July 21, 1896 - November 6, 1918
Theodore James would remain with the Signals and serve in Canada and
in England. Norman Joseph would also cross the Atlantic, but he would
also cross the English Channel and fight in France with the Eastern Ontario
Regiment of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). In
fact, Norman Joseph would be wounded a first time in August of 1918 and
return to his unit less than a month later to be wounded a second time
within days of his return during the Battle of the Canal du Nord and Cambrai.
This time, the wounds were much more serious and he would eventually die
from them after nearly 6 weeks. Norman Joseph would die on November
6, 1918, barely 5 days before the end of the Great War. Did he know
the end of the war was imminent? Did he realize his own end was near?
His records, kept at the National Archives of Canada tell us how his medals
and a Memorial Cross were sent to his mother in Windsor. Did she
receive word of her son's death before of after she knew of the end of
the war? How did their neighbourhood deal with such a great, joyous
event as the end of that war when at virtually the same time they had just
learned of the disappearance of one of the street's vigorous young people?
information about Norman Joseph Pilon
Important events of Norman Joseph Pilon's military carreer, as recorded in his personnel file
The account of the action in which Norman Joseph was fatally wounded on September 28, 1918
Norman Joseph Pilon's ancestral line and his family (sisters & brothers)