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Timothy Israel Gaudet
Timothy Israel Gaudet 1060158 Private 246th Battalion; 85th Battalion October 28, 1897 Melbourne, Yarmouth Co., NS November 3, 1916 Halifax, NS Melbourne, Yarmouth Co., NS 19 5 feet, 6 inches Dark Black Brown Farmer Single Roman Catholic Timothy Gaudet (Father) Melbourne, Yarmouth Co., NS June 8, 1919 (Demobilization at Halifax, NS) May, 1977 One of sixteen children, Timothy Gaudet was the son of Timothy Olivier Gaudet (1856–1923) and Maria Vénérante (Comeau) Gaudet (1862 - 1903). Brothers, Rene Paul Gaudet and Edward Joseph Gaudet (Gaudette) also served in World War I. He enlisted at Halifax on October 28, 1916 with the 256th Battalion and trained in Canada. He went overseas embarking Canada at Halifax on May 5, 1917 on HM Transport 2810 (SS Olympic) and disembarked at Liverpool, England on June 9, 1917. At Bramshott Camp he was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion on June 10, 1917. He proceeded to France for service with the 85th Battalion landing in France on November 11, 1917 and joined the 85th Battalion in the field on November 23, 1917. While serving in the Cayeaux area of France, on August 10, 1918, as the 85th Battalion moved against the enemy front lines, the section in which Private Gaudet was engaged, encountered and attacked a machine gun post. During the encounter he rushed the post and showed courage and coolness in the face of heavy fire, killing one of the gunners and was pursuing the others when he was wounded in the head. He was recommended for the Military Medal by Major J. M. Millar, Commanding the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) in October of 1918. The Medal was awarded to Private Gaudet on January 24, 1919. Having suffered the gun shot wound to the face, he was admitted to #5 General Hospital at Rouen on August 12, 1918, transferred to #72 General Hospital at Trouville on August 13, 1918 and on August 20 to #15 Convalescent Hospital at Trouville. He was discharged on September 7, 1918 and rejoined the Battalion in the field on September 19, 1918. He was granted fourteen days leave to England on November 11, 1918 and returned to France on November 30, 1918. He returned to England on April 29, 1919 and returned to Canada. He was demobilized on June 8, 1919 at Halifax.
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