CEF Soldier Detail

Private Joseph Trottershaw
Died: May 23, 1944

Regimental Number:
288650
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
No. 10 Special Service Company
Company:
Place of Birth:
Trois Rivières, Quebec
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Louise Trottshaw (wife), Elm Creek, Manitoba
Address at Enlistment:
Elm Creek, Manitoba
Date of Birth:
June 21, 1867
Trade or Calling:
Farmer
Marital Status:
Married
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of Enlistment:
May 16, 1916
Age at enlistment:
49
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
34 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Canada    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
May 23, 1944
Age at Death:
77
Buried at:
Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Plot:
MLTY-2168-0
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Not Specified
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 9793 - 71
Research Notes

Joseph was born 21 June 1867 and baptized 24 June 1867 as Joseph Troptochaud [sic], the son of Joseph Troptochaud, farmer, and Odile Bellemare, of Mount Carmel, Quebec (Ancestry.com. Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967, Saint-Maurice Parish Registers, fo. 27, b. 103).

Joseph's surname was usually spelled Trotochaud but he later went by Trottershaw and Trottshaw. The surname shows up in records with various other spellings too.

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Private Canadian Infantry No. 10 Special Service Company
Private Canadian Infantry 221st Battalion
Images
Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg

Joseph's surname was usually spelled Trotochaud but he later went by Trottershaw and Trottshaw.

He was the son of Joseph Trotochaud and Odile Bellemare of Mount Carmel, Quebec. He was born 21 June 1867 and was one of eight children. In 1871 his family was living in the Township of Rochester, Essex County, Ontario. In 1880 they were living in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Joseph's father died near Sault Ste. Marie in 1909 and his obituary said the family had moved there in 1876 when Joseph was 9 years old.

Joseph married Louise Ouellette 20 October 1896 in Morden, Manitoba. They had at least seven children but by the time he enlisted in May 1916 only three survived (Joseph, John/Jack and Henry). The family lived in Morden, Dufferin, St. Claude and Elm Creek, Manitoba.

Joseph enlisted on 16 May 1916 in Winnipeg and served in Canada with the 221st Battalion for 11 months. He was discharged on 14 April 1917 at age 50 as medically unfit. He enlisted again on 30 January 1918 and served for 8 months with the Canadian Garrison Regiment, No. 10 Special Services Company. He was discharged on 4 September 1918 in Winnipeg, again as medically unfit.

After the war Joseph and Louise lived in Winnipeg and had another son, Frank. Their son Henry died in 1921 (age 10) and their son Joseph in 1929 (age 26). Both of their surviving boys, Jack and Frank, served in the Second World War. Jack was also a welterweight boxer who fought in Canada, the US and Europe.

Joseph died on 23 May 1944 and he's buried in the Military Field of Honour at Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg. His wife Louise passed away in 1961, their son Jack died in 1975 and Frank in 1988.