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  Gunner Ernest Joseph Amirault Ernest Joseph Amirault was born September 15, 1893, the son of Dr. Theodore David and Margaret Amirault (nee LeBlanc), of Middle East Pubnico, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia.  Ernest had four brothers and one sister, Edith.  He was employed at the Mersey Hotel in Liverpool, N.S. and moved to St John, New Brunswick were he was employed for two years at the Park Hotel as a night porter and then as day porter. He was 23 years old, single, 5 feet 8 inches in height, with brown eyes and black hair  when he was drafted under the Military Service Act of 1917.  His medical was completed at St. John on  enlisted on November 5, 1917 and enlisted with the 65th Battalion  (Regimental Number 336167) at Woodstock, N.B.  on November 26th, 1917. Ernest went overseas with the 65th Battalion and after six weeks in England was transferred to the Canadian Field Artillery, 1st Trench Mortar Battery and departed for France. On October 8, 1918, he was standing in a gun-pit firing his gun when an enemy shell exploded before he could take cover. A piece of shell struck him and he was instantly killed.  He was buried behind the lines and special cross was placed over his grave. Gunner Ernest Joseph Amirault is buried in the Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, France (Plot: II. H. 14.)   Commemorated on Page 359 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 6
  Gunner Ernest Joseph Amirault
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