PFC Louis Emile Daigneault

PFC Louis Emile Daigneault

Sherbrooke, Estrie Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 23 Feb 1952 (aged 64)
Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA
Burial Barrington, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA
Plot 11-5E
Memorial ID 160796475 · View Source
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Louis Daigneault was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada on July 19, 1887 and came to the United States in 1895. He became a naturalized citizen on September 10, 1919 at the superior court in Lawrence, MA.

Louis enlisted in the National Guard June 26, 1916 in Methuen, MA. His early service with the National Guard included duty along the Mexican border during the campaign against Francisco "Pancho" Villa who had been raiding across the border into the United States.

On August 5, 1917 the National Guard unit he served with was activated into federal service as part of the regular U.S. Army and ordered to France to serve in World War 1. Pvt. Louis Daigneault fought with Battery C, 102 Field Artillery, 26th Division AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) in France. Almost all the young men in Battery "C" were from Lawrence, MA and were members of the National Guard from that city before it was activated and became part of the regular army.

On September 23, 1917, after training and organizing at Camp Curtis Guild in Boxford, MA, the unit left for New York harbor and from there to France aboard the ship Finland. In France, they fought against the Germans who invaded that country some years earlier. Pvt Daigneault fought with Battery "C" an artillery unit of the famous "Yankee Division" on many different fronts throughout northern France. This same unit was fighting at Verdun, France, the scene of much death and destruction when the war came to an end in November 1919. After peace was restored between France and Germany, Louis and the whole compliment he served with returned to the United States ending up at Fort Devens, MA. There, he and all the young men of Battery “C” were honorably discharged April 29, 1919.
The exploits of Battery "C" are chronicled in the book “Smashing Through The World War" with Fighting Battery "C", 102nd F.A.(Field Artillery), 26th Division” in which Louis is mentioned and pictured. Notice the WWI Artillery Horseshoer's patch on his shoulder on this memorial page. It is a dark blue woolen patch with an embroidered horseshoe.

After serving in WWI, Louis Emile Daigneault became a Lawrence, MA police officer until his retirement. He was appointed a reserve police officer on 1-1-1920 and a regular patrol officer on 7-30-1921. At one point, he was listed as living at 40 Water St in Lawrence, MA. He and his second wife Alice (Locke) Daigneault later owned a home together at 10 Beacon St also in Lawrence, MA.

Louis is the son of Antoine Daigneault and Adeline (Levesque) Daigneault both of whom are interred at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Andover, MA. Their graves are unmarked and their location cannot be exactly determined. "Note" - When Antoine & Adeline first immigrated to Massachusetts from Canada they used the surname "Laprise" which shows up in a 1900 census for their family.

Louis died of severe coronary artery disease while living in Dover, N.H. and is buried in the large "Locke" family plot in Barrington N.H. with his second wife Alice Locke, her mother, father and four of her uncles as well as her paternal grandparents.

Louis and his first wife Georgette Jesus had three children, Remond Daigneault who died in 1914 at 2 months, 6 days and Emilie who died in 1915 at 1 month. Their first child, George Joseph Daigneault born in 1913 survived and went on to marry Gladys Jonckheere. That union produced six children; Robert, Mildred, Alan, Charles, Paul and Warren Daigneault. Two of George's sons served in Viet Nam and one served in the Air Force within the United States.


PFC 102 Field Arty 26 Div
World War 1

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Louis Emile Daigneault (19 Jul 1887–23 Feb 1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. 160796475, citing Pine Grove Cemetery, Barrington, Strafford County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Paul (contributor 48868345) .