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The 69th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, was formed on July 1st, 1915 by Lieutenant Colonel J. Adolphe Dansereau in Montréal, Québec. Following training in St. John, New Brunswick, the 69th left for England in April of 1916. My great uncle, Emery J. Larock, was one of the many of the 69th who were added to battalions already serving in France and Belgium from reserve battalions. His was the 23rd (Reserve) Battalion.

On 20 September, 1920, the 69th was officially disbanded.

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The 69th Battalion sailed for England from St. John, New Brunswick on 17 April, 1916 on the USS Scandinavian.
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Members of the 69th who served
 in the 19th Battalion
Regiment Number links go to their Attestations page
Death links go to their Commonwealth War Graves remembrances page
LC-Lance Corporal, CP-Corporal, SG-Sergeant
 

Rgmt No
Name
Date of Death, Buried or Remembered or
Status of Soldier and Date
120032
120053
120112
120161
120186
120260
120277
120397
120399
120426
120513

120597
120622
120632
120650
120665
120673
120684
120716
120806
120908
120919
120932
120949
121021
121624
121625
121654
121834
121842
Cunningham, James
Bolton, Charles T.
Whiting, F. C.
Eaves, Alfred Curtis 
Stewart, Frederick William 
Kennedy, George 
Millar, Peter 
Legg, Jack
Gray, Oliver (LC)
Mullaney, Thomas 
Larock, Emery J. 
Abbott, George
Brodie, Hugh 
Camilleri, Carmelo 
Kent, Eugene 
Geudens, Charles Joseph 
Murdoch, Ralph Bruce 
Granger, Thomas
Milam, John Henry
Hackett, William Patrick
Stone, Arthur Wayne
Jubin, Cyrille
West, William Henry
Fordham, Victor
Watts, John Henry
Barker, Richard W. (LC)
Hinton, Frederick
Brooks, John H.
Ainsworth, George
Barry, Edward 
Scott, John 
Mullins, Michael James 
John, Paul

CTS-MTL, 1917- Returned, Survived
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Meritorious Service
Men of the 69th Overseas in the 19th Battalion

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Sergeant Cyrille Jubin, D.C.M., son of Eugene and Benjamine Jubin of Montréal, Québec, was most distinguished for his conduct during the war while serving in the 19th Battalion. He had lost his father before his 18th birthday, and decided to enlist in the CEF with the 69th Overseas Battalion on September 16th, 1915. Upon being transferred to the 10th Reserve and the 19th respectively, Cyrille served the entire time while on the continent. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, and then earned a Distinguished Conduct Medal while engaged in combat near Hendecourt, France in May of 1918.

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Private John Henry Milam, Croix De Guerre, husband of Celie Stanley Milam of Montréal, Québec, was most distinguished for his conduct during the war while serving in the 19th Battalion. He decided to enlist in the CEF with the 69th Overseas Battalion on September 1st, 1915. Upon being transferred to the 10th Reserve and the 19th respectively, John served the entire time while on the continent. He earned the French Croix De Guerre while engaged in combat near Hendecourt, France in May of 1918.

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Lance Corporal Oliver Gray, M.M., son of Oliver and Mary of Fredericton, New Brunswick, was most distinguished for his conduct during the war while serving in the 19th Battalion. He decided to enlist in the CEF with the 69th Overseas Battalion on August 14th, 1915. Upon being transferred to the 10th Reserve and the 19th respectively, Oliver served the entire time while on the continent. He earned the Military Medal in September of 1918 following combat in the Amiens sector, France in the previous month. On March 16th, 1919, he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, and was demobilized under that rank.

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Private John H. Brooks, M.M., of Nottingham, England, was most distinguished for his conduct during the war while serving in the 19th Battalion. He decided to enlist in the CEF with the 69th Overseas Battalion on November 27th, 1915. Upon being transferred to the 10th Reserve and the 19th respectively, John served the entire time while on the continent. He earned the Military Medal following combat in the Canal de L'Escaut area of France in October of 1918.

Emery on guard, March 9, 1919.
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War Diary entry for March, Appendix 1.

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