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Daniel DUFOUR
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I’m looking for Sergeant Louis LESSARD military medal. He was member of the 7th Bn. CRT. His war records does mention he won a MM. His service number is 1102223. I searched the LAC website and found nothing. Could someone help me out? I would like to know in what circumstances he won this medal...

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7 minutes ago, Daniel DUFOUR said:

I’m looking for Sergeant Louis LESSARD military medal. He was member of the 7th Bn. CRT. His war records does mention he won a MM. His service number is 1102223. I searched the LAC website and found nothing. Could someone help me out? I would like to know in what circumstances he won this medal...

Please give what other details you have and explain what CRT and LAC 

This is forum that deals with WW1 only 

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Sure! CRT stands for “Canadian Railway Troops” and LAC is “Library and Archives Canada”.  This is LAC’s medals search portal: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/military-medals-1812-1969/Pages/search.aspx

Since Canadian Railway Troops were under British command, and since medals won by Canadians during WW1 were British medals, I guess there might be a UK website where I could find the information I’m looking for…

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Daniel

No trace in the London Gazette under that surname or that number.

Brian

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CEF citations for the MM situated at Ottawa did not go up in smoke, unlike their counterparts held by the British Army in London in 1940. The citations were completed on the forms up until March 1918, and can be accessed via Ancestry if you are a subscriber. Direct requests on the forum for lookups of documents behind paywalls are not permitted.

https://www.ancestry.ca/search/collections/2471/

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Attested 27 Jan 1917, so his MM must have been for late 1917 or 1918:

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=52667

Like Keith, I cannot see any record of him and a MM in the London Gazette or the National Archives.

Do you have his MM, or are you related to him?   Where was his MM mentioned?

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His service docs do mention the MM twice on discharge docs but not on those that show his movements whilst in UK and Europe. I would have thought if valid it would be in those. 

https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B5597-S005

As above no sign in Canadians or UK records of the MM. Clerical error?

 

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Maybe there is an error. The battalion commandant Martin wrote his memoirs “The War and the 7th Bn CRT”, where he mentions that Sgt Lessard won a MM, but it doesn’t say more… I’ll try TNA

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A mystery indeed, That it is in his docs and in a memoir.

Despite declaring he had no previous service on his attestation page 29 of his docs shows an orginal enlistment of 27/11/14. Overseas March 1915, Wounded in 1916 and invalided to Canada Nov 1916. re-enlisted Jan 1917 which these docs seem to refer to.  All very strange. 

 

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Would he have won the MM with another unit under a different service number, e.g. in 1916? However, can't see him in the LG!

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Does not seem to be another set of relevant docs under the same name. So I think I will do a bit of genealogy to see if that gives any clues. 

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From what I have encountered on similar threads of hard-to-locate servicemen, the advice has been to search newspapers of the time

(presumably the birth place or the hometown newspaper) for articles.

Also, did the 7th Bn CRT have a war diary?

Regards,

JMB

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War diary

https://recherche-collection-search.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/home/record?app=fonandcol&IdNumber=2004965&q=9-52 war diaries railway

Louis Paul Lessard appears to be his true name. Married with several children

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/208777834/louis-paul-lessard?_gl=1*cwmu5x*_ga*MjM0ODMyNzA5LjE2MTc2OTEzMjE.*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MTY2ODM2MDcyNC4yODkuMS4xNjY4MzYxODk3LjU5LjAuMA..

A quick whizz through the diary revealed several awards but not one to Lessard. But could have missed it. 

page 88 of his docs has a history which says something like Enlisted with 7th ??? .. then the date above of 27/11/14/ Then I think 16 months overseas. Invalided to Canada with GSW to Head. Re-enlisted.... 

Thy get his age wrong regularly often saying 39 when he was 28-29. 

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According to an Ancestry tree this is the man. Married 1911

Wedding photo of Louis Lessard and Louise Clement

2 of their sons took part in the Dieppe Raid in 1942. 

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Oh wow! Thanks!

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Mate,

I have run into this with a number of Aussie documents, where the soldier claims an award, because he was told had been awarded, this gets mentioned in his service files, but still no confirmation through offical channels.

In the end he may have been informed and mention is some documents, but was never officaly awarded, this may be for any number of reasons, most often we colonials were only allowed so many awards from our British masters, and had to limit how they were awarded

While I did not find this so much in the Great war, all other wars we had that problem.

Like why no VC was awarded to the ALH in Egypt - Palestine, when any number were awarded to the British and later Indian Infantry and cavalry?

But that's only one possible idea why he has no award?

S.B

 

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