CEF Soldier Detail

Private Fortunat Auger
Died: March 26, 1916

Regimental Number:
23621
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
14th Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
Montreal, Quebec
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Joseph, 2500 Boulevard Rosemont
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
December 23, 1890
Trade or Calling:
architect carpenter
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 23, 1914
Age at enlistment:
23
Height:
5 Feet 4 Inches
Chest:
36 1/2 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
March 26, 1916
Age at Death:
25
Buried at:
Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France
Plot:
III. H. 5.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 304-26
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
A. B. Godefroy For Freedom And Honour?
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 14th Battalion

Son of Joseph Auger of Montreal, Quebec.

While on active service deserting his Majesty's service on:

26 May 1915 - absent from trench - 2 days

10 November 1915 - absent from trench - 4 days

8 January 1916 - left trenches without orders - 3 days

15 January 1916 - disappeared on his way up to the front line - 9 days

Tried on 15 March 1916.  Executed for Desertion

 

 "Those who go to war at the request of their nation do not know the fate that lies in store for them. This was a war of such overwhelming sound, fury and unrelenting horror that few combatants could remain unaffected," said Minister Duhamel. "While we cannot relive those awful years of a nation at peril in total war, and although the culture of that time is subsequently too distant for us to comprehend fully, we can give these 23 soldiers a dignity that is their due, and provide closure to their families."   (The Honourable Ron J. Duhamel, Minister of Veterans Affairs  11 December 2001) 

The Government of Canada has offered an apology and formally announced its regret for this situation. On December 11, 2001, Veteran Affairs Minister, Dr. Ron Duhamel rose in the House of Commons and with sincerity and passion, read the names of those 23 Canadians into the Parliamentary record and announced their names will be written into Parliament Hill's Book of Remembrance. He was whole-heartedly supported by all of Canada's opposition Parties.