Pte Bellefontaine Urbain

  • Date of birth: 23/08/1892
  • Place of birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Date of death: 09/11/1914
  • Place of death: Abraham Heights, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 22
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Country: Canada
  • Rank: Private
  • Service number: 291649
  • Enlistment date: 11/11/1915
  • Enlistment place: Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Canada
  • Last known unit: Canadian Infantry, 22nd Bn. (Canadien Francais)
  • Force: Canadian Expeditionary Force


Additional information

Private Urbain Bellefontaine served in the 22nd Battalion, an all French-speaking unit. Out of this unit the 22nd Regiment (“Van Doos”) originated. Until this day, it is the only French-speaking unit in Canada. They were part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, of the 2nd Canadian Division. His unit fought in the final stage of the Third Battle of Ypres, namely the Second Battle of Passchendaele. On one of the final days of the battle, on November 9 1917, the 22nd took position in a resting area at Abraham Heights. But the German artillery didn’t grant them much rest. The soldiers of the 22nd were continuously shelled, while performing resupply and evacuation missions to and from the frontline. During the heavy bombardments private Bellefontaine went missing. His remains were never identified. He is remembered on the (Ypres) Menin Gate Memorial.