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Albert J Muise The name, Muise, Albert J. appears as the 108th WWI name on the Yarmouth War Monument. No military record can be found; however, his story and why his name appears is unique. He was the son of Thomas Jean Athanase Muise (1878 - 1949) and Marie Louise Dora Amirault Muise (1878 - 1927) of Yarmouth. His parents eventually moved to the United States and are both buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. He had two brothers and eight sisters. Albert is also known as Joseph Henry and Charles Joseph, according to local Yarmouth historian, Arthur Thurston. In his book, A Monument Speaks, Thurston writes that Albert was a military recruit in the closing weeks of the war. Under the name of Joseph Henry Muise, his date of birth was April 15, 1903 and his date of death is recorded as May 16, 1921; in November of 1918, the last m he was only 15 and in May of 1921 he had just turned 18. Thurston relates that “the mode of his death was so horrifying and so public the Monument Committee assured that his name appear”. Work on the tugboat Otis Wack was under way at the New Burrell Johnson Iron Company, Yarmouth where Albert was employed as a helper to four boiler makers, George MacDonald, Andrew Norman, John Thibodeau and Fred Maynard. Albert was working on the inside of the large boiler recently put aboard the tug. A paraffin vapour torch on the end of a hose which led from the tank for heating the plates was being used. Albert was in the lower part of the boiler and under one of the furnaces that had been installed. The other four men were above the furnace. Suddenly the torch was blown from the hose and the interior of the boiler was filled with flames. The four above the furnace managed to escape. Albert received the full force of the explosion and the fire and burning oil descended upon him. Despite his condition, he managed to climb to a manhole and his burning body was pulled from the burning boiler. The fire was extinguished and he was administered first aid until an ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital. His injuries were severe, the left side of his forehead, face, his shoulders and arm, together with both his legs and feet were so badly burned that survival was impossible. He survived for thirty-six hours, dying on Monday, May 16, 1921. His funeral was held at St Ambrose Roman Catholic Church at 7:00 am, Thursday, May, with Rev. Hamilton officiating at the largely attended service. He is buried in Our Lady Of Calvary Roman Catholic Cemetery, Yarmouth, NS.
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