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William Rudolph d’Entremont Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry (Nova Scotia Regiment) Battalion: 112 Battalion/25th Battalion Regimental Number: 734404 Rank: Private Place of Birth: Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia Date of Birth: October 15, 1892 Trade or Calling: Fisherman Marital Status: Single Next of Kin: Joseph V d’Entremont (Father), Lower West Pubnico, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: March 15, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Prior Military Experience: 29th Battery, CFA (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) Age at Enlistment: 23 Height: 5 Feet 5 Inches Religion: Roman Catholic Date of Death: April 9, 1917 Cause of Death: Killed in Action (Vimy Ridge) Age at Death: 24 William Rudolph d’Entremont was the son of Joseph Vincent d’Entremont and Alice (D’Eon) d’Entremont, Lower West Pubnico. He enlisted in Yarmouth with the 112th Battalion and served with that Battalion in England where he was transferred to the 25th Battalion. He had eleven brothers and sisters. He wrote the following letter to his sister Lorraine (Laurie) from England on August 15th, 1916. In another letter to his mother, he wrote: Cemetery: Nine Elms Military Cemetery (France); Pas de Calais, France Grave Reference: IV. E. 13. "NINE ELMS" was the name given by the Army to a group of trees 460 metres East of the Arras-Lens main road, between Thelus and Roclincourt. There are now nearly 700, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, almost 150 are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one Canadian soldier, believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 44 soldiers from Canada and ten from the United Kingdom, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. Four graves in Plot IV, identified as a whole but not individually, are marked by headstones bearing the additional words: "Buried near this spot". William d’Entremont is Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 112th Battalion, and Commemorated on Page 227 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
Private William Rudolph d’Entremont
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Dear Laurie I have landed after a fine trip across the water. We left Windsor on Sunday at 9 am and landed at Halifax where we boarded the ship which brought us over. We were then given our places to sleep and I was glad to get to mine. When I got up next morning we were on our way and we landed the following Monday at Plymouth. We then took a train and rode all day landing at the camp after marching a mile. We were there a week and then were given a pass to go up to London and that is how I happen to be writing from here. I left for this city last Thursday and have had the time of my life and have seen many places. We were taken one morning to visit the Tower of London which is one of the oldest places in the city and was well worth seeing. Inside there are such things as old rifles, 300 or 400 years old, breast plates they wore in olden time; the gun carriage which King Edward VII was carried on. One of the prettiest things there was a glass case containing the crowns of the different kings. I don’t know how far back. The golden swords and spoons, diamonds and other precious stones were wonderful. There is one stone alone in the present king’s crown worth $550.000 so you can imagine what the rest of it is worth. Then we were shown the places where some of the ancient kings and queens were beheaded as well as the block they were beheaded on. It took us about three hours to go through the tower and even then we did not see it all. another day I was at Westminster Abbey which is also a place of great interest and although a very old building is still beautiful. All England’s kings and queens have been crowned here and the nation’s most celebrated men are here interred - the greatest honour to be bestowed. I visited such places as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the king’s stables at Buckingham Palace where the king’s horses are kept. It happened they were changing the guard and this was very interesting. On another occasion I visited Mme Tussaud’s art works seeing the wax works of such people as the two princesses who were murdered in the Tower of London - King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth and several Others. At one the piers here they have a German torpedo boat which was a mine layer and is practically a new sort of submarine. It was captured on the east coast sometime in April and is believed to have made several trips across the North Sea and laid 240 mines but was finally captured by a daring lieutenant. London, as you know, is the largest city in the world and if you were here you would surely think so - things are so busy. One very peculiar thing are the cars and buses which travel around. They all have two floors. In fact, they look like one car on top of another and you can have quite a ride for a penny. It is quite hard to get used to the ways of English money and English people but think I shall get used to it after a while. Today is the last day of my stay here in London and I cannot say that I am glad of it as I have had a good time. I hate to leave this place. Well, I think this is about all the news of interest I can think of now. Perhaps I will have something new to tell you next time I write. William
... Well, Mother, you are always inquiring in what part of France I am. It is pretty hard for me to explain to you because we are not allowed to tell in our letters. The boys around home are always inquiring about me and what I am doing. No doubt if they were here with me they would see and learn a lot which inquiring too much. You can tell the boys that I’m not sorry to be in active service and that I’m in good health and without a scratch so far. It’s not very often I get to write so if you do not hear from me very often do not be uneasy. I’m well and i fell all right.