AUDY, Lieutenant Prosper John Theodore Long

AUDY, Lieutenant Prosper John Theodore Long  

(On Nelson Cenotaph as P.J. Audy)

Regimental Number:

Military Unit: 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles (British Columbia Regiment)

Date of Death: 28 July, 1916 (Ypres Salient)

Age at Death: 42

Place of Burial: Poperingh New Military Cemetery, Belgium

Medals: Long Service Medal

Attestation: 18 June, 1915, Vernon Camp

Previous Military Experience: Served for 5 years with Cape Mld. Riflemen; for one year with the King’s Colonials; for 6 months with the Irish Fusiliers of Canada; served in South African campaign.

Date and Place of Birth: 16 July, 1874; London, England

Occupation: Estate agent

Residence: Vernon, BC; formerly Nelson

Next of Kin: John Prosper Theodore Audy [Master Tailor] & Fanny Audy (Parents), London, England

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Newspaper items; Letters; Other information:

The Daily News, November 26, 1915:

                Went overseas with the 2nd contingent of the 54th battalion

Barry Shandrow, Legion of Frontiersmen in Canada: A Timeline 1904-1929, Part Two, 1908-1913, in Geoffrey A. Pocock, The Frontiersmen Historian, 2002-2009  

1908 – According to a small 16 page British Columbia Command handbook published 1974, “The Frontiersmen were first organized in British Columbia in 1908 in the Nicola Valley”. And “The first Vancouver Squadron was formed in 1910”.

1911 – Okanagan Squadron formed about April 1911, headquartered at Vernon BC and led by Legion Captain J.P. Audy (killed in action WW1), note correct name is Prosper John Theodore Audy.

2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles War Diary:

28 July/16—Ramparts-Ypres—6 p.m.—Enemy shelled Ypres fairly heavily with H.E. and shrapnel. Lieut. P.J.T. Audy & one man killed and five wounded by explosion of a shell in Monastery.

The Daily News, August 24, 1916:

Lieut. Audy, formerly connected with the ship yards at Nelson, was killed by a high explosive shell while in reserve billets several weeks ago, according to word received in the city yesterday. Lieut. Audy joined the 54th Battalion at Vernon last summer and went overseas with the draft from that unit. Later he was transferred to a detachment of the army service corps, with which he was serving when killed.