James Gould



Jun 3, 1893

Born in Flowers Cove, Straits of Belle Isle, Newfoundland


Aug 1, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the Detaining Force with the rank of Sergeant


Sep 27, 1915

Taken off the payroll of the Detaining Force


Jan 28, 1916

Attested into the 64th Battalion in Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Ø      Number 471002

Ø      Next of kin given as William Gould, father, Flowers Cove, Straits of Belle Isle, Newfoundland

Ø      Previous occupation given as sailor

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


Feb 7, 1916

Married and his next of kin is changed to read Evangeline Gould, wife, 178 Gottingen St., Halifax, Nova Scotia


Feb 28, 1916

Sentenced to 24 hours detention for drunkenness


Mar 31, 1916

Embarked the SS Adriatic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 9, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 40th Reserve Battalion in the Caesar Camp near Folkestone


Jul 12, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jul 14, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 76 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion. 


Aug 2, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Chippewa Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


Aug 12, 1916

Just 10 days after joining the battalion, Private James Gould was killed while in the front line H & O trenches, near St. Eloi, Belgium and buried in the Ridge Wood Cemetery, Voormezeele Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. F. Harding (she had remarried), Poulamon, Richmond County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs. William Gould, Flowers Cove, Strait of Belle Isle, Newfoundland


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