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Langlois, F P

Courcelette British Cemetery

Courcelette British Cemetery, Somme.

Youngest son of Philip Edward & Lizzie Ann Langlois (nee Le Gresley) of Gordon Villa, St Peter, Jersey

Killed in action, aged 26 years.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 23 October 1916

Roll of Honour. We regret to state that Mrs Langlois of Gordon Villa, St Peters has received news that her son, Private Francis Philip Langlois of 60th Battalion Canadians, has been killed in action somewhere in France. The sad information was conveyed to the family by Sidney Le Marquand, a comrade of the deceased, who states that Private Langlois was killed by the explosion of a shell on the evening of 9 October as the Battalion was being relieved. The late soldier, he adds, was highly respected by all the Battalion and was often complimented on his work as a runner attached to Headquarters. He always had a cheerful word for everyone he met and he died as a brave and true soldier. The deceased was in his 27th year and gave up a good position with Mr Ernest Le Marquand at Newport, Gaspe, Canada and joined up in Montreal in July 1915. He came to England in November and proceeded to France last March. We offer the bereaved family our sincere sympathy.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 14 December 1916

The Late Private F Langlois. The Campbelltown Graphic of New Brunswick of 2 November 1916 published the following "A Memorial Service was held in St Peters Church on Sunday 29 October in memory of the late Private Francis Langlois. The church was appropriately draped and the Union Jack was placed in an honoured position together with a photo of the deceased within the Communion Rails. The deceased enlisted about July last year with 60th Battalion and was almost at once sent to the Front, where he went through all the severe fighting. During his residence at Newport his fine qualities as a man endeared him to all with whom he came into contact and his loyalty was his pride and he needed only the call to find him ready to lay his life down for the Empire and liberty". The bereaved mother has also received many letters of sympathy from Canadian friends of her gallant son, of which the following is one:

Picture courtesy of Mike & Rosemarie Thomas

Francis Philip Langlois

Private Francis Philip Langlois
60th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 23 October 1916

Commemorated on St Peters Parish Memorial

"Dear Mrs Langlois, You will have to excuse me if you think I am rude in writing to you but certainly I could not do otherwise as dear Francis was my best friend. He worked all his time while at Mr Le Marquand next door to our store so you can imagine how badly I felt when we heard the news. He had many friends in Newport, everybody had the flag half-mast for one whole day as a mark of respect to him and also we are having a Memorial Service on Sunday 29 October in his honour. I suggested it and it was entered into by everyone. His favourite hymn will be sung - "Lead Kindly Light" - and also "They Whose Course on Earth is O'er". Dear Mrs Langlois, you can feel a proud mother this Christmas coming as you can rest assured your dear son died a glorious death holding on to the dear old Union Jack which must fly high even if many of our dear ones have to pay the price. Yours respectfully, A S LEWIS 27 October 1916".


Canadian attestation papers

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record