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Name: Edmond Levesque Rank: Lance Corporal Unit: Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C. Service Number: G19356 Date of Birth: April 22, 1924 Place of Birth: Edmundston, New Brunswick Date of Enlistment: August 7, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Woodstock, New Brunswick Address at Enlistment: Albertine, NB Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 ft, 4 inches Eyes: Brown Hair: Blond Complexion: Fair Weight: 124 lbs. Trade: Labourer/Farming Marital Status: Single at Enlistment Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Rene Levesque (Father) Albertine, New Brunswick (At Attestation) Date of Death: April 22, 1945 Age: 21 Cemetery: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands Grave Reference: XIV. H. 10. Commemorated on page 534 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on November 10 Not listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial Edmond Levesque, one of eight children, was the son of Rene and Anna Levesque. He only attended school for two years as the family farm was three miles from the school. He worked on the family farm until his enlistment. He enlisted at Woodstock, NB and completed training there and eleven months at Camp Aldershot in Nova Scotia. He married Lea Marie Elizabeth D’Eon of West Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia on March 2, 1943 at Wolfville, NS. The couple met while he was stationed at Camp Aldershot. He was attached to the Administrative Wing #14 ITG Aldershot under he departed for overseas on August 27, 1943. His wife then returned to West Pubnico and his daughter, Clodette Marie was born there on February 2, 1944. Edmond disembarked in England on September 1, 1943 and was assigned to the Carleton and York Regiment, R.C.I.C. He served in England until May 25, 1944 and in Italy between March 17, 1945. He disembarked in France on March 20, 1945 and served Northwest Europe until his death. He was killed in action on April 22, 1945 while serving in the Netherlands. On the evening of April 22, 1945 the Canadians were engaged in fighting near Langenoord, Holland. The Canadians brought their wounded to the Parish House to care for them. The keeper of the Parish house and the family were forced to hide in the cellar; when the Canadians brought their wounded to the kitchen of the house the grandfather of Maarten Boersen left the cellar to help them. Edmond Levesque and James Jamieson, (born in Toronto) both with the Carleton and York Regiment died in the Parish Home that evening.(The Button - Wartime Heritage Story Archive) The two soldiers were buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Langenoord, Holland, and were reburied in the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Netherlands in 1946. Edmond Levesque's initial burial grave is to the left of James Jamieson's grave who also died on April 22, 1945, aged 26. (Jamieson’s grave has a helmet on the cross) (From a photo collection of Alvin McCahill who served with the Carleton and York Regiment)
Edmond Levesque
Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
The Vanguard (Tri-County Extra) November 6, 2019