(Joseph) Alcide BEAUREGARD
Lieutenant (Joseph) Alcide BEAUREGARD
Photos - Larry Henley and Beauregard family.
Alcide Beauregard was born on 25 (or 23?) March 1917, the second of ten children (four boys and six girls) of Canadian parents, Noël Beauregard (a farmer) and Marie Anne Beauregard (née Moreau), in Roxton Falls, Shefford County, some 80 miles north-east of Montréal, and in the Estrie/Eastern Townships region of Québec, Canada. While a child, Beauregard moved with his family to the Ely North township, Valcourt. His family was of French descent, with distant relatives still living in Brittany and Beauregard was fluent in French and English. Little is recorded of his early years, but his educational attainment included technical studies at college where he became proficient in electrical work. Up to the outbreak of war he had held a variety of blue collar and technical jobs – truck driver, miner, radio mechanic and electrical mechanic.
After the outbreak of war, Beauregard joined the francophone Régiment de Maisonneuve and while still based in Montréal in February 1940 he married a local girl, (Marie) Jeannette Rodrigue, the sister of Yvonne, the wife of Alcide’s older brother, Elphège. The newly-weds’ home address was in St. Jean-de-la-Lande-de Beauce when Beauregard left for England with the Maisonneuve in August 1940. Thanks to his previous work experience, Beauregard became a signaller and subsequently transferred to the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He was serving with 2nd Canadian Division Signals in southern England as a Signalman, service no. D/56546, when SOE ............... [Remainder of case study is complete - contact author for further details].
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