|Date of Birth||February 5, 1886|
|Place of Birth||Rustico, Prince Edward Island|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Madeline Buote, mother, Summerside, Prince Edward Island|
|Trade / Calling||Lumberman|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Place of Enlistment||Port Arthur, Ontario|
|Address at Enlistment||Summerside, Prince Edward Island|
|Date of Enlistment||March 23, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||32|
|Theatre of Service||Great Britain|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||March 18, 1928|
|Age at Death||42|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
By most accounts Joseph Artemus Buote was born on 5 February 1886 in the Rustico area in Prince Edward Island. His French Canadian parents were Joseph Buote and Madeline Perry, both from PEI. Artemus had two older siblings, Maria Cecelia (1883) and Leona (1885), and young siblings Joseph Arthur (1888) Emmanuel (1890), Leo Francis (1894), Augustine (1896), Aldona (1901), and Anna Rita (1904). By the time of the birth of Emanuel the family was living in Charlottetown but a short time later relocated to Summerside.
According to a later newspaper article about his death, Artemus left Summerside with the harvest excursion in 1905. He had previously been working as a livery man at a local hotel. At some point Artemus ended up in northwestern Ontario where he found work as a lumberman.
With the onset of conscription in the latter part of the war, drafted under the Military Service Act of 1917 Artemus had his medical examination on 5 December 1917 in Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario. When called up for service in March of 1918 in Port Arthur, Ontario, his present address was given as Summerside, PEI, with his mother Madeline as next of kin. His place of birth was given as Summerside. With the 81st Draft of the 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment, Artemus arrived in England aboard the Nellore on 15 August 1918, taken on strength with the 18th Reserve Battalion at Seaford. Serving for the remainder of the war in England, following a couple of transfers he embarked for Canada aboard the Baltic on 26 June 1919. Artemus was discharged from service on demobilization on 11 July 1919 at Charlottetown, PEI, rank of Private. Upon discharge, his proposed residence was given as Summerside.
Two of Artemus’ brothers also served during the war. Emanuel enlisted with the 105th Battalion in Summerside in March of 1916, served overseas with the 78th Battalion, and returned to Canada in June of 1919. With the 2nd Draft of the 1st Depot Battalion Nova Scotia Regiment, brother Leo arrived in England in mid April of 1918. Joining the 85th Battalion in the field overseas on 9 September, he sustained gunshot/shrapnel wounds to the head on the 29th. First evacuated to England in October, in late May of 1919 he was invalided to Canada. Leo died on 26 October 1921 at the Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax, his death attributed to his service.
After the war Artemus returned to northwestern Ontario and lived in a cabin in the Black Sturgeon Lake area on the outskirts of Kenora. He found work woodcutting for the Sundblad family that had a large farm in the area. Sadly, Artemus went missing about 18 March 1928 and when no trace was found of him it was assumed that he had moved to another part of the district. His body later found on 8 April, it appeared that he had become lost in the dark and in a state of exhaustion slipped down beside a tree. Cause of death on his Ontario death record was given as “natural causes apparently exposure or angina pectoris”.
At the time of his death Artemus was survived by his widowed mother Madeline and siblings Leona (widow of Peter Perry), Augustine, Aldona and Rita, all living in Taunton, Massachusetts, and brothers Arthur of Philadelphia and Emanuel of Kyle, Saskatchewan. He was predeceased by his father Joseph (before 1916) sister Cecelia, and brother Leo. Leona later died in 1944 in Taunton, his mother Madeline in 1949 in Taunton, Arthur in 1965 in Philadelphia, Altona in 1965 in New York, Emanuel in 1967 in Vancouver, BC, Augustine in 1969 in New York, and Rita in 1984 in Massachusetts. Artemus is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora. Previously unmarked, his grave marker was provided by Last Post Fund in August of 2020.
By Judy Stockham
Prince Edward Island obituary provided by Jean MacKay, Summerside PEI