James Cremaine Fitzpatrick MM



Feb 28, 1894

Born at Cascades Que


Mar 25, 1916

Attested into the 136th Battalion at Campbell’s Bay, Quebec 

Ø     Number 805654

Ø     Next of kin given as Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (mother) of Russell Ontario

Ø     Previous occupation given as Bank Clerk

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Presbyterian


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the Troopship Corsican at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 14, 1916

Medical Board at West Sandling Camp notes a disability due to Flat Feet.  Declares him fit for Permanent Base Duty only. 

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Center) and then attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion for PBD (Permanent Base Duty)


Oct 26, 1916

Attached  to HQ (Headquarters) CTD (Canadian Training Depot) for duty as a Clerk at Shorncliffe


Jan 21, 1917

Ceases to be attached to HQ CTD and returned to CCAC for duty


Jan 23, 1917

Medical Board at Hastings, Sussex notes: 

Ø     Patient claims to have always had Flat Feet

Ø     Also claims to have dislocated his ankles 3 times in February 1916 playing hockey and they have not been strong since

Ø     Has only done Clerical work since enlistment and has never tried regular soldier duties

Ø     Has sores on back of heels from poor fitting boots.  Should have special boots

Ø     Classified “D”1 (fit for Base Duty in England Only)


Jan 24, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for duty


Mar 10, 1917

SOS CCAC on transfer to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remains attached to 3rd CCD for duty


Mar 16, 1917

Medical Board at St Leonard’s Hospital notes his Flat Feet but declares him “A”3 (fit for regular duty after hardening up)


Mar 22, 1917

Ceases to be attached to 3rd CCD and SOS EORD on transfer to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 19, 1917

SOS on transfer to the 21st Battalion and embarked for France


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jul 7, 1917

Joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in the field


Aug 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in a rest area at Fosse 10, which was an old mine approximately 20 km north of Arras France


Mar 13, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 25, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge 

This in fact is a single stripe similar to that worn by a Lance Corporal, only worn inverted on the lower portion of the sleeve


Apr 13, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Oct 12, 1918

Admitted to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) suffering from effects from Gas Shell during an attack at Avesnes-le-Sec, North East of Cambrai France  

Transferred via No 23 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Oct 14, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


Admitted to Walden County Hospital at Eastbourne 

Posted to EORD while in hospital


Oct 23, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Oct 24, 1918

Transferred to Military Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Nov 29, 1918

Declared fit for duty and discharged from Hospital 

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Witley


Dec 27, 1918

Placed On Command to MD #3 (Military District) at Kinmel Park, Rhyle, pending return to Canada


Jan 8, 1919

SOS on embarking the SS Olympic at Southampton for Canada


TOS MD #3 Depot at Ottawa Ontario


Jan 16, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa Ontario


Jan 17, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 3, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged on Demobilization from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 60810

Ø     Proposed residence on discharge – Russell Ontario 

Awarded the Military Medal as per London Gazette #31173


I could find no Citation for this award, but I would assume it is in connection with the attack on October 12, 1918, when he was gassed in an attack.  It would seem that the paperwork describing his heroic deed has been destroyed.


Oct 28, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him c/o Bank of Nova Scotia, North Bay Ontario 

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