|Date of Birth||December 24, 1893|
|Place of Birth||RM of La Broquerie, Manitoba|
|Next of Kin||Mr J Huppe, Woodridge, Manitoba|
|Trade / Calling||Farmer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Place of Enlistment||Regina, Saskatchewan|
|Address at Enlistment||Buchanan, Saskatchewan|
|Date of Enlistment||July 12, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||24|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||July 16, 1978|
|Age at Death||84|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
Joseph Edmond (Ed) Huppe (Hupé) was born on 24 December 1893, birth registered in the RM of La Broquerie in eastern Manitoba. His parents Joseph Huppe and Virginie Charron-Ducharme had married on 26 November 1892 in La Broquerie. The family farmed in the La Broquerie/Saint Anne area before moving to the Woodridge area in southeastern Manitoba around 1904/1905 to farm. Children born to the family were Edmond, Joseph Albert (1896-1896), Joseph Michel (Michael) (1897), Joseph Alexander (1900), Marie Anne (1903), Johanna (1905), Joseph Wilfrid (1908), and Louis Alfred Avila (1910-1910).
Ed was living in Buchanan, Saskatchewan when he was called up for service under the Military Service Act of 1917 on 12 January 1918 in Regina. Having had his medical examination the previous November in Humboldt, his occupation was given as farmer and his father Joseph in Woodridge as next of kin. With the 3rd draft of the 1st Depot Battalion, Saskatchewan Regiment, Ed arrived in England on 3 April 1918 aboard the Missanabie. After training with the 15th Reserve Battalion he arrived in France that August. Briefly with the 5th Battalion, by early September he joined the 52nd Battalion in the field. The 52nd Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and had embarked for Britain on 23 November 1915. It disembarked in France on 21 February 1916 where it fought as part of the 9th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. On 28 September Ed sustained a gunshot wound to the leg that fractured his tibia and he was admitted to the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station. By the end of the month he was transferred to the No 4 General Hospital in Camiers and then invalided to England in early October. He recuperated at the Military Hospital Bethnal Green until early January of 1919 and then on to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital Bear Wood, Wokingham in Berkshire until late February. Ed embarked for Canada aboard the Orduna on 7 July 1919 and was discharged from service on demobilization on 19 July in Winnipeg, rank of Private.
Ed’s brother Michael enlisted with the 107th Battalion in February of 1916 and arrived in France the following February. The battalion was converted to Pioneers and served in France and Flanders as the 107th Pioneer Battalion. That August Michael suffered shell gas poisoning and was invalided to England. With the end of the war he returned to Canada in December 1918, rank of Driver. Ed’s brother Alexander enlisted with the 214th Battalion in Watson, Saskatchewan in April of 1916 and served in Europe with the 28th Battalion. Sustaining shrapnel wounds to the neck in early September 1918, he was invalided to Canada for further treatment in February of 1919.
Following discharge from service, Ed’s proposed residence was given as Winnipeg. His mother Virginie died in 1919 followed by his father Joseph a short time later, resulting in the disintegration of the family unit. At the time of the 1926 census Edmond was living with his brother Michael and his wife and three children in Winnipeg. A 1935 Voter’s list placed him, along with Michael’s family and other Huppes, in Woodridge where his occupation was given as labourer on the list.
On 17 October 1938, in Winnipeg, Ed married Julie Csuzdi. Born on 22 September 1912 in the RM of Sprague (Woodridge), Julie was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants David Csuzdi and Julianna Szantos. Ed and Julie were to make the Woodridge/Middlebro area their home for a number of years where Ed operated a pulpwood camp north of Woodridge. Children born to the couple were June and David. In 1955 Ed and Julie relocated to Wade in northwestern Ontario near Minaki where Ed was the foreman in a bush logging camp. Following retirement, Ed and Julie moved to Kenora, living on Rabbit Lake Road.
Ed died on 16 July 1978 in the Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Julia, daughter June (Philip) Martel of Middlebro, son David (Lorraine) Huppe of Rabbit Lake, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was also survived by his brother Wilfrid of Port Alberni, BC and sister Anne Cheyne of Winnipeg. Wilfred later died in 1985 and Anne in 1993. Ed was predeceased by his two brothers Joseph Albert and Louis Alfred in infancy, his parents, his brother Alexander in 1973 and brother Michael in 1975, both at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, and sister Johanna (Leon) Dupas in 1977 in Steinbach, Manitoba. Ed’s wife Julia died on 2 December 2001 and along with Ed is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.
By Judy Stockham