joseph Le Ruez died at 4.30 pm while in the Whipps Cross War Hospital, Leytonstone and was buried in the nearby Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. F. Smith, 23 Hawthorne Ave., Hamilton, Ontario (she had remarried)

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. J. Le Ruez, Waterdown, Ontario


Dec 6, 1919

His widow, Florence, remarried in Hamilton, Ontario to Samuel John Smith

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