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  • Born on 16 October 1892 in Rat Portage (later named Kenora), Ontario, Ernest Joseph Perrault was the eldest son of Joseph and Exilda (née Favreau) Perrault who were originally from Quebec, very much a Catholic French Canadian family. He was a direct descendent of Nicholas Perrot, an early explorer and diplomat that came to Canada in the mid 1600’s and eventually married a King Louis 14th fille du roi. His parents married in Medicine Hat but by 1892 when Ernest was born they were living in Rat Portage (Kenora).

    Ernest had 6 siblings: Rose Alba (William) King, Eva Grace (James) Ryan, Laura Marie (Albert) Sawkins, Joseph Albert (Edna Bailey), Oscar Adelard (Pauline Gaudard), and Edna Cora (Albert) Major. At only age 19,  he joined the CPR in 1911 and by the time of the war, was working as a trainman.

    Private Ernest Joseph Perrault signed his recruitment papers on 9 January 1918 in Brandon, Manitoba although he had had his medical examination 18 November 1917 in Dauphin, Manitoba. He embarked from Halifax on 19 February 1918 aboard the SS Megantic, arriving in Liverpool on the 4th of March. After arriving he spent some time at Seaford training. Although he was with the 11th Reserve Battalion while in England his records state that he also served in France with the 16th Battalion. After the war he embarked for Canada aboard the SS Belgic, leaving Liverpool on 16 April 1919 and arriving in Halifax on the 23rd.

    Once home Ernest married Jane Clark Meek, formerly of Kisbey Saskatchewan, on 7 December 1920 in Kenora. The couple went on to have two children, Ernest Gerald and Roy Alexander. A conductor for the CPR, Ernest retired on 1 November 1957 in Kenora.

    Ernest Perrault died on 23 April 1973 and his wife Jane on 22 March 1998. Both are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    by Judy Stockham

    newspaper articles: Kenora Miner and News
    photos: courtesy of the family

    Perrault family, Ernest standing centre back, circa 1915

    Perrault family, Ernest standing centre back, circa 1915

    Ernest and Jane

    Ernest and Jane

    retirement October 1957

    retirement October 1957

    Kenora Miner and News, October 1957

    Kenora Miner and News, October 1957

    KMN 24 April 1970

    KMN 24 April 1970

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

  • Regimental Number:
  • 2129184
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 16th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Joseph Perrault, father
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 16, 1892
  • Trade or Calling:
  • trainman, CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 9, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 25
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • April 23, 1970
  • Age at Death:
  • 77
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 231E-3-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Born on 16 October 1892 in Rat Portage (later named Kenora), Ontario, Ernest Joseph Perrault was the eldest son of Joseph and Exilda (née Favreau) Perrault who were originally from Quebec, very much a Catholic French Canadian family. He was a direct descendent of Nicholas Perrot, an early explorer and diplomat that came to Canada in the mid 1600’s and eventually married a King Louis 14th fille du roi. His parents married in Medicine Hat but by 1892 when Ernest was born they were living in Rat Portage (Kenora).

    Ernest had 6 siblings: Rose Alba (William) King, Eva Grace (James) Ryan, Laura Marie (Albert) Sawkins, Joseph Albert (Edna Bailey), Oscar Adelard (Pauline Gaudard), and Edna Cora (Albert) Major. At only age 19,  he joined the CPR in 1911 and by the time of the war, was working as a trainman.

    Private Ernest Joseph Perrault signed his recruitment papers on 9 January 1918 in Brandon, Manitoba although he had had his medical examination 18 November 1917 in Dauphin, Manitoba. He embarked from Halifax on 19 February 1918 aboard the SS Megantic, arriving in Liverpool on the 4th of March. After arriving he spent some time at Seaford training. Although he was with the 11th Reserve Battalion while in England his records state that he also served in France with the 16th Battalion. After the war he embarked for Canada aboard the SS Belgic, leaving Liverpool on 16 April 1919 and arriving in Halifax on the 23rd.

    Once home Ernest married Jane Clark Meek, formerly of Kisbey Saskatchewan, on 7 December 1920 in Kenora. The couple went on to have two children, Ernest Gerald and Roy Alexander. A conductor for the CPR, Ernest retired on 1 November 1957 in Kenora.

    Ernest Perrault died on 23 April 1973 and his wife Jane on 22 March 1998. Both are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    by Judy Stockham

    newspaper articles: Kenora Miner and News
    photos: courtesy of the family

    Perrault family, Ernest standing centre back, circa 1915

    Perrault family, Ernest standing centre back, circa 1915

    Ernest and Jane

    Ernest and Jane

    retirement October 1957

    retirement October 1957

    Kenora Miner and News, October 1957

    Kenora Miner and News, October 1957

    KMN 24 April 1970

    KMN 24 April 1970

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

  • « Return to all stories
  • Perrault, Ernest Joseph Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 2129184
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 16th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Joseph Perrault, father
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 16, 1892
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • trainman, CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Brandon, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 9, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 25
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • April 23, 1970
  • Age at Death:
  • 77
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 231E-3-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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