Alfred Proulx was born on 7th October 1895 in Bookstand Pound Co. Drummond, Quebec, Canada.
The 1901 census for Canada on Ancestry.co.uk shows that the Proulx family were living in the sub district of Saint- Hyacinthe in the Province of Quebec.
Head of the household, Misael Proulx age 40 born in Quebec was a Road Worker by trade, his first language was French and Relion, Roman Catholic. His wife Alexina Perron age 36 was also a native of Quebec and together with her husband they had seven children living at home. They were, Joseph age 18, Adelhard age 16, Louis age 14, Henri age 12, Rosanna age 8, Prudent age 7 and Alfred age 5.
Ten years on the 1911 census reveals that the Proulx family were living at 119 Desire in the District of Maisonneuve, Quebec, Canada. Head of the household Misael still had the same trade but some of the children had left home and there were two additions to the family. The family now comprised of Misael age 50, Alexina age 47, Henri age 22 a Spinner by trade, Rosanna age 18, Prudent age 17 a Waiter by trade, Alfred age 16, Alice born in 1907, age 7 and Gaston born in 1904 age 4. There was also a lodger by the name of Herve Lapolme age 21 a Journalist by trade.
Attestation papers for Private 3162556, Alfred Proulx, from the Library of Canada.
Alfred Proulx was drafted into the 2nd Depot battalion of the 2nd Quebec Regiment on 30th May 1918, he enlisted in Montreal and his medical form describes him as 5ft 7ins. tall with a fair complexion, grey eyes and fair hair. Alfred lived with his parents at 160 Versailles, Montreal and was an Office Clerk by trade. His next of kin was given as M Proulx (Mother) and religion, Roman Catholic.
After basic training in Canada, Alfred embarked for England aboard the S.S. Durham Castle arriving on 25th September 1918. He was posted to Bramshott Army Camp to complete his training and transferred to 10th Reserve Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.
As hostilities were coming to an end, Alfred was transferred to Kinmel Park Army Camp in Rhyl on 1st October 1918.
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 Alfred contracted Bronchial Pneumonia, and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died on 30th October 1918.
Alfred Proulx is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.