|Date of Birth||December 11, 1889|
|Place of Birth||Kenora or Keewatin, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Mrs. Claudia Pelland (sister), Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Trade / Calling||Engineer, farmer and bushman|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Place of Enlistment||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Address at Enlistment||The Pas, Manitoba|
|Date of Enlistment||08/04/1918|
|Age at Enlistment||28|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||21/05/1931|
|Age at Death||41|
|Buried At||Roman Catholic Cemetery, The Pas, Manitoba|
Private Angus Auguste Dion was the son of Ferdinand (Frank) Joseph Dion and Emilie Michaud. Ferdinand and Emilie were both born in Quebec. By the early 1880s they were married and living in the Keewatin/Rat Portage area in northwestern Ontario, where Ferdinand worked in a sawmill. They had at least eight children: Wilfred (1883), Josephine (1886), Marie Adele Delia (1887, died at age three weeks), Claudia (1888), Angus Auguste (1889), Ernest (1891), Joseph Ferdinand (1893) and Marie Adele ‘Dora’ (1895). Angus was born on 11 December 1889 in either Keewatin or the neighbouring town of Rat Portage (now called Kenora). Dora was born in Keewatin in October 1895 and the family was living in Rat Portage at the time of the 1901 census. By 1906 they had moved to St. Boniface, Manitoba.
Angus was living in The Pas, Manitoba when conscription started in the fall of 1917. He had his medical on 5 December in Winnipeg and he was called up on 8 April 1918. His occupation was engineer although he also worked as a farmer and bushman. Next of kin was his sister Mrs. Claudia Pelland in Winnipeg. He was assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment. A week after being called up he was admitted to the Manitoba Military Hospital in Tuxedo Park for treatment for vd. At the end of May he was transferred to the Winnipeg General Hospital and two weeks later he was moved to St. Boniface Hospital, where he spent two months being treated for gonorrheal rheumatism in his legs.
On 14 August Angus returned to the Manitoba Military Hospital and he was discharged to light duty on 11 September. He still suffered from acute arthritis in his left foot and ankle and after just a few days he was back in the hospital. He was given sick leave for two weeks in October. On 21 November a medical board recommended that he be discharged and he was officially discharged from service on 2 December, due to being medically unfit. His brother Joseph Dion had enlisted in May 1915 and he was killed in France in April 1917.
Angus married Rose Anne Lavallée on 2 March 1919 in The Pas. Rose was the daughter of John Lavallée and Virginie Leclair of St. Laurent, Manitoba. She came from a large family and her father died in 1907, when she was about eight years old. Angus and Rose settled in The Pas and they had at least one son, Lionel, who was born in 1926. Lionel served in the Canadian army during the Second World War and was an active member of the Selkirk branch of the Canadian Legion.
Angus died in St. Anthony’s Hospital in The Pas on 21 May 1931, at age 41. His occupation at the time was prospector and his wife Rose was the informant for the death registration. She said he’d been living in The Pas since 1915. Angus is buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery in The Pas.
By Becky Johnson
Photo at the top: St. Anthony’s Hospital, The Pas