- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/12/01
- Latest 1919/12/31
- Inscription 919959 PTE. J. W. E. POITRAS; STERLING
- Support loose
- Materials Sterling silver
- Rank Private
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 24th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Poitras, Private John William Emerson
- Measurements Length 4.5 cm, Width 3.1 cm, Thickness 0.2 cm
- Caption John William Emerson POITRAS
- Additional Information Born in 1877 at Valleyfield, Québec, Poitras enlisted in the 199th Battalion in September 1916. In England, he was struck off strength of the 199th Battalion and assigned to the 24th Battalion. In September and October 1917, he was convicted of "drunkenness." He was killed in action on 6 November 1917.
- Caption Medals Project- Poitras, John William Emerson
John William Emerson Poitras was born in Valleyfield, Quebec, on 16 May 1877. He was the son of Lucius and Lydia Poitras. His father was a police constable.
A butcher, Poitras enlisted in the 199th Battalion in Amherstburg, Ontario, on 11 September 1916. He arrived in England on 26 December 1916. On 22 May 1917, he was transferred to the 24th Battalion.
Poitras was killed in action in Belgium on 6 November 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele. His body was not recovered. The circumstances of his death are described in the 24th Battalion’s war diary, which states that the battalion experienced continuous shelling throughout the day and night as it held the line.
John William Emerson Poitras is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, in Ypres, Belgium.