Frederick George L'Esperance signature

Frederick George L’Esperance, a munitions worker, signed up in Kingston on this day in 1918. He was born in Deseronto on October 22nd, 1898, the son of George L’Esperance and Georgina (née Beyette). In 1901 the family were in Deseronto, but they had moved to Trenton by 1911 and were living there when Frederick enlisted.

L’Esperance joined the 1st Depot Battalion of the Eastern Ontario Regiment with the regimental number 3057913. He was five feet seven and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. He was transferred to the Canadian Field Artillery in Kingston on November 1st, 1918 and demobilized there on November 30th.

In the 1921 census he was back in Trenton with his family, living in Ferry Street and working as a labourer. He married Albina Bernard on February 11th, 1926 in Trenton. By that time, he was a plumber and he gave his address as Detroit, Michigan.

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