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  • Frederick Alfred Mongrain was born on 3 October 1895 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Captain Alfred Mongrain was from Trois Rivieres, Quebec and had come to the area around 1877. His mother Marie Perrault was born in St Anne, Manitoba and had moved to Rat Portage in the mid 1880’s. Captain Mongrain was considered a pioneer lake captain on Lake of the Woods with a record of over sixty years of lake transportation service. He was known throughout the district for his vast knowledge of navigation on Lake of the Woods and throughout the years navigated for lumber and transportation companies as well as passenger craft. Found in the 1901 census for Rat Portage, family members included Fred and Marie, and children Virginia, age 11, Roseanna, age 9, Eugene, age 7, Frederick, and Ida, age 2.

    With occupation given as trainman Fred Mongrain signed his attestation papers in Kenora on 25 December 1914. With brown eyes and black hair he was only 19 years old. Along with a number of other Kenora/Keewatin fellows, Fred left for Port Arthur the following June to begin training with the 52nd Battalion. A short time later he was on his way overseas as Private with the 2nd Reinforcing Draft of the 52nd, embarking from Montreal on 4 September 1915 aboard the SS Missanabie.

    Once overseas Fred was transferred to the 27th Battalion, taken on strength in the field on 20 January 1916. That fall he spent close to a month at the 1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station with the measles, rejoining the unit in October. The next April Fred was promoted to Corporal and following receiving the award of Military Medal for his actions in the field on 21 August 1917, while wounded, he was promoted to Sergeant.

    In November of 1917 Fred sustained shrapnel wounds to the face, ending up in the No 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples and then the No 5 Convalescent Depot in Cayeux. Rejoining the 27th Battalion in June of 1918 just days later he was once again wounded, sustaining a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

    Evacuated to England, Fred’s participation on the battlefield was ended. On 21 January 1919, Sergeant Fred Mongrain embarked from England on the SS Grampian.

    Once back in Kenora Fred continued to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, eventually retiring in 1961. On 11 August 1919 he married Eileen Jessie Longley in Kenora. Eileen was born in Rat Portage, the daughter of Harry and Jessie (née Atterbury) Longley although in 1916 she had been living in Pipestone, Manitoba where she was working as a housekeeper. The couple had at least one son, Ivan. For the 1921 census Fred and Eileen were living with Fred’s parents in Kenora. At the time of his father’s death in 1946 Fred was living in Fort William.

    Predeceased by his mother Marie in 1929 and his father Alfred in 1946 in Kenora, Frederick Alfred Mongrain died in Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 14 June 1966. He is interred in the Military Field of Honour in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg. Eileen (Longley) Mongrain died in Vancouver in 1977, informant on her death record listed as her son Ivan Mongrain of Thunder Bay.

    by Judy Stockham

    newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News and Winnipeg Free Press
    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card: Library and Archives Canada

    KMN 19 December 1914

    KMN 19 December 1914

    KMN 30 December 1914

    KMN 30 December 1914

    KMN 20 January 1915

    KMN 20 January 1915

    KMN 16 June 1915

    KMN 16 June 1915

    KMN 22 September 1915

    KMN 22 September 1915

    KMN 11 December 1915

    KMN 11 December 1915

    KMN 22 September 1917

    KMN 22 September 1917

    KMN 3 October 1917

    KMN 3 October 1917

    KMN 14 June 1919

    KMN 14 June 1919

    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card

    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card

    Canadian Legion application card

    Canadian Legion application card

    WFP 15 June 1966

    WFP 15 June 1966

  • Regimental Number:
  • 439052
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 27th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Fred Mongrain, 4th Avenue South, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 3, 1895
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Trainman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • December 25, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 19
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • June 14, 1966
  • Age at Death:
  • 70
  • Buried at:
  • Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Plot:
  • MLTY-5577-0
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Frederick Alfred Mongrain was born on 3 October 1895 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Captain Alfred Mongrain was from Trois Rivieres, Quebec and had come to the area around 1877. His mother Marie Perrault was born in St Anne, Manitoba and had moved to Rat Portage in the mid 1880’s. Captain Mongrain was considered a pioneer lake captain on Lake of the Woods with a record of over sixty years of lake transportation service. He was known throughout the district for his vast knowledge of navigation on Lake of the Woods and throughout the years navigated for lumber and transportation companies as well as passenger craft. Found in the 1901 census for Rat Portage, family members included Fred and Marie, and children Virginia, age 11, Roseanna, age 9, Eugene, age 7, Frederick, and Ida, age 2.

    With occupation given as trainman Fred Mongrain signed his attestation papers in Kenora on 25 December 1914. With brown eyes and black hair he was only 19 years old. Along with a number of other Kenora/Keewatin fellows, Fred left for Port Arthur the following June to begin training with the 52nd Battalion. A short time later he was on his way overseas as Private with the 2nd Reinforcing Draft of the 52nd, embarking from Montreal on 4 September 1915 aboard the SS Missanabie.

    Once overseas Fred was transferred to the 27th Battalion, taken on strength in the field on 20 January 1916. That fall he spent close to a month at the 1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station with the measles, rejoining the unit in October. The next April Fred was promoted to Corporal and following receiving the award of Military Medal for his actions in the field on 21 August 1917, while wounded, he was promoted to Sergeant.

    In November of 1917 Fred sustained shrapnel wounds to the face, ending up in the No 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples and then the No 5 Convalescent Depot in Cayeux. Rejoining the 27th Battalion in June of 1918 just days later he was once again wounded, sustaining a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

    Evacuated to England, Fred’s participation on the battlefield was ended. On 21 January 1919, Sergeant Fred Mongrain embarked from England on the SS Grampian.

    Once back in Kenora Fred continued to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, eventually retiring in 1961. On 11 August 1919 he married Eileen Jessie Longley in Kenora. Eileen was born in Rat Portage, the daughter of Harry and Jessie (née Atterbury) Longley although in 1916 she had been living in Pipestone, Manitoba where she was working as a housekeeper. The couple had at least one son, Ivan. For the 1921 census Fred and Eileen were living with Fred’s parents in Kenora. At the time of his father’s death in 1946 Fred was living in Fort William.

    Predeceased by his mother Marie in 1929 and his father Alfred in 1946 in Kenora, Frederick Alfred Mongrain died in Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 14 June 1966. He is interred in the Military Field of Honour in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg. Eileen (Longley) Mongrain died in Vancouver in 1977, informant on her death record listed as her son Ivan Mongrain of Thunder Bay.

    by Judy Stockham

    newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News and Winnipeg Free Press
    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card: Library and Archives Canada

    KMN 19 December 1914

    KMN 19 December 1914

    KMN 30 December 1914

    KMN 30 December 1914

    KMN 20 January 1915

    KMN 20 January 1915

    KMN 16 June 1915

    KMN 16 June 1915

    KMN 22 September 1915

    KMN 22 September 1915

    KMN 11 December 1915

    KMN 11 December 1915

    KMN 22 September 1917

    KMN 22 September 1917

    KMN 3 October 1917

    KMN 3 October 1917

    KMN 14 June 1919

    KMN 14 June 1919

    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card

    Canada Military Honours and Awards Citation card

    Canadian Legion application card

    Canadian Legion application card

    WFP 15 June 1966

    WFP 15 June 1966

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  • Mongrain, Frederick Alfred Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 439052
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 27th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Fred Mongrain, 4th Avenue South, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 3, 1895
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Trainman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • December 25, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 19
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • June 14, 1966
  • Age at Death:
  • 70
  • Buried at:
  • Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Plot:
  • MLTY-5577-0
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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