Gilbert Dionne signature

Gilbert Dionne, a machinist, signed up on this day in 1916 in Orillia. His birth was registered in Trenton in 1891 (when his younger brother Alphonse was born) and the date given then was August 4th, 1889. On his attestation paper he gave the location of his birth as Deseronto and the date as December 26th, 1889. His parents were Gilbert Dionne and Louise (née Deronceau). On September 26th, 1911, he married Evelyn Craddock in Oshawa and the couple had two daughters.

Gilbert joined the 157th Battalion with the regimental number 643868. He was five feet nine inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His service record shows that he left Canada on October 17th, 1916 and arrived in England on October 28th on the SS Cameronia.

Gilbert did not return home.