Canadian Soldiers Executed During the Great War

A number of Canadian soldiers were executed in the 1915-1918 period. It was typically stated that it was for murder, desertion or cowardice, but in some cases it was probably to serve as an example to others in the regiment, and was more likely to occur if there were discipline problems in the battalion.

More information about these men are can be found on the Canadian Shot At Dawn web page (the 2 executed for murder are not listed) or at Stephen's Study Room.

On December 11, 2001 the Canadian Government entered the names of the 23 Canadian soldiers executed for desertion or cowardice on page 598 of the Canadian Book of Remembrance.

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Regimental Number

First name

Last name

Unit

Date of Death

Buried

107526

John William

Roberts

2nd Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles

7/30/1916

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

830020

Dimitro

Sinizki

52nd Battalion

10/9/1917

Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

A/38119

Charles

Welsh

8th Battalion

3/6/1918

Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, France

10701

James H

Wilson

4th Battalion

7/9/1916

Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium

67882

Elsworth

Young

25th Battalion

10/29/1916

Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, France

 
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