James Brown

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 14, 1890

Born in London, England


Dec 3, 1915

Attested into the 164th Battalion at Grand Valley, Ontario 

Ø      Number 663139

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Cecelia Jeal, step-mother, of 12 Duke St, Oswestry, Shropshire, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

The copy of the Attestation paper in the file is a hand written copy dated April 20, 1917 and it notes that the original was either lost or destroyed.  It shows an incorrect birth year of 1891.


Jul 6, 1916

The Battalion moved to Camp Borden, near Barrie, Ontario for further training


Oct 16, 1916

The Battalion moved to Hamilton, Ontario for additional training while being quartered in the Westinghouse Barracks.


Feb 11, 1917

Admitted to the Hamilton Hospital diagnosed with Tonsillitis and surgery was performed to remove them 

Gonorrhea is also noted on the diagnosis


Mar 23, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 5, 1917

The Battalion entrained at Hamilton to begin the journey to England


Apr 11, 1917

Embarked the SS Carpathia at Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 22, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool, England and proceeded by train to the Segregation Camp at Otterpool


Apr 23, 1917

Private Brown was transferred to the 2nd Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


May 27, 1917

He was transferred back to the 164th Battalion


Jul 7, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital at Bramshott with a diagnosis that reads Suspect CSF (Cerebral Spinal Fluid) 

He was transferred the same day to the Military Isolation Hospital at Aldershott and the diagnosis is changed to read Cerebral Tonsillitis, a severe spinal infection resulting from his previous surgery


Jul 27, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 8, 1918

Attached to the 119th Battalion at Witley for duty


Mar 19, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 119th Battalion and attached to the 125th Battalion for duty


Mar 28, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 125th Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples, France as part of a draft of 1,498 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 49 reinforcements for the 21st Battalion


Apr 8, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the village of Wailly, France as part of a draft of 44 reinforcements and was assigned to “A” Company


Aug 6, 1918

During the night of August 5th-6th, the 21st Battalion was moving forward in preparation to launch an attack when Pte Brown was killed by the explosion of a 5.9 inch German artillery shell.

Longueau British Cemetery
Somme France


Above is from the January 1938 issue of the Communiqé, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter describing how Pte Brown met his death, and below is from the Battalion's War Diary



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his foster mother, Mrs C.J. Jeal, at 12 Duke St, Oswestry, Shropshire, England

No Memorial Cross was issued as his mother had predeceased him 


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