Source: Gathering Our Heroes
Date Stamped received at Military Headquarters Jan., 7, 1916. Dept. Militia and Defence, Jan.,08-1916 reference 4645-1 CANADA
St. Thomas, Ont., Jan. [illegible], 1916.
Major General Sir. S. Hughes,
In 1906 I held a Commission as a Lieutenant in the 61st Regiment, [illegible], D.2., and in 1906 my name was struck from the list of officers for not reporting for annual training, which I made clear to Colonel Roy at that time, was owing to sickness. I now seek to be reinstated in office that I hold a commission in the 91st O.S. Battalion now forming.
I took this matter up with Colonel Lavigne, the present Commanding Officer of the 61st Regiment, without [receiving] [illegible] any reply from him.
Being anxious to serve my country I have enlisted with the 91st O.S. Battalion as a private and have since received the information that there are no Roman Catholic Officers in this Battalion, and being the only Roman Catholic with Officers Qualifications, I would appreciate this office.
In 1905, I qualified under the name of J.A. Dufresne, being left an orphan and having kept the name of my guardian until my marriage in 1907.
No. 189764, D. Co.,
91st O.S. Battalion,