Lance Corporal Laurent Gilbert Narcisse Stuart

This is part of a series of essays about the First World War casualties commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in New Hampshire. This account is incomplete, however, due to the process to digitise Canadian service records; it will be updated when his service record becomes available.

The grave of Lance Corporal Laurent Stuart
The grave of Lance Corporal Laurent Stuart

Laurent Stuart, and his twin brother Leonel, were born on 22 March 1895[1] at L’Ange-Gardien, Rouville, in southern Quebec, the son of Théode and Odile Stuart.[2] The family emigrated to the United States in 1906 and settled in Manchester, New Hampshire. His father owned a grocery store and most of the children worked for one of Manchester’s shoe manufacturers.

Laurent Stuart travelled to Canada and enlisted on 29 September 1914. He joined the 12th Battalion (22793, Private) and sailed for England two days later, on the SS Scotian, arriving on 14 October.[3] The Battalion was broken up to provide reinforcement drafts. The path to France taken by Private Stuart is not yet known in detail but at some time he was attached to 1st Divisional Cyclist Company, which later became part of the Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion.

Having fallen ill, Lance Corporal Stuart was recommended for discharge and he sailed for Canada on 16 December 1916 on board the RMS Andania, on one of its last runs as a troopship. He died of nephritis and valvular heart disease on 24 February 1917 in the General Hospital, Montreal. His remains were returned home and he was buried in Saint Augustin Cemetery, Manchester on 28 February. Saint Augustine Cemetery is in two sections and Stuart’s grave is in the south-east corner of the western part of the older cemetery, near the junction of South Beech Street and Gold Street.

The Canadian Book of Remembrance showing the entry for Lance Corporal Laurent Stuart
The Canadian Book of Remembrance showing the entry for Lance Corporal Laurent Stuart

Lance Corporal Laurent Stuart is commemorated on page 334 of the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance; that page is displayed on 20 and 21 July.

1. (Back) His birthdate is taken from his baptismal record; it is recorded as 22 March 1892 on his attestation papers.
2. (Back) Théode Stuart (1870-28 March 1929) married Odile Vadnais (1871-10 November 1936) on 23 September 1890: Cora V. (later Lebel, later Sirois, later Page) (23 August 1891-16 May 1932); Alma G. (later Gallagher) (21 July 1893-1 March 1930); Joseph Leonel Gildas ‘Leo’ (22 March 1895-1959); Corinne Mathilda (later Sauvageau) (20 March 1897-NK); Blanche R. (later Roy) (9 January 1900-November 1979); Joseph Theode (1901-1977) and George Albert (16 February 1909-27 March 1909). Note: Some of these dates are different to those inscribed on the family memorial.
3. (Back) The embarkation roll records his name as ‘Lawrence’.

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