Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthNovember 24, 1890
Place of BirthFort William, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinJoesph Beaudro (father), Box 592, Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingClerk
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number2650717
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion76th Battery
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Field Artillery
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 12, 1918
Age at Enlistment27
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathOctober 28, 1946
Age at Death55
Buried AtGrand View Memorial Park, Glendale, California, USA
PlotSection M, Lot 506, Grave 3

Beaudro, Silas Alexander

Gunner Silas Alexander Beaudro of Kenora, Ontario was called up in February 1918. He served in Canada for ten months with the Canadian Field Artillery.

Silas was the youngest son of Joseph Henry Beaudro (Beaudrault) and Sarah Leger. Joseph was born in Sorel, Quebec and moved to Minnesota with his family as a child. His wife Sarah was from New York. They settled in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota and their first eight children were born there: John, Mary, Ida, Charlotte, Moses, Edward, Rocque and Walter. Around 1887 they moved to the district of Thunder Bay in northwestern Ontario, where Joseph became involved in mining exploration. Silas was born on 24 November 1890 in Fort William (now part of Thunder Bay). By the following spring, when the 1891 census was taken, the family was living in the Rat Portage area and Joseph was employed as the manager of a mine. At the time of the 1901 census the four youngest boys were still at home. The older children, John, Moses and Ida, were married by then and Mary was already a widow. Charlotte became a Sister of Charity. Sadly, Edward married in January 1904 and died a month later of diphtheria.

In 1905 the town of Rat Portage was renamed Kenora. Joseph and his son John owned and operated a hotel in Rat Portage/Kenora for about twenty years, starting in the 1890s. It was called Central House and it was located on Matheson Street, across from the CPR station. Early on the morning of 28 April 1917 Silas was on duty as the hotel night clerk when he noticed smoke coming from the basement. He raised the fire alarm and helped to evacuate his family and the hotel’s residents before flames engulfed the three-storey building. His family lost all of their possessions in the fire.

Silas’s brother Rocque Francis (Roxy) had enlisted in the spring of 1916 and he was sent overseas in February 1917. The Military Service Act became law in Canada that summer and single men aged 20 to 34 were required to register by October. Silas had his medical exam on 5 February 1918 in Winnipeg and he was found fit for service. He was called up a week later and assigned to the 76th Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. In April he developed furunculosis and he was admitted to St. Boniface Hospital for two weeks of treatment. After recovering he spent a few days visiting his family in Kenora. The 76th Battery was sent to Camp Petawawa in Ontario to train during the summer. Silas was home on furlough for most of September and in October his unit was absorbed by No. 10 Artillery Depot in Winnipeg. A month later the Armistice ended hostilities in Europe. Silas was discharged on demobilization on 27 December in Winnipeg.

After the war Silas was employed as a surveyor and his work took him out west. He was married in Vancouver on 12 April 1920, with his residence at the time listed as Kenora. His wife, Nina Madeline Mellish, was born in Victoria, BC in 1899 to Henry and Jennie Mellish. When the 1921 census was taken Silas and Nina were living in the Revelstoke area and he was working on tunnel construction. Their oldest son, Joseph Palmer, was two months old at the time. By 1926 they were living in Vancouver and Silas was employed by S.E. Junkins, a construction firm. In January 1927 they moved to the U.S. and settled in Los Angeles where Silas worked in the oil industry. He and his wife had at least one more child, a son Walter born in 1935 or 1936.

Silas passed away on 28 October 1946, at age 55, and he’s buried in Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale, California. His wife Nina died in 1964.

By Becky Johnson

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