Private John Francis Thiebot
31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Husband of Mary Ann Thiebot (nee Le Brocq)
Killed in action, aged 32 years.
NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post
of Tuesday 26 September 1916
Roll of Honour. Another gallant Jersey-Canadian,
Private John Francis Thiebot formerly of St Brelades,
has made the supreme sacrifice, the soldier having been
killed in action on 15 September last. The sad news
was conveyed to the widow (nee Mary Ann Le Brocq) by
the Officer Commanding A Company of the 31st Battalion
Canadians who, being a Jerseyman himself, wrote the
following letter with feelings of genuine regret. The
letter reads "Dear Mrs Thiebot, It is with great
regret that I have to inform you of the death in action
of your husband, Private Thiebot of the 31st Battalion.
It occurred on the morning of 15 September in an attack
on the German positions under heavy machine gun fire.
He was shot through the head and death was absolutely
painless and instantaneous. During the action your husband
behaved with great gallantry and was absolutely without
fear, and if he had lived I would have recommended him
for promotion. It is actions such as his that reflect
great credit on our little Island and I feel his loss
more as I am a Jerseyman myself. Please accept my condolences
in your bereavement. Yours very sincerely, J H L'AMY,
Captain Commanding A Company 31st Battalion. In the
field - 18 September 1916". The late Private
Thiebot was 32 and had been serving 14 months at the
Front and was in Jersey on leave last July. The news
of his death will be read with regret by many friends.
We tender the widow and daughter our sincere condolences
in their bereavement.