Peter Labobe (1880-1923) was from Lennox Island, off the northwest coast of Prince Edward Island. He was born on March 19, 1880, and was a member of the Lennox Island band of the Mi'kmaq First Nation. Lennox Island was originally known, in the Mi'kmaq language, as L'nui Minegoo, or the People's Island. Labobe was married at the time of his enlistment in 1916, although his wife had left him. His parents were deceased, and he listed his brother as his next of kin. He joined the 115th (New Brunswick) Battalion on February 29, 1916, in St. John, New Brunswick, and was sent overseas later that year. As the war went on, the 115th Battalion was disbanded. Upon arriving in France, Labobe was with the 127th Battalion, which became the 2nd Battalion of the Canadian Railway Troops. He survived the war and returned to Canada. He died on June 22, 1923, in Nova Scotia.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: March 19, 1880 (Richmond, Prince Edward Island)
Date of Attestation: February 29, 1916 (St. John, New Brunswick)
Age at Enlistment: 36 years
Height: 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches
Weight: 152 pounds
Description: Brown complexion, black eyes, brown hair. Roman Catholic.
Home Address: Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island
Married: Yes — Mary Labobe (though they were separated)
Details of Family: Brother, John Labobe, living on Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island. Both parents are deceased.
Next of Kin: Brother (John Labobe)
Branch of Service: Infantry and Railway Corps
Theatre of War: England, France
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- July 23, 1916 – Labobe sails overseas from Halifax on the SS Olympic. (Page 24)
- August 1, 1916 – His assigned pay of $15.00 per month is being sent to his brother, John. (Page 26)
- May 17, 1918 – He is awarded the Good Conduct Badge for service in the field. The date given is February 29, 1918, although February had only 28 days in 1918. (Page 8)
- March 19, 1919 – He is discharged from service due to demobilization, and sails back to Canada a few days later on the troopship HMT Belgic. (Pages 4 and 11)
- June 26, 1922 – A note added to his discharge documents indicates that he died on June 23, 1922, at the Nova Scotia Sanitarium, of pulmonary tuberculosis. (Page 14)
- Undated – A typed note instructs that his military medals are to be sent to the Department of Indians Affairs, and not to his widow. It reads:
"The military estate of the above mentioned was distributed through the Dept. of Indian Affairs. Soldier is survived by a widow who deserted him. It is understood that the regulations of the Dept. [of] Indian Affairs do not permit turning over of assets to a person of immoral character. Therefore the medals should be forwarded to the Dept. of Indian Affairs, Ottawa, with covering letter." (Page 22)
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