Canadian Soldiers Executed During the Great War

A number of Canadian soldiers were executed in the 1915-1918 period. It was typically stated that it was for murder, desertion or cowardice, but in some cases it was probably to serve as an example to others in the regiment, and was more likely to occur if there were discipline problems in the battalion.

More information about these men are can be found on the Canadian Shot At Dawn web page (the 2 executed for murder are not listed) or at Stephen's Study Room.

On December 11, 2001 the Canadian Government entered the names of the 23 Canadian soldiers executed for desertion or cowardice on page 598 of the Canadian Book of Remembrance.

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Regimental Number

First name

Last name

Unit

Date of Death

Buried

20726

William

Alexander

10th Battalion

10/18/1917

Barlin Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

40124

Frederick Stanley

Arnold

1st Brigade

7/25/1916

Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

23621

Fortunat

Auger

14th Battalion

3/26/1916

Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France

541

Alexander

Butler

Royal Canadian Dragoons

7/2/1916

Ribemont Communal Cemetery Extension, France

454482

Harold George

Carter

73rd Battalion

4/20/1917

Villers Station Cemetery, France

448160

Gustave

Comte

22nd Battalion

7/3/1917

Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France

34453

Arthur Charles

Dagesse

22nd Battalion

3/15/1918

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, France

2063

Benjamin

Defehr

1st Reserve Park

8/25/1916

Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, France

62218

Leopold

Delisle

22nd Battalion

5/21/1918

Bellacourt Military Cemetery, France

227098

Edward

Fairburn

18th Battalion

3/2/1918

Villers Station Cemetery, France

 
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