Lieutenant Louis Rodolphe Lemieux

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Lieutenant Louis Rodolphe Lemieux

Description

Lieutenant Louis Rodolphe Lemieux 22nd Battalion died August 29, 1918

Lieutenant Rodolphe Lemieux (Roddy) was born in Montreal on the 27th of April, 1989, came to Loyola in 1906, where he remained for three years. He was a successful pupil, passing many of his exams with honours. After matriculating from Bishop’s College, Lennoxville, he obtained a Lieutenancy in the Governor General’s Footguards. Though only 18 years of age he was anxious to fight for his country voluntarily and went to Quebec, where he joined the Officers’ Training Corps under Col. Fages. Later he joined the 25th Regiment, but after repeated requests from the 22nd he was finally transferred to this famous French Canadian Regiment.
He was offered the post of Inspector at Camp Whitley, in England, but to quote his own words: “I wish to be on the firing line in France.” Roddy was not only a hero but a fervent Catholic and a daily communicant. His last words to the Chaplain of the 22nd, Capt. the Rev. J.J. Desjardins are worthy of a Crusader of old. “You will return this crucifix to my fond parents. Tell them I did my duty.” (Loyola College Review 1919 28)

Lieutenant Louis Rodolphe Lemieux MC, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur was the only son of the Honourable Rodolphe Lemieux, Postmaster General of Canada. On 27 August 1918, Lemieux, who was only 20, led his platoon in a company attack against an enemy position at Arrass. His battalion, the 22nd, renewed the attack next day and this time Lemieux was given command of “B” Company, since all of its officers had been lost. According to the Brigade Commander he went forward “with skill and great dash.” A third charge was undertaken all the while under very heavy opposition. The machine gun fire was particularly intense. Lemieux was hit in the stomach and died of wounds at No. 33 Casualty Clearing Station the next day. He was considered one of the finest young officers in the 22nd Battalion. A special tribute was paid to Lemieux by Arthur Currie, then commanding the Canadian Corps. His Military Cross was gazetted on 12 December 1919. Lemieux is buried in Plot III, Row B, Grave 20, at Ligny-St. Flochel, France. (Drolet 19)

Source

Drolet, Dr. “Gil”. Loyola, The Wars: In Remembrance of “Men for Others”. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Wilfred Laurier University, 1996.
Loyola College Review

Date

1914 - 1918

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Citation

“Lieutenant Louis Rodolphe Lemieux,” Loyola Archives, accessed June 23, 2018, http://lhsarchives.omeka.net/items/show/320.

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