July 27, 1891 - May 12, 1958
In the spring of 1915, a second Canadian Contigent left for Europe.
Among them was Philip Pilon of Sudbury, Ontario, a young butcher by trade
of 24 years of age who had enlisted with the 28th Battalion, also known
as the North West Battalion, in November of 1914. Following several
months of tranining in England, Philip arrived on the shore of France at
the port of Boulogne on September 18, 1915. Within less than one
month, Philip had been shot in his right arm. The wound had dislocated
the bones in his elbow and his arm would never regain its full function.
Following convalescence in England, Philip was taken on in the Canadian
War Records Office in London. He would stay with this office until
after the war's end and would eventually be transferred to Canada to continue
this work. While in the Canadian War Records Office, he was twice
promoted, first to the rank of Corporal and then to the rank of Sergeant.
However, by the fall of 1919, Philip was discharged from the Canadian Expeditionary
It is intriguing to think that Philip Pilon may have handled some
of the very documents that were poured over in order to create these few
web pages dedicated to the service that Canadian Pilons made to their country
in the First World War. He could not have dreamed of the use that
they would one day be put to, nor certainly of the means that would be
employed to share this information.
about Philip Pilon
Important events of Philip Pilon's military
carreer, as recorded in his personnel file
The account of the action in which Philip was wounded on October 8,
Medical information relating to Philip
Philip Pilon's ancestral line and his family (sisters & brothers)