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George Alphonse Doucette Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 165th Battalion Regimental Number: 733622 Rank: Private Date of Birth: July 8, 1892 Place of Birth: Salmon River, Nova Scotia   Date of Enlistment: December 14, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Meteghan, N.S. Address at Enlistment: Meteghan, Digby Co., N.S. Age at Enlistment: 23 Height: 5 feet, 4 inches Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: (Mother) Therese Doucette, Salmon River, Digby Co., N.S.   George was the son of Patrick and Therese Doucette, of Norwood, Yarmouth Co., N.S. He enlisted with the 165 Battalion and was stationed in St John New Brunswick.  He died in military hospital there on Friday evening, January 19, 1917 after a week’s illness with pneumonia.  He had visited home three weeks earlier on leave. A funeral was held in the Cathedral (St. John), N.B.) January 21 with the entire Battalion present. Rev, John Gaudet of the 165th French Acadian Battalion and Rev William Duke officiated. At the conclusion of the service the Battalion was reformed on Waterloo Street and escorted the remains to the landing place of the Steamship Empress at Reid’s Point. There a firing party fired the last volley and the body was placed aboard the SS Empress to be conveyed to George Doucette’s home for burial.  His brother accompanied by eleven Privates from the Battalion accompanied the body to the home of George’s parents in Norwood.  A second funeral took place at Salmon River with burial in St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery, Salmon River, Nova Scotia.   Date of Death: January 19, 1917 Age at Death: 24 Cemetery: St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery, Salmon River, Nova Scotia Commemorated on Page 229 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 23 Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument as “Doucette, G. Alphonso” Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada   Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 140-141)
   George Alphonse Doucette 
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