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Name: Ernest Joseph Amirault Rank: Gunner Regimental Number: 336167 Regiment: Canadian Infantry Unit: Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery Division: 1st Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery Date of birth: September 15, 1893 Place of birth: Middle East Pubnico, NS Address at Enlistment: Middle East Pubnico, NS Date of enlistment: November 26, 1917 Place of enlistment: Woodstock NB Age at enlistment: 24 Height: 5 feet 8 inches Brown hair, blue eyes Prior Military Experience: No Trade: Clerk Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mrs. Margaret Amirault (Mother), Middle East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., NS Date of Death: On October 8, 1918 Cemetery: Windmill British Cemetery; Monchy-Le-Preux, Pas de Calais, France Grave Reference: II. H. 14. Ernest was the son of Dr. Theodore David and Mrs. Margaret Amirault (nee LeBlanc), of Middle East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. Ernest had four brothers and one sister, Edith. He was employed at the Mersey Hotel in Liverpool, N.S. and moved to St John, New Brunswick where he was employed for two years at the Park Hotel as a night porter and then as day porter. His medical was completed at St. John on November 5, 1917. Ernest went overseas with the 65th Battalion and after six weeks in England was transferred to the Canadian Field Artillery, 1st Trench Mortar Battery and departed for France. On October 8, 1918, he was standing in a gun-pit firing his gun when an enemy shell exploded before he could take cover. A piece of shell struck him and he was instantly killed. He was buried behind the lines and special cross was placed over his grave. Commemorated on Page 359 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 6 Listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial Sources: Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Ernest Joseph Amirault
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