James Clapperton

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 4, 1887

Born to John and Nellie Clapperton in Kelso, Scotland


Nov 13, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 45th Victoria Regiment, Canadian Militia in Lindsay, Ontario.


Nov 15, 1914

Removed from the 45th Regiment’s payroll on being sent to Kingston.


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59159 (temporary number 703)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. N. Clapperton, mother, 24 Brougham Pl., Edinburgh, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


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


May 19, 1915

Fined $3.00 and awarded 10 days detention for Drunkenness.

He began to serve his sentence on June 9.


Jun 19, 1915

Rejoined the battalion from serving his detention.


Jun 29, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave).


Jun 30, 1915

Reported for duty and sentenced to 10 days detention in addition to forfeiting 2 days pay for being AWL.


Jul 10, 1915

Sentenced to 15 days detention and forfeits 1 day’s pay for being AWL.


Sep 1, 1915

Declared to be AWL.


Sep 6, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 6 days pay for his absence and sentenced to 14 days detention for being in possession of an improper pass.


Sep 14, 1915

He was released early from detention and embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 6, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment #2 for Drunkenness at Dranoutre.


Apr 22, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that read Gastritis.  He was transferred to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station the same day.


He was later transferred to the No. 17 CCS where the diagnosis was changed to read Acute Cholangitis, an infection of the Bile Duct.


Apr 27, 1916

Private Clapperton died at 9.05 am at the No. 17 CCS and was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Nellie Clapperton, 24 Brougham Place, Edinburgh, Scotland.


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