James Baillie



Nov 26, 1884

Born in Stranraer, Scotland


Nov 2, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 46th Durham Regiment, Canadian Militia, in Port Hope, Ontario.


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59030 (temporary number 728)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Janet Hall Baillie, wife, Younge St., Port Hope, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Greaser

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o       He is reported to have been the Batman for L/Col EW Jones and later as being in the Quartermaster Section 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 6, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 18, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 8, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 20, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 30, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 17, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre

On arrival in England he was posted to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) and attached to “P” Wing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool


May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279960

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge, Port Hope, Ontario 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Harcourt St., Port Hope, Ontario


Dec 19, 1920

His wife, Janet, died of Colon Cancer at the Port Hope Hospital and buried in the Union Cemetery there.


Jun 9, 1921

Shown on the 1921 Canadian Census as living at 79 Harcourt St., Port Hope, Ontario with his 3 children, William, James Jr. and Janet


Dec 29, 1932

James Baillie died in Port Hope.  One of his Pall Bearers was a 21st Battalion comrade, J.D. Golding MM


Mar 23, 1942

James Baillie Jr., son, was killed while serving as an Able Seaman aboard the Steam Tanker, Naeco, when it was torpedoed by the German U-Boat U-124 off the coast of North Carolina, USA

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