Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthMay 21, 1894
Place of BirthKoemenek Podolek
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMrs. Anna Zaremba Kam-Podolsk, Gue Kanenezk, UESD Pochta Lianskorun Silo Gukav
Trade / CallingLaborer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number417992
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion8th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Railway Troops
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentJuly 14, 1915
Age at Enlistment21
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of Death19790711
Age at Death85
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Zaremba, Michael

Michael Zaremba was born on the 21 May 1894 in Russia.

By 14 July 1915 when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force for service in WW1, he was living in Montreal, Quebec and had the occupation of labourer.  He joined the 41st Battalion and arrived in England on 28 October 1915.  The following June (1916) Michael was transferred to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion and sent to France. The Pioneer Battalions were responsible for building the intricate trenches of WW1. They followed close behind the expeditionary forces often having to down tools to fight off counter-attacks. Michael received a Good Conduct Badge on 30 July 1917. In December of 1917 he was admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital while he was on leave in England for treatment of venereal disease.  Michael was transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion in February 1918 and then the Canadian Railway Troops in March 1918.  In April of 1918 he was sent back to France with the 8th Canadian Railway Troops and served there until returning to England on 30 January 1919 at which time he was placed with the Canadian Railway Troop depot to prepare for demobilization.  Michael spent one week in Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe at the end of February 1919.  He was struck off strength and returned to Canada in July of 1919.  His official discharge due to demobilization was on 11 July 1919 in Montreal.

At some point, Michael moved to Kenora, Ontario. He was retired and living in Laclu, a rural area outside Kenora, in 1962.

Michael Zaremba died on 11 July 1979 in Kenora.  He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

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