John Edward Boudreau3185515Private1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia RegimentSiberian Expeditionary Force (Base Guard 260th Battalion)August 20, 1895Melbourne, Yarmouth Co., NS (on attestation Paper) Actual Place of Birth: (Wakefield, Mass. US)June 7, 1918Aldershot NSMelbourne, Yarmouth Co., NS235 feet, 8 inchesDarkDark BrownBrownFishermanSingleRoman CatholicHenry Boudreau (Father) Melbourne, Yarmouth Co., NSJune 14, 1919 (Halifax) August 9, 1986John Edward Boudreau was one of nine children, the son of Henry John Boudreau (1870-1955) and Anne Patronne Mius (1871-1957) of Melburne, Yarmouth Co., NS. He was the brother of Joseph David Boudreau (b. 1892), Mary Adeline “Addie” Boudreau (1893-1981), George Arthur Boudreau (1899-1989), Ernest Henry Boudreau (1901-1985), Catherine Alma Boudreau (1904-1982), Laura Mathilde Boudreau (b. 1907), Marguerite Olive Boudreau (b. 1913) and Nelson J. Boudreau (b. 1915-2007).Nelson J. Boudreau served with the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. Mary Adeline “Addie” Boudreau (1893-1981) was the wife of Rene Paul Gaudet who served during World War I.Known as Edward, he was born in Wakefield, Mass. US. His father was working as a carpenter and his parents were residing in Reading, Mass at the time. The family came to Canada in 1901 and lived in Melbourne, the birthplace of his mother. Edward was living in Melbourne when he enlisted.Edward enlisted at Aldershot Camp, NS on June 7, 1918 with the 1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia Regiment and was assigned to the Siberian Expeditionary Force. He served as a cook and Base Guard with the 260th Battalion (Siberia).He embarked for overseas with the Siberian Expeditionary Force on the Empress of Japan at Vancouver on October 11, 1918 and disembarked at Vladivostok on October 11, 1918. He returned to Canada embarking Vladivostok, Russia on May 9, 1919. He was discharged on demobilization at Halifax on June 12, 1919.Following his arrival in Siberia, Edward wrote the following letter to his mother.Sometime after 1921, Edward returned to the United States and was living in West Brighton, Richmond Co., (Staten Island) New York in April of 1942 when he completed a US WWII Draft Registration Card. At that time he was employed with the Bethlehem Steel Corp. at Mariners Harbour, West Brighton, New York.
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John Edward Boudreau3185515Canadian Siberian Expeditionary ForceSiberiaOctober 31, 1918Dear MotherJust a few lines to let you known that we arrived at port safe and we are now in Siberia. And we are having a good time. I am cooking with three others, Frank Pothier is one of them. We have not a very fancy cook house but still we get enough to eat and not very hard work so you need not worry about me. Queer looking people and teams. I wish that father could see some of the rigs they have for teams. They are the same as you see in pictures in books.We arrived at port the twenty-six. Well, I will have to close for we cannot write very much. I will send you my address …. Give my regards to all the folks down home.