James Nelson Hart

Mar 15, 1898

Born in Osnabruck, Ontario to Nelson and Angeline (nee Tremblay) Hart


Jul 5, 1911

Angeline Hart, mother, passed away in Osnabruck, Ontario


Feb 23, 1916

Shown on the payroll of the 59th Stormont and Glengarry Regiment in Cornwall


Apr 5, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion CEF in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 634002

Ø      Next of kin given as Sidney Hart, uncle, Grantley, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 month in the 59th Regiment, Home Guard

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Jan 25, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Reserve Battalion in Witley to continue training


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 10, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Coupigny, France


Aug 15, 1917

During the attack on Hill 70, the battalion was involved in severe hand-to-hand combat.  During this fighting, Private Hart received serious wounds and was evacuated to the field ambulance for first aid


Aug 21, 1917

After his condition stabilized, he was transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Aug 25, 1917

He was placed on the dangerously ill list and transferred to the No. 26 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples


Aug 31, 1917

Private Hart succumbed to his wounds and was buried in the nearby Etaples Military Cemetery, Etaples, France

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to Sidney Hart, uncle, Cornwall, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to Elburn Hart, brother, Berwick, Ontario.  This was later returned and it is unclear from the file as to whether it was sent to another address.  There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had pre-deceased him


Private Hart is honoured on the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry war memorial in Ingleside, Ontario


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