James Bruton, MMwBar



Nov 5, 1884

Born at Bristol England


Jul 15, 1915

Shown on the pay sheet for the 12th Regiment, York Rangers at Toronto Ontario


Aug 11, 1915

Attested into the 1st Draft of the 83rd Battalion at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Number 171046

Ø      Next of kin given as Eliza Bruton (mother) of 54 Elm Grove Ave, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Decorator

Ø      Previous military experience given as the 12th Regiment, York Rangers

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Sep 24, 1915

Transferred to the Service Company


Sep 25, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec



Oct 5, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, where he was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion


Jan 1, 1916

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal


Feb 3. 1916

Reverts to rank of Pte in order to proceed to France 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the N & O Trenches on this date and he most likely would have joined the rear party which would have been a mile or more behind the front line


Jun 28, 1916

Admitted to the 1st CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to his back 

The Battalion was positioned in the front line trenches 33 to 38, and there was an exchange of artillery fire when he was wounded.


Jun 30, 1916

Transferred to No 12 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Hazebrook


Jul 6, 1916

Discharged to unit for duty


Dec 25, 1916

At duty from Machine Gun Course


Jan 16, 1917

Transferred to the 14th Canadian Machine Gun Company


Jul 15, 1917

Granted leave of absence


Jul 29, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Aug 15, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl R Saint, 135305


Oct 2, 1917

Proceeded on the NCO’s course


Oct 18, 1917

Attended at No 58 Casualty Clearing Station for dental treatment, and released the same day


Nov 19, 1917

Rejoined unit from course


Dec 18. 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay to replace Cpl Dickenson, 72033, who had proceeded to England


Dec 21, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Mar 19, 1918

The 14th Canadian Machine Gun Company was absorbed into the 2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps


Mar 21, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Apr 4, 1918

Arrived at CMGBD (Canadian Machine Gun Base Depot) from leave


Apr 7, 1918

Proceeded to the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Apr 9, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Apr 20, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sergeant to complete the unit establishment


Aug 27, 1918

Admitted to No 8 CFA with shrapnel wounds to hip and right arm 

Transferred the same day to the Casualty Clearing Station, then immediately transferred to No 12 Stationary Hospital


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred via No 23 AT (Ambulance Train)


Sep 1, 1918

Invalided to England and posted to the CMGCD (Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot) Seaford while in hospital 

Admitted to the Auxiliary Military Hospital, Barry Road, Northampton


Sep 9, 1918

The announcement of being awarded the Military Medal made in 2nd Division Orders #4279


Oct 10, 1918

The announcement of being awarded a Bar to the Military Medal made in 2nd Division Orders #4301


Oct 16, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Oct 30, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Dec 12, 1918

Posted to Canadian Machine Gun Depot at Seaford


Dec 22, 1918

On Command to Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 2, 1919

Attached to CCCKP (Canadian Concentration Camp Kinmel Park) pending return to Canada


Jan 18, 1919

Embarked the HMT Aquitania at Liverpool


TOS No 2 District Depot at Toronto Ontario


Jan 24, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario 

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette number 31142



Jan 29, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 12, 1919


Feb 13, 1919

Medical Board at the Exhibition Camp Toronto notes: 

Ø      Suffers from loss of hearing due to shell explosions and use of machine guns

Ø      Suffered from a dislocated shoulder in March of 1917, but was not treated for it.  Suffers from pain and stiffness at times from that

Ø      Recommended for discharge as Medically Unfit


Feb 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 86013

Ø      Rank on discharge Sgt

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 54 Elm Grove Ave, Toronto Ontario 

Records indicate that he was to take out patient treatment for the limited mobility of his shoulder and arms.  He was also entitled to 183 days post discharge pay as his War Service Gratuity


Jul 15, 1921

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 54 Elm Grove Ave, Toronto Ontario


Dec 31, 1923

Married to Elizabeth Henderson Gracey at Toronto Ontario 

Address on marriage, 496 Perth Ave, Toronto


Nov 24, 1968

Deceased at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto Ontario 

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