Philip Pilon
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 Force.

 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.

Basic 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, 1915
Medical information relating to Philip Pilon's wounds
Philip Pilon's ancestral line and his family (sisters & brothers)