CEF Soldier Detail

Private Arthur Charles Dagesse
Died: March 15, 1918

Regimental Number:
34453
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
22nd Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Country:
U.S.A.
Next of Kin:
Nettie Marion Dagesse (wife) England
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
September 17, 1886
Trade or Calling:
cook
Marital Status:
Married
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 23, 1914
Age at enlistment:
28
Height:
5 Feet 4 Inches
Chest:
34 1/2 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
March 15, 1918
Age at Death:
31
Buried at:
Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France
Plot:
VIII B. 8.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2409-13
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

When on active service, deserting his Majesty's service.  Absented himself as unit was going into line prior to Battle of Vimy Ridge.  Absent 4 April 1917 and arrested in Paris 29 April 1917.  Escaped 8 May 1917, while awaiting trial and arrested in Paris 4 October 1917 dressed as a sergeant of the Royal Army Medical Corps.  Thirteen prior convictions for absence.

Son of Mrs. A. Dagesse of Montreal.

 "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.