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Benoit Joseph Melanson 733556 Private 112th Battalion; 25th Battalion       March 21, 1898   Grosses Coques, Digby Co., NS     December 21, 1915   Yarmouth NS   Grosses Coques, Digby Co., NS 17   5 feet, 9 inches fair brown blue 29th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Yarmouth NS Single Sailor Roman Catholic   John C Melanson (Father), Grosses Coques, Digby Co., NS     August 9, 1918   20 Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, France Plot: V. D. 8     Commemorated on Page  469 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 5 and October 6 Benoit Jospeh Melanson was the son of John C. and  Aimee Bourneuf Melanson, of Grosses Coques, Digby Co., Nova Scotia. Having enlisted with the 219th at Yarmouth, he departed Canada on the SS Olympic from Halifax on July 23, 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool, England on July 31, 1916. He was taken on strength by the 25th Battalion from the 112th Battalion in France on October 6, 1916. He was hospitalized the result of a slight wound to the head on July 25, 1917. He was discharged from No. 23 Casualty Clearing Station on August 7, 1917. He rejoined his unit in the field the following day. On November 22, he was granted fourteen days leave in England.  He rejoined the 25th Battalion on December 10, 1917.   He reported sick and was hospitalized between December 11, 1917 and April 6, 1918.  He was discharged from No. 51 General Hospital at Etaples and was transferred to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp (where troops were held before being sent to reinforce existing units). On May 15, 1918, Private Melanson was sentenced to fourteen days Field Punishment No 1 for drunkenness while on active duty while at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.   On June 17, 1918 he left for his unit and joined them on June 19, 1918. On August 8, 1918 Private Melanson was wounded by a gun shot wound to the abdomen and was taken to No.1 Canadian Field Ambulance and transferred to No.5 Casualty Clearning Station where he died of his wounds.
  Benoit Joseph Melanson
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