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Lieutenant Alexis Hannum Helmer

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of birth: 1892-06-29
Place of birth: Hull, Quebec, Canada
Next of kin: Lieut. Col. R. A. Helmer, 122 Gilmour St., Ottawa
Marital status: single
Occupation (attested): Engineer
Occupation (normalized): Other Engineers
Religion: Methodist
Date of death: 1915-05-02
Cause of death: Killed in action

MILITARY INFORMATION

Regimental number: NA
Rank detail

Lieutenant, 1st Artillery Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery (Army).

Degree of service: Europe
Survived war: no
Battle wounded/killed: 2nd Ypres

RESEARCH INFORMATION

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CWGC ID: 1592956
LAC ID: 461767
Attestation record(s): image 1, image 2
Service file: B4240-S003
Uploader's 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”.
Uploader's Research 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”.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Date added: 2004-09-04
Last modified: 2005-01-03