Archived – Corporal Joseph-Thomas Kaeble, V.C., M.M

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Joseph-Thomas Kaeble was born on May 5, 1893, in St. Moïse, near Matane, Quebec. He joined the Royal 22e Regiment on March 20, 1916, in Sayabec (Quebec) where he quickly rose to the rank of corporal and was awarded the Military Medal (M.M.).

The First World War broke out and on September 27, 1916, Corporal Kaeble left for England as a machine gunner. A short time later, on November 13, 1916, he was posted to the 22e battalion, joining Francophone volunteers in defending the large area of French territory between Arras and Lens.

It was near Arras that Corporal Kaeble died in the field on June 9, 1918, while single-handedly repelling a strong German attack with his Lewis Gun. He was in charge of a machine gun section in the front line trenches. His determination resulted in the complete repulsion of the German attack.

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, Corporal Kaeble was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross (V.C.), the highest decoration in Britain and the Commonwealth. Corporal Kaeble was the first French Canadian to be awarded this military honour.

The CCGS Caporal Kaeble V.C. will be used as a maritime security vessel on which Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Sûreté du Québec officers will work together.


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Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Maritimes Region

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