James Halliday Alp

Apr 6, 1894

Born in Liverpool, England to William and Janet (nee Rollins) Alp


Oct 8, 1901

Embarked the SS Lake Champlain in Liverpool with his parents and siblings



Oct 20, 1901

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Jun 1, 1911

James Alp and his family are shown on the 1911 Canadian Census as living in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario and his occupation is listed as Bank Clerk


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 495

Ø  Next of kin given as Rev. William Halliday Alp, father, Harwood, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  Previous military experience given as 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

Prior to enlistment James Alp was a member of the Masonic St. John’s Lodge No. 17 in Cobourg, Ontario

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 2, 1915

Surgery performed in Kingston hospital to alleviate the symptoms of Emphysema


May 4, 1915

Struck Off Strength the 21st Battalion while in hospital.  Once released from hospital he was attached to the CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) in Kingston


Oct 18, 1915

Taken On Strength the 80th Battalion in Kingston with the number 219006


Dec 16, 1915

Attested as an Officer in the 80th Battalion CEF in Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Rank Lieutenant

Ø  Next of kin given as Rev. W.H. Alp, father, Harwood, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Banker

Ø  Previous military experience given as 7 months in the 21st Battalion and 4 months in the Canadian Army Medical Corps

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian


May 14, 1916

James Alp resigned his Commission to return to the rank of Private with the number 219015 in order to proceed to England with the battalion


May 20, 1916

Embarked the SS Baltic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



May 29, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Jun 5, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


Jun 25, 1916

Transferred to the 75th Battalion at Bramshott


Jul 7, 1916

Transferred to the 51st Battalion at Bramshott


Jul 14, 1916

Admitted to hospital


Jul 19, 1916

Discharged from hospital with light duties


Aug 1, 1916

Medical Board at Bramshott

Ø  Surgery site entirely healed

Ø  Slight reduction of chest expansion a result of his Emphysema

Ø  Board recommends 4 weeks of Physical Training


Sep 25, 1916

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) and attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


Dec 1, 1916

Transferred to the CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps) in London


Mar 19, 1917

Medical Board at Hastings declares him fit for full service


Mar 23, 1917

Transferred to the 9th Reserve Battalion in Bramshott


Apr 25, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private in order to proceed to the front

Transferred to the 10th Battalion


Apr 26, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 316 reinforcements from England and Taken On Strength the 10th Battalion


May 16, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Alp joined the 10th Battalion resting in billets in Ruitz, France


Aug 15, 1917

During the attack on Hill 70 near Lens, France, Private Alp received severe shrapnel wounds to his left leg and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 33 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  In an attempt to save his life, the leg was amputated, but Private James Alp died of his wounds while still at the casualty clearing station. 





Private James Halliday Alp was buried in the nearby Bethune Town Cemetery.



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