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The Story of the 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
From BC to Baisieux by Sgt Leonard McLeod Gould HQ 102nd Canadians WW1


  

Louis DaemOn November 3, 1918. Almost 99 years ago near Marly France, a short ways from Valenciennes, my great-great uncle Louis was being moved in a horse drawn ambulance from 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station to 42 Casualty Clearing Station in France. He had been hit by shrapnel from an exploding shell (or possibly machine gun bullets - trying to determine this still) in both legs and his right arm. The Canadian Army Medical Corps were doing a great job evacuating him, and a few days later he would arrive in London.

When he arrived at the hospital in London on November 7th, the admitting doctor noted he was "very shell shocked" and septic.

On November 11th, the war ended.

On November 14th, they amputated his right leg.

On December 6th his condition further deteriorated, and on December 9th they amputated his left leg below the thigh. He died that same day.

This is one reason I wear a poppy in the week of November 11. To pay respect to family and strangers alike who served and some of whom died in the service of our great country. Lest we forget.

Morgan Brewster, Vancouver.

 

Later in the story we find Louis Daem was sick during the time of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at St Omer

Hospital St Omer

Despite all that - Louis Daem has a very intersting service record.

What you see below is his annotated records based on his service file from the Canadian National Archives which you can read here at the LINK

Key dates of Louis Daem is distinguished by over laying Louis's movements and the activities that were going on around him

We can see when he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a volunteer from Revelstoke BC Canada. 

Louis Daem Service What you are looking at to the left is the rec ord of Louis Daem contrasted to the action that was going on around him. The Yellow HIghlights indicate major battles while the remainder show the monthly totals of soldiers killed in action as they stood duty all along the Vimy front lines and to the north in Passchendale Belgium. Its a remarkable viewpoint because it shows the low casualties of the 102nd Battalion were in contrast to intensive actions that are shown in Yellow.

The intent of the web page for Louis Daem is to show you the long term nature of his service and that of his fellow 102nd Battalion soldiers who, were there until it as over as compared to our concepts of soldier employment today in far flung conflicts like Afgahanistan or Bosnia where the soldier in a Canadian Army unit will typically serve six months in the danger zone where random bombs and fighting are just as dangerous as they were in 1917 - 1918 when Louis Daem served almost 2 years exposed to injury or death.

Despite the risks to life and limb, Louis Daem is an excellent example because he was ain a number of battles in which the 102nd Battalion were active participants and we present these wit a brief synopsis and show you where on the ground he served and helped drive back an enemy every bit as committed to staying in France as the Canadians and French were to sending him back to Germany.

The first thing we notice is it took the military training system eight months from the time he signed on to his voyage from Halifax in mid August 1916.

His training was conducted in Bramshott Hampshire England and this was a busy training base throughout the war. Here the soldiers took part in a long and well thought out program to give them basic military training and prepare them for more advanced instruction when they went across the channel before they went to their assigned units in the field.

 In early December 1916 he arrived at the Canadian Base on the west coast of France wher he attend battle training. The base and locations are shown below at Etaples France.

EtaplesA full account is at this link. The training locations are at the top of the map.

Etaples was also the site of a complex of medical hospitals were wounded soldiers were treated and returned to duty or evacuated back to England for more serious cases.

 

Etaples VimyEtaples is about 55 miles from Vimy

BATTLE LOCATIONS

Below you will find battle locations of activities Louis Daem is assumed to have been present at. We say assumed as if he wasn't sick as per his service record - then he would have had a part in the action.

Louis's Unit went to Passchendale where the were in a mainly Labour Role - they carried supplies and wood for walkways so the soldiers could go back and forth without having to go through the mud.

There are several pictures at the attached link describing where the 102nd Battalion was deployed in Passchendael here

Here are two images which show you the main locations 102nd Battalion was in

102 at Passchedale 1

and

102 at Passchendale 2

102nd Battalion was at two locations in dug in positions as shown at this image below

102nd Battalion at Passchendaele 16 Nov 1917

The Raid at Willervaal 10 April 1918

is discussed at the link here on the page remembering Hamilton Tiger Cats Grey Cup Team Member George Ireland

who was the Grandfather of NHL luminary Pat Quinn of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks

Louis Daem with the 121st Battalion before he went to UK and France

Louis Daem with the 121st Battalion

Louis Daem 121st Bn Platoon Members

We Remember - Louis Daem

Louis Daem with Medic Brassard

 

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BATTLE HONOURS

"SOMME, 1916", "Ancre Heights", "Ancre, 1916", "ARRAS, 1917, 18", "VIMY, 1917", "Hill 70", ", 1917", "PASSCHENDAELE", "AMIENS", "Scarpe, 1918", "Drocourt-Queant", "HINDENBURG LINE", "CANAL du NORD", "VALENCIENNES", "France and Flanders, 1916-18".

Be sure and visit the 102nd Battalion`s Sister Unit - the 54th Kootenay Battalion

Visit the 21st Battalion from Eastern Ontario

In Memory of LEONARD MUNROE, Lance Corporal, 634116, 21st Bn., Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.), who died on, Saturday, 3rd November 1917. Age 22. Son of Peter Munroe and his wife Ellen McDermid, of Maxville, Ontario, resting at PASSCHENDAELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Grave Reference, IX. E. 11., all Canada in Khaki  pictures courtesy of Leonard Munroe' s descendant Maj Don MacLean, Canadian Armed Forces.