Lieutenant Alexis Hannum Helmer

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Field Artillery
Battalion:
1st Artillery Brigade
Company:
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Enlistment Date:
August 27, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
22
Enlisted at:
Valcartier, Quebec
Address at Enlistment:
Civilian Occupation:
Engineer
Saw Service in:
Europe
Date of Death:
May 2, 1915
Age at Death:
22
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
2nd Ypres
Burial:
Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Belgium
Plot:
Panel 10
Commemorated:
 
Date of Birth:
June 29, 1892
Next of Kin:
Lieut. Col. R. A. Helmer, 122 Gilmour St., Ottawa
Place of Birth:
Hull, Quebec
Country of Birth:
Canada
Prisoner of War:
No
Interned:
Married:
Single
Religion:
Methodist
Height:
5 Feet 7 Inches
Chest:
37.5 Inches
Expansion:
3.5 Inches
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
   
NAC Reference: ^ra4240 - 3
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant
Canadian Field Artillery
1st Artillery Brigade
Awards and Decorations
Notes
Son of Elizabeth I. Helmer, of 122, Gilmour St., Ottawa, and the late Brig. Gen. R. A. Helmer. The following circumstances of his death have been compiled from letters received by Lieut Owen Carsley Frederic Hague's father, Frederic Hague from officers in the area at the time. Early on Sunday morning, May 2, 1915 Lieutenants' Hague and Helmer left their position to check on a Canadian Battery who had positioned themselves on the bank of the Yser Canal near St. Julien close to the France-Belgium border. They had only gone a few yards when a six inch, high explosive canon shell burst. Lieut. Helmer was killed instantly.

Lieut. Helmer was a close friend of Capt. John McCrae and was the inspiration for "In Flanders Fields".
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