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Alfred Joseph Muese (Muise) Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 115th Battalion / 112th Battalion / 25th Battalion Regimental Number: 742306 Rank: Private Date of Birth: December 30, 1898 (on Attestation Paper) Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Trade: Labourer Marital Status: Single Place of Enlistment: Saint John, New Brunswick Date of Enlistment: December 31, 1915 Address at Enlistment: 186 Briton St., St John, New Brunswick Age at Enlistment: 17 Height: 5 Feet 5 3/4 Inches Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: William (Muese) Muise (Father), Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Alfred was born the son of William and Annie Muise of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The family lived on Commerical Street. In December, Alfred was in St. John, New Brunswick where his sister Mary (Fannie) (Muise) Friars lived. On December 30, 1915 Alfred turned 17. The following day he enlisted with the 115th Battalion in St. John, New Brunswick. Like many other young Canadian men, he gave an incorrect birth year on his Attestation paper, making him 18 years of age. He also gave his name incorrectly as Alfred Joseph Muese, changing the correct spelling of “Muise”. He listed his older sister, Mary, as his next of kin. She lived in St. John and in those days, it was far away from Yarmouth and his parents were ‘not looking over his shoulder’. On May 5, 1916, Alfred was transferred to the 112th Battalion. On July 23, 1916 he departed Halifax with the 112th Battalion on the S.S. Olympic arriving in Liverpool on July 31, 1916. On October 5, 1916 he was transferred from the 112th Battalion to the 25th Battalion and arrived at the Canadian Base Depot in France on July 6, 1916. From there, he departed for the front lines on July 20, 1916 and arrived there on July 22. He served for six months before the assault on Vimy Ridge. On April 29, 1917 during the Vimy Ridge attack he was killed in action. He fell near another soldier from Yarmouth, Eugene Lewis. Alfred was one of four brothers who served during World War I. A year after the death of Alfred Joseph Muise another brother was born and he was named Joseph Alfred Muise, and was also called Alfred. His brother’s daughter was named after both Alfred Joseph and Arthur although they feminized the name to be Josephine Artha Muise. Date of Death: April 29, 1917 Age at Death: 18 Cemetery: Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France (Listed as A. J. Muise) Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal Commemorated on Page 298 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 30 and July 1 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 112th Battalion. Notes: The Yarmouth monument lists Alfred Joseph Muise as: “Muise, John A” Private Alfred Joseph Muise on his attestation paper wrote his name as “Muese” . In the official war records his father’s name is listed as both Muese and Muise. Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Census Records 1901 Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 247)
Private Alfred Joseph Muese (Muise)
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A letter written by Lieutenant Charles Trask to his parents in Yarmouth provided information on the death of Private Muise. Lieutenant Trask arrived in the line on April 29, 1917. of my corporals found Eugene Lewis’s body a few nights before we came out of the trenches and also that of another Yarmouth boy, A. Muise. They were both killed instantly and within a few yards of each other. We had them buried that night in the usual manner. Some day I hope to be able to tell his people exactly where he is. ...
Attestation Paper (click to enlarge)
Photo: Courtesy of Josephine Artha Muise.
James (Jimmy) William Muise, (#734000) born February 27, 1901 served with the Royal Canadian Regiment. He was gassed at Passchendaele and after four months in the 16th General Canadian Hospital was invalided home. A student at the time, he enlisted on February 18, 1916 at the age of 14 giving his year of birth 1898 on his attestation paper. George Stanley Muise, known as Stanley (#69619) born October 26, 1894, who served with the 26th New Brunswick Battalion was wounded, having been shot through the chest, and was also invalided home in the fall of 1917. However, he re-enlisted February 6, 1918 (#3256352). Arthur Muise, (#67314) born, January 10, 1896, served in France with the 25th Battalion.