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The Cenotaph, erected in the St. Norbert Cemetery, was an over-grown, long forgotten homage to the thirteen men who fought and died in World War I and who were connected to the St. Norbert area.

In 2008, Art Bloomfield, long-time St. Norbert resident, took a closer look at the overgrown monument while walking his young grandson to preschool. Soon after, he and his family made it their personal mission to ensure that the cenotaph and those thirteen men whose names are etched in stone were forgotten no more.

Celebrate and honour these men at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.

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image placeholderJULES ELIScE SEEWALD,
SOLDAT de 2e classe
French Army, Service #132

Born:  September 18, 1885, Saint-Brienc, Cote du Nord, France, son of Charles Seewald and Marie Louis Courcous of France

Conscripted into the French Army:  May 26, 1905 Saint-Brienc

Discharged from the French Army:  September 25, 1908

Immigrated to Canada in 1910.

He married Marie Flavie Adrienne Pilon (born at Ritchot, MB) at Fort Garry on April 28, 1914. Together, they had a son, Charles Jules Seewald, born on May 30, 1914 in St Norbert, MB.

By August 02, 1914, he was recalled to duty and returned to France. On September 05, her reported to the 2e RIC, with rank of Soldat 2e Classe & service number 132.
He was killed in action on November 30, 1914 (29 years) at Vienne-Le-Chateau, Bois de la Gruerie

Occupation:  Gardener

Service Awards Unknown

He has no known grave. Memorials at Sainte Anne d’Auray & Saint Brieuc, France
His name is inscribed on the St Norbert, MB War Memorial

*with files from Jim Busby, Darryl Toews (MB Historical Society) and Brian Cyr

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