André (aka Andie & Andrew) Mallet

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jan 12, 1889

Born in Shippigan, New Brunswick to Cléophas and Madeleine (nee Hebert) Mallet


Aug 27, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion in Sussex, New Brunswick

Ø      Number 445567

Ø      Next of kin given as Cleo Mallet, father, Shippagan, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

At this time the battalion was training in Valcartier, Quebec.

For some reason he gave his birth date as July 12, 1893.  I could find no reason for this, but his birth registration and the 1891 Canadian Census both confirm that the correct date is January 12, 1889.


Aug 30, 1915

Moved to Valcartier, Quebec to train with the battalion


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bramshott camp


Dec 20, 1915

Admitted to the Connaught Military Hospital, Aldershot diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Dec 23, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 27, 1915

Readmitted to the Connaught Military Hospital, Aldershot for further treatment of his Gonorrhea


Dec 29, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 853 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 13, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion


May 15, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line T & R trenches


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on a German strong point in a sugar refinery near Courcelette, Private Mallet was killed in action.  He was first buried in a field near where he fell, but in late 1919 the Graves Registration Commission exhumed his body and reburied him in the Courcelette British Cemetery, Courcelette, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Cleophas J. Mallet, Shippagan, New Brunswick.

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Madeleine Mallet, at the same address


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