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Cote Joseph

Library of Canada. 1901 Census for Canada

The 1881 Census for Canada shows that the Cote family were living in Quebec. The head of the house was Basile Cote age 26 born 21st December in Quebec a Mechanic by trade. His wife is shown as Adele age 21 born 1860.

Ten years on the 1891 Census shows Adele Cote as head of the household age 31, widowed. The rest of the family is comprised of Andre age 9 born 10th October 1881, Marie age 9, Joseph age 6 born 4th December 1884 and Basile age 4, born 10th March 1887.

I found a Family Tree on Ancestry.co.uk (Pigeon Tree) which gives the information that Basile Cote ( snr) died on 11th November 1887 age 32.

The 1901 Census Ancestry.co.uk shows Joseph Cote age 16 living at Lle Verte, Temiscouta, Quebec. He is a lodger and the nephew of the Head of house, he is an apprentice by trade. His brother Basile is also at this address.

The 1911 Census shows that Joseph is still living in Quebec as a lodger, the Head of the house is called Alexander Marcon and the address is Lle Verte, Temiscouta, none of his siblings are living with him.

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

Attestation Papers for Private 3311772 Joseph Cote.

Joseph Cote enlisted into the Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) on 13th November 1917 at Hailsbury, Ontario, Canada.

He gave his trade as Farmer, his marital status as single and his next of kin as Andre Cote (brother) address 338, Rue Orleans, Maisonneuve, Montreal.

Joseph embarked from Montreal on 28th July 1918 and arrived in Liverpool, U.K. on 15th August 1918 and was transferred to Bramshott Camp.

On 28th August he reported sick and was diagnosed with severe Neuritis of the arms and hands,which is the inflammation of a peripheral nerve or nerves usually causing pain and loss of function.

He received hospital treatment at 12th Canadian Hospital at Bramshott and was then transferred on 18th September 1918 to the 8th Reserve Battalion and posted to Witley Camp. He appears to have had recurring bouts of Neuritis and received treatment at various hospitals.

Joseph was eventually discharged on 3rd January 1919 and transferred to Kinmel Camp in Rhyl 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.  Joseph contracted Influenza and died at Kinmel Camp at 9.30 am on 22nd February 1919.

He is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.

Joseph is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Andre Cote Joseph’s brother is shown on the 1921 Census for Canada as still living at the same address shown on Joseph’s Attestation Papers, 338, Orleans, Mercier-Maisonneuve, Montreal. He is 38 years of age and is a Merchant by trade. His wife is called Olivine, age 32 and they have four children, Jacques age 6, Denis age 1 Clara age 9 and Aline age 3.


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