Ulderique Henri Loiseau
aka Henry Bird


Mar 7, 1872

Born in Montreal, Quebec to Cyrille Joseph and Aurelie D’Arragon (nee Lafrance) Loiseau


Nov 25, 1889

Married to Mary Ann Manville in the St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59600 (temporary number 91)

Ø      Next of kin given as Annie Loiseau, wife, 80 Quebec St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Barber

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles and 1 year in the 5th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 4, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for being Absent from Camp from 5 pm December 26, 1915 until 5 pm December 27, 1915.  He also forfeited 2 day’s pay


Mar 17, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for Drunkeness and fined $2.00


Apr 9, 1916

During heavy fighting at the St. Eloi Craters, Private Ulderique Loiseau was killed by the explosion of a shrapnel shell during the night of April 9/10.  His comrades buried him a few days later in the Ridgewood Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his family

Below is from the 21st Battalion's War diary for April 9, 1916




  Ulderique Loiseau is honoured on the Wall of Remembrance in Kingston, Ontario

He is also honoured on a plaque in Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall

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