Missing information sought for Vaudreuil-Soulanges War Memorial (Cenotaph)


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Information is being sought for 16 people who were killed in combat in World War I and World War II so that their names can be added to the Cenotaph in Hudson.

In front of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #115 in Hudson there is a war memorial, or cenotaph as it is more commonly known, the only cenotaph in the Municipalité régionale de comté Vaudreuil-Soulanges (MRC-VS). It is maintained by the Legion in Hudson and is located on Beach Road next to the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre.

Currently there are 48 names on two plaques of those who died in World Wars I and II. They had all been residents of Hudson at one point in their short lives prior to making the supreme sacrifice. It was prior to a rededication ceremony last year that Branch 1st Vice President Michael Elliott discovered the Hudson cenotaph was the only one in all of Vaudreuil-Soulanges and the local Legion branch is also the only Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Vaudreuil-Soulanges as well.

Three new memorial plaques were added in 2017, one for the Boer War and Korean Wars, one for the War in Afghanistan and a third for, collectively, the Cold War, the Merchant Marine, the Gulf War, Bosnia and United Nations Peacekeeping Forces. As far as it can be determined no members of the Canadian Armed Forces and residents of the communities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges were ever killed in any of those conflicts. If there are fatal casualties from these conflicts from Vaudreuil-Soulanges, 2nd Vice President Rod Hodgson wishes to know so their names can be added and never be forgotten.

However Hodgson has recently discovered 16 more men from the region who were killed in the two World Wars, four in World War I and 12 in World War II. The members and Executive of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #115 in Hudson are now determined to add these 16 names to the Hudson cenotaph in time for the 100th Anniversary of end of World War I on November 11, 2018.

Ten municipalities in Vaudreuil-Soulanges will be represented along with the names of those being commemorated. Each name of those killed will have their home municipality listed beside it. It is the goal of both Michael Elliott and Rod Hodgson to try and locate the descendants of those killed and have them present when the two new plaques are unveiled during the annual Remembrance Day Memorial Service at the Hudson Cenotaph.

Anyone with information can reach Rod Hodgson at (450) 458-6603 or rhodgson@videotron.ca or by leaving a message at the Legion in Hudson, (450) 458-4882.

The names are as follows:

Killed in World I were: Edouard Bergeron (Pointe-Fortune), Joseph E.V. Dupont (Saint-Télesphore), Emmanuel Sauvé and Armand Valois (Vaudreuil).

Killed in World War II were: Gaetan Besner and Roland Charlebois (Coteau-du-Lac), Joseph René Roland Boyer (Île-Perrot), Gerard Bruyère (Saint-Lazare), Joseph Adélard Réal Chevalier, Joseph Olivain Gerald Dicaire and Joseph Roger La Ramee (Vaudreuil), Joseph Edward Lawrence Dubois and Napoleon Theoret (Dorion), Réal Lambert (Très-Saint-Rédempteur), Joseph Georges Jean Legault (Les Cèdres) and Joseph Adélard Maurice Mallette (Rigaud).

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