AUDY, Lieutenant Prosper John Theodore Long
(On Nelson Cenotaph as P.J. Audy)
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 http://www.frontiersmenhistorian.info/canadatimeline2.htm
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.