James Allen Gould

 

 

Jun 15, 1894

Born in Canterbury, New Brunswick to James and Annie Belle Gould. 

James’ father died following his birth, and his mother remarried.

 

Sep 29, 1915

Attested into the 64th Battalion in Sussex, New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 470723

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. M.B. Hillman, mother, Canterbury, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Operator

Ø      Previous military experience given as 13 months (unit not named)

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

 

Nov 1, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Provisional Sergeant 

This was later amended to read Acting Sergeant

 

Mar 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Adriatic in Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

Apr 9, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott

 

Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 40th Reserve Battalion in the Caesar Camp near Folkestone

 

Jul 12, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

 

Jul 14, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 76 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.  There was no requirement for Sergeants in the battalion and he reverted to the rank of Private

 

Aug 5, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the Halifax Camp near Brandhoek, Belgium

 

Aug 21, 1916

Left the entrenching battalion and joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Quebec Camp as part of a draft of 20 reinforcements

 

Sep 1, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Garlick 59352, who had reverted to the rank of Private at his own request

 

Sep 15, 1916

As part of the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the task of taking a German stronghold in a sugar refinery near Courcelette.  This was the first time the Canadians had used tanks as part of their attack and L/Cpl Gould was killed in that fighting, just 3 weeks after joining the battalion and was buried by his comrades in a field nearby.  When the war ended, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Courcelette British Cemetery.

Following the end of the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. M.B. Hillman, Canterbury Station, York County, Nova Scotia

 


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