CEF Soldier Detail

Private Edward Fairburn
Died: March 2, 1918

Regimental Number:
227098
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
18th Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
St. Catharines, ON
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Mrs. Jane Fiarburn 11 Maple Street St. Catherines, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1895
Trade or Calling:
Machinist
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
St. Catharines, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
November 22, 1915
Age at enlistment:
20
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
36 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Religion:
Wesleyan
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Executed
Battle Died/Wounded:
"Shot by order of Field General Court Martial"
Date of Death:
March 2, 1918
Age at Death:
22
Buried at:
Villers Station Cemetery, France
Plot:
XI. B. 23.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 1Box 2978-2
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes

A. B. Godefroy  For Freedom And Honour?

2409 - Welland Canal Force number - 7 months service 19th Lincoln Regiment

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry 18th Battalion
Private Canadian Militia Welland Canal Force 19th Lincoln Regiment
Private Canadian Infantry Depot Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles

When on active service, deserting his Majesty's service.  Absented himself on 16 April 1917 - 28 January 1918, while acting as company runner.  Tried 7 February 1918.  Executed 2 March 1918. 

 "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.