- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/31
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (obverse/avers): HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR LOUIS JOSEPH BINET; E.C.P.; 55 (reverse/verso): W
- Materials Bronze
- Rank Lieutenant
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 22nd Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, Binet, Lieutenant Louis Joseph
- Measurements Thickness 0.5 cm, Outside Diameter 12.0 cm
- Caption Medals Project- Binet, Louis Joseph
Louis Joseph Binet was born in Québec City, Quebec, on 14 January 1889. He was the son of Louis Binet, a builder, and Alvine Binet.
Binet worked as a dry-food (grocery) clerk before he joined the military. The exact date he enlisted is unclear. Binet left Canada on 21 July 1915, joining the 23rd Reserve Battalion upon arrival in England. On 26 August 1915, he was commissioned as a lieutenant. On 21 December 1915, nine days after arriving in France, he was transferred to the 22nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (French Canadian). One month later, Binet was hospitalized with influenza. After a six-day stay in hospital, he rejoined his battalion on 31 January 1916. From 22 May to 7 June1916, he was once again in hospital, this time suffering from acute gastroenteritis.
Binet was wounded while running through an enemy barrage on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. Although he received immediate treatment in the field, he succumbed to his wounds. His body was later lost.
Louis Joseph Binet is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, on Vimy Ridge, in France.
- Caption Memorial Plaque for Louis Joseph Binet
- Additional Information Memorial plaque commemorating the death of Lieutenant Louis Joseph Binet. Born in Quebec City in 1889, Binet had served before the war as a lieutenant in the Voltigeurs de Québec, one of French Canada's oldest reserve infantry regiments. During the war, he served in the 22nd Battalion, the only French-Canadian unit in the Canadian or British armies. Binet was killed at the age of 27 during the Battle of Courcelette on 16 September 1916. He has no known grave and his name is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.