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Spr. Frederick Gabriel
Canadian Expeditionary Force. 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company
from:Coduroy Valley, Newfoundland, Canada
(d.4th Dec 1917)
Fred Gabriel was a farmer's son. His older brother took over the farm on which they'd lived after their father died. Seeing that his father would not write out a Will and Testament and knowing the mind of his brother to own the land exclusively, Frederick left and joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was sent to Ypres.
I know he served at the Battle of Messines but he died in December not June and I am unaware of what took his life. Another action in which he was involved, a previous injury, or succumbing to disease? I would like to know but have been unable to find any answer thus far.
His brother Alphonsus had a son Norman and I am Norman's child but named for "Uncle Fred". He is interred in Etaples military cemetery in Pas de Calais, France, section XXX plot 0-6
Etaples was the location of many military hospitals, so it is likley that Fred passed away in one of these hospitals as a result of being injured.
Gerald Frederick Gabriel
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