Eugene Paul Levergneux
aka Jean Devarney

Jun 21, 1888

Born in Grand River, Quebec to Albert and Elizabeth (nee Fortin) Levergneux


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59259

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Victoria John, 94 Rand St., Hull, Quebec

o   There is a note to also notify Mrs. Seymour, mother, 102 Garneau St., Hull, Quebec

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Saw Mill Worker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion not stated

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

Note that he attested under the false name of Jean Devarney

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

He came forward and proclaimed his true name to be Eugene Levergneux


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 7, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No. 1 for drunkenness and being in town without a pass


Jul 14, 1916

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company for duty


Aug 17, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from the tunnelling company


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the Sugar Factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Levergneux received a shrapnel wound to his right leg that tore away a large piece of muscle from his calf and fractured his Tibia.  He was first evacuated to a nearby field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further evaluation


Sep 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bethnal Green Military Hospital, Cambridge Heath Road, London where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel and repair muscle damage

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 29, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Feb 6, 1917

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital in Shorncliffe


Mar 3, 1917

Transferred to the Manor House Convalescent Hospital in Folkestone


Mar 10, 1917

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


Mar 11, 1917

Transferred to the St. Leonard’s Hospital in north London


Jun 11, 1917

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya



Jun 22, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Jul 6, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec City notes

Ø  There is considerable loss of muscle in right calf from shrapnel wound

Ø  The fractured Tibia is well healed but the muscle area is not completely healed

Ø  There is limited movement of right foot due to muscle loss

Ø  His incapacity is 50%, but should decrease in 3 months, however there will be some permanent disability

Ø  Treatment in a convalescent home is recommended


Jul 10, 1917

Following his medical exam in Quebec City, he proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital


Jul 13, 1917

To be treated as an Out-Patient of the Queen’s Military Hospital


Jul 30, 1917

Transferred to the Flemming Convalescent Home in Ottawa, Ontario


Aug 4, 1917

To be treated as an Out-Patient of the Flemming Convalescent Home in Ottawa


Oct 18, 1917

Medical Board in Ottawa notes

Ø  Patient suffers from weakness in right leg due to muscle loss from a shrapnel wound

Ø  Pain extends to right ankle and foot when walking

Ø  Condition should improve in 1 year

Ø  Earning capacity is reduced by one-fifth due to service

Ø  Recommended for discharge from military service


Dec 1, 1917

Discharged from hospital and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Dec 3, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge given as 102 Garneau St., Hull, Quebec

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 102 Garneau St., Hull, Quebec

In February of 1918 he married Ernestine Robillard in Hull, Quebec

In November of 1977 Eugene Levergneux died in Forestport, Oneida, New York, USA and was buried in the Holy Name Cemetery, Tupper Lake, New York



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