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

718566

Stephen McDermott

Fowles

44th Battalion

6/19/1918

Villers Station Cemetery, France

177753

Maurice John

Higgins

1st Battalion

12/7/1916

Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery, France

457241

Henry Hesey

Kerr

7th Battalion

11/21/1916

Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery, France

672604

Joseph

Lalancette

22nd Battalion

7/3/1917

Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France

416874

Come

LaLiberte

3rd Battalion

8/4/1916

Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium

454610

Wilson Norman

Ling

2nd Battalion

8/12/1918

Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, France

2095

Harold Edward James

Lodge

19th Battalion

3/13/1918

Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension., France

443288

Thomas Lionel

Moles

54th Battalion

10/22/1917

Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium

416008

Eugene

Perry

22nd Battalion

4/11/1917

Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

404436

Edward James

Reynolds

3rd Battalion

8/23/1916

Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

 
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