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de Gruchy, J L

Menin Gate

The Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 17 May 1915

Commemorated on family memorial in Almorah Cemetery


Canadian attestation papers


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Joshua Laverty De Grouchy

Corporal Joshua Laverty de Grouchy
1st Battalion , Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)

1914-15 Star

Son of Noel and Ann (nee Le Moignan), of St. Helier. Husband of Harriette Catherine Smith (formerly de Gruchy), of Homely Lodge, St. Mark's Road, St Helier. He had lived at Les Carriere, St Martin's prior to leaving for a new life in Canada.

Killed in action at St Julien, aged 46 years.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 17 May 1915

Roll of Honour. Death of Mr Joshua de Gruchy. The many friends in the Island of Mr Joshua Laverty de Gruchy will hear with deep regret of his death, which occurred recently in action near St Julien. Mr de Gruchy who formerly resided at Les Carrieres, St Martins, which was still his property, left the Island a few years ago for Canada. When war broke out he decided to enlist in the Canadian contingent and, although well over the age limit, managed to get himself accepted. The best proof that he was not too old to render yeoman service lies in the fact that he has since risen to Corporal's rank. The manner of his death is described in the following letter received by his widow from the Chaplain of the 1st Canadian Brigade; it reads "Dear Mrs de Gruchy, I expect you have already received the sad news about your husband from the War Office. I have today had a letter from the Sergeant of his Company in which he says of your husband "We were firm friends and I found him a good soldier and an honourable and upright man and feel his loss deeply. He succumbed to a bullet which pierced his forehead whilst he was in the prone position; death was mercifully instantaneous. It took place at St Julien whilst the Company was advancing." I wish my sorrowing sister to extend to you a brother's sympathy, how deeply we officers mourn the loss of our brave fellows we can never tell. This is hitting us all very hard but we are proud to have led such loyal and noble soldiers, worthy of the Empire's honour. Not all the honours the Empire can bestow nor all the praise can bring back our dead to us. May God in His mercy help you to bear bravely the burden of sorrow and to find comfort in the words of our Saviour "Greater love hath no man than this to lay down his life for his friends" your husband laid down his life for poor, piteously weeping, Belgium, surely he will not miss his due reward."

At 8pm every evening, the Last Post is played inside the Menin Gate in remembrance.