Portrait of Arsène Bélanger

Private Arsène Bélanger was one of the soldiers of the 22e Bataillon who fought his way into the village of Courcelette. A labourer from St-Fabien Parish, Quebec, Bélanger had enlisted in 1915 with the 64th Battalion. He was transferred to the 22e in May 1916 and had spent the summer with the battalion, fighting at Zillebeke. Bélanger survived Courcelette, and served with the battalion until the end of the war. He received the Military Medal in 1919.

In a testament to his character found in his military file, Bélanger’s commanding officer stated “Pte. Bélanger was under my command for about fifteen (15) months, and I can say he was a good soldier, and that he was with me on the 15th of Sept. at Courcelette, and never failed in front of the enemy.”

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