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Church Amos Charles Lefebvre

Library of Canada. 1901 Census for Canada.

The 1901 Census shows us that the Church family were living in Megantic County, Quebec. Head of the household is given as Charles Church age 49, born 9th January 1857 in Quebec of English origin, he gives his trade as Merchant.

The rest of the household consists of Mary, wife, age 41, born 17th January 1860 in Quebec of Scottish origin, son Amos age 7 born 22nd March 1894 in Quebec and Mother Louisa Church age 79 born 9th November 1824 in England. There is also an Aunt, S. Glover age 73 born 20th January 1828 in England.

The property may be a shop as their are two employees who are Clerks by trade, their names are given as John Prouler and N.M. Gingers.

The 1911 Census show that the family are still in Megantic County Quebec. The family consists of Charles Church, Head age 54 and Amos Church age 19, this information is incorrect as his year of birth is given as 1892 when in fact it was 1894 making Amos 17 years of age and not 19. Wife Mary is absent as she died on 11th February 1908. (See Public Family Tree, Megantic County Pioneers, on Ancestry.co.uk)

Library and Archives of Canada  Service Files of 1st WW 1914-1918.

Attestation Papers for Sergeant 516027 Amos Charles Lefebrve Church.

Amos Charles Lefebrve Church enlisted into the Mobile Veterinary Section, 4th Canadian Division on 25th April 1916 in Montreal.

He gave his trade as Merchant and next of kin as his Father Charles E. Church of Leeds, Megantic County, Quebec.

After training in Canada Amos embarked for  England and arrived on 27th June 1916.

He was transferred from the Mobile Veterinary Section to 97th Canadian Siege Battery on 15th August 1916 and posted to France. The 97th Canadian Siege Battery was renamed the 1st Canadian Siege Battery in January 1917

During 1917 Amos contracted Influenza on 10th March and was wounded on 8th April, transferred to hospital and rejoined his unit on 14th April. He then  reported sick on 10 th August with Mumps with  debility afterwards until 29th September when he returned to his unit.

Amos was transferred to Number 3 Rest Camp at Bologne on 5th October 1917 then posted to the Canadian Labour Pool in the Field on 6th January 1918.

He remained in France until 30th January 1919 when he returned to England and was posted to Bordon Camp then on to Kinmel Camp for repatriation to Canada.

Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection. Sadly Amos contracted Bronchial Pneumonia,and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died at 5.40pm on 14th February 1919.

According to The Public Family Tree, Megantic County Pioneers on Ancestry.co.uk there are three gravestones for Amos, in Quebec, Alberta and Wales.

Amos is buried in St. Margaert’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.

He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.


Learn more about the other soldiers on the Bodelwyddan Memorial

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