1003419 Pte. Joseph Albert Ricard

Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery


Pas de Calais


Born in Moose Factory, Ontario, in February 1898, Joseph signed on in June 1916.

A resident of Missanabie, Ontario, and a trapper by trade, Joseph originally attested into the 227th (Men of the North) Battalion on June 12th, 1916, in Chapleau, Ontario.

44 men of the 227th Battalion were transferred to the 4th CMR between September 1917 and September 1918. Joseph joined the 4th CMR in the field on November 2nd, 1917.

At the time of Joseph's loss, on August 29th, 1918, the 4th CMR had, on the 24th, just returned to the front line, at Feuchy, 5km to the west of Arras, when in the early morning 'D' company was subject to gas and shrapnel rounds that were to cause 121 casualties. Joseph was severely gassed, and although treated at a dressing station, he died 5 days later whilst being moved to No.33 Casualty Clearing Station.

Pte. Joseph Ricard is one of 20 men of the 4th CMR known to lie at rest in Ligny-St.Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, France.

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Thanks go to Yvo Henniker-Heaton for the headstone image. The biography excerpt is courtesy of 4cmr.com