Branch: French Army
Jean was born in Molles, Allier, France on March 6, 1890. He came to Quebec in 1907 and worked in various places across Canada until September of 1910, when he received a letter from the French consulate in Vancouver stating that he was required to serve in the French military for two years. During World War I, he was once again required to serve in France. Jean fought at Verdun and the Dardanelles, and was wounded at the Marne on December 28, 1914 (?). On February 15, 1919, Jean married a Frenchwoman from Maringue who was willing to come to Canada with him. They came to the Peace country later that year and filed on homesteads at N1/2 26-70-8-W6 and 25-70-8-W6. In 1934/35 the LaPlace family returned to France. They planned to come back to Canada in 1939, but instead waited until 1947 when they settled in Quebec. Jean’s first wife died in 1959, and he remarried in 1964.
Sources: Along the Wapiti, p. 267, 411