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Celestine Lacroix

Padre Celestine Lacroix 1888 - 1934. Image from the Christchurch Catholic Diocese Archives, provided by Marianne Abraham (September 2020).

Padre Celestine Lacroix 1888 - 1934. Image from the Christchurch Catholic Diocese Archives, provided …

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  • Title
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    Celestine AWMM
  • Surname
    Lacroix AWMM
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  • Service number
    WWI 53869 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
    1868 Public - Marianne - 12 September 2020 - Church records
  • Place of birth
    Ploubalay, Brittany , France Public - Marianne - 12 September 2020 - Ancestry Records
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
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  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Dean Holley (friend), Boulcott Street, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 26 April 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


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  • War
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    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 53869 AWMM
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  • From the Military Personnel File; "The Army Commander wishes to regard his appreciation of the gallant services rendered by the circumstances narrated. 'On October 14 about 7.30pm a collision occured between a French passenger train travelling from Boulougne to St. Omer, and a freight train the force of the impact wrecked the 3 foremost carriages, overturned both engines on the wreckage and telescoped the muddle of the train. The above escaped injury, through the carriage was damaged and at once set to work by the few lights available to free the injured, 30 were removed and attended to by Sister Black and a Canadian Medical Officer (name unknown). By this time the fore part of the train was in flames and 3 of the party leading the rescue work endeavoured to prevent the fire spreading by breaking the burning carriages. About 11pm a French engine removed the rear of the undamaged part of the train and returning an hour later was coupled by the descretion of the party to the shattered front with the object of moving it sufficently to enable rescue of the remainder of the injuered before the fire reached them, In this way the killed and injured were removed great assistance was given throughout by a Scotch Officer and later by a Canadian Cavalry Officer and N.C.O whose names are not known." AWMM
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    14 April 1934 AWMM
    Wanganui : WhanganuiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Heads Rd Old Catholic Cemetery, Wanganui AWMM
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    'A member of the Wanganui Catholic clergy passed away on Saturday morning - the Rev. Father Celestine La Croix (states a 'Dominion' Special Service message). Father La Croix was 66 years of age, and his birthplace was in the Diocese of St. Brieue, Brittany, France. He was educated at Montiueon, the Marist Apostolic College in France, and made his novitate at Paignton (England), where he was a fellow student with the Rev. Father Galerne, S.M., who is at present chaplain at the Sacred Heart Convent St. John's Wanganui, Father La Croix made his religious profession in 1889 and completed his theological studies at Barcelona. His ordination came in 1894 and for a time he was professor of English at St. Vincen's Marist College (Senlis), France. On coming out to New Zealand in 1898 he was posted to the Maori Mission staff of the Society of Mary, and was stationed at Taihape, eventually moving to Greymouth where he remained for a number of years. When New Zealand entered the Great War he was appointed a chaplain with the forces and served overseas. On returning to the Dominion, he went to Wairoa to take up parish work. In that centere his ability as a musician was availed of and he conducted the Wairoa Brass Band. In 1924 he came to Wanganui, where he entered into the work of the parish with a bery full interest. Two years ago, however he met with a motor accident which greatly affected him. He was appointed to the charge of the 'Third Order of Mary' and was present when that body met recently, a little over a week ago. When on the way to celebrate Mass at the Home of Compassion a week ago he suffered a stroke and from that never completely rallied. Father La Croix was well liked and his zeal for the work of the church was very marked. AWMM
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