Desilets, Emile

Regimental Number: 628057
Rank: Corporal
Branch: 47th Battalion; 16th Battalion

Emile was born in Ste. Camille, Wolfe County, Quebec on February 3, 1888. He enlisted in Vernon, BC on June 18, 1915, and had previously served with the 11th Regiment, Irish Fusiliers of Canada. While serving overseas, Emile sustained a shrapnel wound to his left arm in June of 1916, and a gunshot wound to his right thigh and buttocks. On September 2, 1918, Emile was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on the 2nd September, 1918, in the second battle of Arras. During the fighting he with his section engaged large numbers of the enemy on three occasions as they emerged from dug-outs, bombing the occupants and taking the survivors prisoners. He was slightly wounded when steadying his men under enfilade fire.” Emile filed on a homestead at 35-76-21-W5. He died in Vancouver on December 12, 1955.

Sources: Guy p. 287