CEF Soldier Detail

Private Gustave Comte
Died: July 3, 1917

Regimental Number:
448160
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
22nd Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
Montreal, Quebec
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Joesph Comte 621 St Catherine Rd Outremont
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
February 24, 1895
Trade or Calling:
grinder
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 13, 1915
Age at enlistment:
20
Height:
5 Feet 3 Inches
Chest:
38 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
July 3, 1917
Age at Death:
22
Buried at:
Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Plot:
I. F. 20.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1903-38
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
A. B. Godefroy  For Freedom And Honour?
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 22nd Battalion

While on active service, deserting His Majesty's service.

Disappeared on the way to trenches on 4 April 1917 and was arrested on 18 May 1917 in Le Havre.

Tried on 7 June 1917.  Executed 3 July 1917.

Son of Joseph Comte of Outremont, Quebec.

 "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.