Bonin, Eduard

Regimental Number: 436530
Rank: Private
Branch: 51st Battalion; 1st Canadian Labour Battalion

Eduard was born in Montreal, Quebec on November 25, 1866, though he lied about his age on his Attestation Paper, stating that he had been born in 1872. Eduard took a homestead in Leduc in 1893. In 1915 he enlisted in the army. Eduard received gunshot wounds to his right arm at Ypres, most likely in the Battle of Mont Sorrel, on June 13, 1916. He was discharged on July 20, 1918, having been wounded once again. Eduard was married to Lizzie, but by the time of the war, they were separated. The couple had eight children, five boys and three girls between the ages of 13 and 27. After the war, he settled in Teepee Creek (SW 2-74-3-6) where he lived until the end of his life. Eduard died in an Edmonton hospital on June 15, 1940 and was buried in the Soldier’s Plot in an Edmonton cemetery.

Sources: Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 1147 & 876