Private Guy Blanchette was born in Potsdam, NY and was living in Huntingdon in 1918. He was conscripted and was likely in France/Belgium in the early early August 1918, shortly before he was killed. On 8 August he was fighting near Amiens/Rosieres area of northern France. He was likely killed near the Pierret Wood area. His brother, George, was killed in Belgium 3 months later. George was part of the 22nd Battalion, which was fighting in close proximity to the 24th.
From the Huntington Gleaner October 10, 191
The following letter explains itself. It is gratifying to the relatives to have such testimony borne to the memory of one who has played his part at the front.
France, September 2, 1918
Dear Mr. Blanchette,
The incessant traveling and fighting in which we have been engaged lately have prevented my writing as soon as I could have wished, to express my deep sympathy with you in the death of your brother, Pte G. Blanchette, No. 3155395. Of this brother who was killed in action on August 8th, so far as I can gather, he was killed instantly during the attack that morning. One can only feel thankful that death came quickly and that he was mercifully spared all pain and suffering. He is buried in a military cemetery some miles east of Villes Bretonneux.
Though he had not been very long with us, your brother had made many friends both through his cheerfulness, and his courage under fire, and these comrades now mourn his loss very deeply.
But his fighting is over, and he has won his reward. And one can only leave him in the hands of the Father and pray that he will grant rest to his soul. His personal effects will be sent to you through the regular channel, but they are very slow and it may be some months before anything reaches you. Again assuring you of my deep sympathy. Yours faithfully:
C. Stewart, Captain
Chaplain 24th Canadian Battalion, V.R.C.