I wish to call the attention of the Prime Minister, who is also Acting Minister of Militia, to a case that has been placed before me by the Rev. J.
O. Dube, parish priest of iSt. Godefroy, in the county of Bonaventure, relating to Private Adolphe Grenier No. 416278, of the 24th, formerly 41st Overseas Battalion. This is rather an unusual case. This young man, 20 years of age, enlisted in Hull
on February 18, 1915, and was reported on the 13th of March last as having been " killed in action March 3rd." On attestation the name and address of the next of kin were not stated. He was the adopted son of Pierre LeCourtois and his wife, Genevieve Roussy. These people took him when he was two months old, and brought him up until he was 20 years of age. Last year he happened to be in Hull working for a lumber firm, and he enlisted there and went to the front. He gave on enlistment the name of Adolphe Grenier, presuming that this was the name of his father, although he had been brought up by these two persons whom I have mentioned, who are very humble fishing folks. The question now arises who will succeed to whatever balance of pay has been left by him, and an insurance policy of $1,000 which he has referred to in two scraps of letters which I have in my hand. One of these is written in lead pencil and in it he says he is taking out an insurance policy on behalf of his adopted mother. There is a second letter, dated 12 August, 1915, in which he bids her a fond farewell on the eve of going into action, and hopes he will be able to get through all right, but if he does not he leaves everything to her. It is rather a pathetic letter, and looks as if he had a premonition of his fate. He refers to the sacrifice he is about to make for his Mother Country, England and Canada, and for all the citizens of this country. In addition to this, there is a letter, which I think worth reading, from the commanding Dfiicer of the corps to which this young man belonged:
Dear Mr. Grenier :
Ere this letter reaches you, you will no doubt have heard from the department at Ottawa of the death of your son.
As his Commanding Officer I desire to place on record my appreciation of the faithful and efficient services which he has rendered and which has been an inspiration to all ranks
I count it a great honour to have in my battalion quite a number of French Canadian soldiers, and they have all been looked upon by my officers and myself as the mainstay of the section to which they belong.
If at any time I can be of service to you, please write me, and if spared, I shall be only too glad to do anything I can to show my deep appreciation of the good work done by your son.
On behalf of my officers, N.C.O.'s and men, I extend our heartfelt sympathy.
J. H. Gunn, Lt.-Col.
From this correspondence, which the reverend gentleman has sent .to me, I see that the officer in charge of the estates of deceased soldiers says that it may take about four or five months before the department will be in a position to deal with the case. The reverend gentleman calls attention to the unusual circumstances that no kin are referred to in the attestation. He was the adopted son of these people; and by these letters, which evidently are a .testament, whatever legal value they may have, he has left all that belonged to him to hie adopted mother, Mrs. Pierre Le-Courtois.