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Ernie Rochon


Date and Place of Birth: August 4, 1893 Fort William, Ontario, Canada
Date and Place of Death:    June 3, 1917 near Vimy, France
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Unknown
Rank: Private
Military Unit: Manitoba Regiment, 44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Area Served: France

Ernest E. Rochon, son of Eli and Arzelie Rochon, was born in Fort William, Ontario, Canada, on August 4, 1893. His father was a hotel keeper and Ernie was educated at St. Boniface College, a public school in Winnipeg.

Ernie’s older brother, George, played minor league baseball with the Regina Bone Pilers of the Class D Western Canada League in 1909 and with the Edmonton Gray Birds of the same league in 1913. George also played professional hockey with the Pacific Coast Hockey Association’s New Westminster Royals from 1912 to 1914. Ernie was also a gifted athlete and was well-known in the local area for his curling skills on the ice, as well as his abilities on the baseball field. In 1912, aged 19, he had an excellent summer with a local semi-pro team and finished out the season with the Winnipeg Maroons of the Class C Central International League.

It was to be Ernie’s only dabble with professional baseball. In 1916, he entered military service with the Manitoba Regiment, 44th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry and fought in the trenches of France.

Private Ernest Rochon, aged 23, was killed in action during the Battle of Vimy Ridge on June 3, 1917. His body was never recovered and he is remembered at the Vimy Memorial in Calais, France.

Thanks to Chris Woodman for "discovering" Paul Rairick. Chris operates a site that corrects information on pre-WWII minor league ballplayers http://minorleaguebaseballplayer.blogspot.com/

Date Added: December 12, 2019


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