James Fitzpatrick


Jun 15, 1889

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England


Mar 22, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59324 (temporary number 1349)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, mother, 57 Danefield Place, Otley, Yorkshire, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 months in the Durham Light Infantry

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company 

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 to continue training. 

While in the West Sandling Camp, he was assigned for duty as a Cook


Sep 2, 1915

Transferred from the Depot Company to “C” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 31, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Coryza, a nasal infection, usually in the sinuses.  He was discharged to duty the same day after receiving medication


Nov 27, 1915

While out on a work party near La Clytte, Private Fitzpatrick was killed by a bullet wound to the head and was buried in the Ridgewood Military Cemetery.  For official purposes, his death is recorded as having happened the following day.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, John Fitzpatrick, 109 Washington St., Girlington, Bradford, Yorkshire, England.  No Memorial Cross was issued as his mother had pre-deceased him


For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of James Fitzpatrick being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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