Private Lazare Gionet

1st Depot Battalion
1917–1919 WWI

Lazare Gionet was born in 1896 and lived an amazingly 108 years when he passed in 2005.

Lazare was a farmer and fisherman who joined the army as private in 1916 when he was 20 years old. He served two years of combat duty in Europe until the end of the war.

Lazare was a member of the Caraquet Legion, in New Brunswick.

At the age of 101, Lazare visited France in 1998 on the 80th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

In 2002, age 105, Lazare was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

(The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal was created in 2002 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The medal was awarded to Canadians who made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.)

Lazare was married to his wife, Lauza, and they had nine children. At the time of his passing, he had 31 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.

Lazare’s son, Armand, was killed in the Second World War at age 20 in The Netherlands.

Headstone – Armand Gionet – Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, Netherlands
Far left – Lazare Gionet. Far right – Armand Gionet.

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