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Name: Dennis Edward Comeau Rank: Private Service No: F/57711 Service: Essex Scottish Regiment, R.C.I.C. Date of Birth: October 30, 1913 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: November 14, 1943 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address At Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 30 Height: 5 feet, 11 inches Weight: 144 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Trade: Construction/Heavy Equipment Operator Marital Status: Married Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Mary Bernice Comeau Wife) Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: October 25, 1944 Age at Death: 33 Cemetery: Schoonselhof Cemetery (Wilrijk, Antwerpen, Belgium) Grave Reference: III. H. 6. The 24th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial (D. Edward on the Yarmouth War Memorial) Commemorated on page 277 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Dennis Edward was the son of Dennis Patrick and Margaret Comeau, of Yarmouth, NS and husband of Bernice Comeau married on June 27, 1939 at Yarmouth. He was the father of David Edward, Nina Noreen and Harold Bruce of Yarmouth South, Nova Scotia. Known as Edward, he left school at the age of 13 to help support the family. He worked two years in a bakery, three years as a pin-boy in a bowling alley, four years as a mechanic’s helper in a garage, five years as a taxi driver in Yarmouth, and 3½ years as a tractor driver and maintenance man with the Acadia Construction Co. just prior to his enlistment. He held a certificate from LeTourneau Bulldozer Company. Reading modern fiction was an interest. He had six brothers in the services, Sergeant James Charles Comeau and Gunner Adelbert Alfred Comeau, Newfoundland; Paratrooper Gordon Augustus Comeau; Corporal George Henry Comeau; Corporal Alfred Albert Comeau; Sergeant Joseph Frederick Comeau; and one brother Joseph Renee Comeau at home. He had three sisters, Annie Lillian, [Mrs. Deveau] Comeau, Yarmouth; Mary Emma [Mrs. Deveau] Comeau, Hectanooga; and Margaret Elizabeth [Mrs. J. Robicheau] Comeau, St. Martin. Two sisters, Mary Augusta Comeau died August 25, 1942, and Laura Mary Comeau died February 22, 1914. Mary Augusta (Comeau) Dingee had two children, one daughter, Marguerite, and a son, Denis Gerard Dingee who also served with the Canadian Army during WWII. Dennis Edward Comeau’s brother, Gordon Augustus Comeau died June 10, 1944. He was with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, RCIC, and is buried in the Ranville War Cemetery in Calvados, France. His mother Margaret Comeau lived on Pearl St. in Yarmouth and moved to New Minas when widowed. She moved back to Hectanooga and remarried at the age of 84 and is buried in Hectanooga. Private Dennis Edward Comeau served in Canada until July 1944, in the United Kingdom until October 1944. He disembarked in France on October 6, 1944 and was killed in action while serving in Belgium. Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada
Dennis Edward Comeau
MEETS DEATH -Trooper Edward Comeau (above), formerly of Yarmouth, who was one of seven brothers who enlisted in the army, has been killed in action in Belgium. Second of Family Lost. YARMOUTH, Nov. lO - One of seven Yarmouth brothers to enlist, Trooper Edward Comeau, son of Mrs. Dennis Comeau, formerly of Yarmouth, but now residing in New Minas; and the late Mr. Comeau, was killed in action in Belgium October 25; according to word received by his wife, the former Bernice LeBlanc; last night. Trooper Comeau enlisted about one year ago and had been overseas for only about two months. Of genial disposition he had a host of friends in his home town here. For several years he worked as a taxi driver and later with a construction company at the local airport, and in Shelburne and Dartmouth. One brother, Paratrooper Gordon Comeau, was killed a few months ago. Five other brothers are in the army. One other brother and three sisters survive, besides his mother, his Wife and three children. His wife's brother Pte. Paul Leblanc was killed a few months ago.