The Nile Expedition, 1884-1885

PILON, Léon, born in 1855 was one of 392 boatmen or voyageurs recruited to help the British army ascend the mighty Nile River to relieve the siege of Khartoum. Of those nearly 400 Canadians participating in Canada's first overseas military expedition, Léon was one of only 89 who actually worked on the boats on the Nile and one of 16 Canadians to die while overseas (click here to learn more about Léon Pilon and the Nile Expedition).

World War I

PILON, Edward; Manitoba Regiment, 8th Batallion, died July 5, 1916, commemorated at the Menin Gates, Ypres, Belgium.  His exact resting spot is unknown (to learn more about Edward, follow this link). 

PILON, Normand Joseph; Eastern Ontario Regiment, Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), died at the age of 22 years on November 6, 1918.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Pillon of Sandwich (today Windsor), Ontario.  Buried in the military cemetery at Étaple, France (to learn more about Norman Joseph, follow this link). 

World War II

PILON, François Rolland Joseph, Flight Sergeant Navigator (bomber); Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), died April 17, 1943, buried in the communal cemetery of Liesse, France (to learn more about François Rolland, follow this link). 

PILON, Joseph Germain; Stoker, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR), died at the age of 24 years on August 21, 1944.  The son of Félix and Sophie Pilon of L'Orignal, Ontario (to learn more about Joseph Germain, follow this link). His name is inscribed on the memorial to lost sailors in  Halifax, Nova Scotia. 

PILON, Philippe P.; Bombadier, Royal Canadian Artillery, died at the age of 32 years on August 8, 1944.  The son of Joseph Paul and Amanda Pilon of Montréal and the brother of Gérard Russell Eddy Pilon (to learn more about Philippe, follow this link).  Buried in the  Bretteville-Sur-Laize, France Canadian military cemetery. 

PILON, Bernard Gaston; Sergeant, Fusiliers du Mont-Royal, died at the age of 19 years on March 30, 1945.  The son of Émile and Émilie Pilon of Rockland, Ontario (to learn more about Bernard Gaston, follow this link).   Buried in the  Groesbeek, Netherlands Canadian military cemetery. 

PILON, Gérard Russell Eddy; Sergeant, Régiment de Maisonneuve, died at the age of 22 years on April 5, 1945.  The son of  Joseph Paul and Amanda Pilon of Montréal, and the brother of Philippe P. PILON (to learn more about Gerard Russell Eddy, follow this link).  Buried in the Canadian military cemetery at Holten, Netherlands.

PILON, Émile Clarence; Private, Canadian Forestry Corps, died at the age of 37 years on April 16, 1945.  The son of Joseph and Alice Pilon and the husband of Iris Annie Pilon of Bitterne, Hampshire, England.  Buried in the cemetery at Schoonselhof, Belgium (to learn more about Émile Clarence Pilon, follow this link). 

We wish to acknowledge the kindness of our Pilon International partner Jan Pilon of the Netherlands who, during the summer of 2002, visited each and every grave site of Canadian Pilons who fought, died and are buried in Europe.  He travelled to France, Belgium and of course throughout his own country of the Netherlands to find and photograph their gravestones.  We are beholding to Jan for this wonderful gesture towards his Canadian cousins.