Thomas Patrick James



Mar 19, 1897

Born at London England 

On Attestation for WW1, he gave his birth year as 1890, but for WW2, he gave his birth date as being March 19, 1897.  This is most likely his correct birth date


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59502 (temporary number 438)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Elizabeth James (mother) of 7 Kentnor St., London England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       He is later noted as being a member of “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the SS St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jun 19, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a case of Gonorrhea


Jun 20, 1916

Transferred via No 16 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Jun 22, 1916

Admitted to No 9 Stationary Hospital at Havre


Jul 31, 1916

Transferred to No 39 General Hospital at Harfleur 

Forfeits Field allowance and placed under pay stoppage of 50 cents per day while in hospital beginning June 23, 1916 for a total of 39 days


Aug 1, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre


Aug 5, 1916

Left CBD for 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Aug 8, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Aug 21, 1916

Left 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join unit


Aug 22, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Sep 22, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Sep 25, 1916

Reduced in rank to Lance Cpl


Oct 17, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte and is appointed to position of Regimental Armourer and posted for pay as Regimental Cpl



Feb 23, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl and appointed to position of Armourer Cpl


Mar 30, 1918

Reverts to rank of Pte and relinquishes position of Armourer Cpl at own request


Aug 29, 1918

Wounded slightly to his back and was treated at the Regimental aid station and remained at duty


Sep 18, 1918

Wounded and admitted to hospital


Sep 21, 1918

Returned to duty from hospital


Oct 8, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 26, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked at Folkestone and proceeded to the Canadian Embarkation Camp at Witley


Apr 9, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 279917

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – General Delivery, Renfrew Ontario


Jan 5, 1925

British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1914-15 Star sent to General Delivery Renfrew Ontario


Jan 26, 1925

Medals were returned


Apr 12, 1928

Medals were re-sent to PO Box 654 Renfrew Ontario


Sep 17, 1936

Duplicate set of medals sent to c/o Mr HB Plawnt, Pye Ontario


Jul 27, 1940

Attested into the Canadian Forces at Sudbury Ontario 

Ø      Number B14750


Mar 3, 1946

Employed as a Prisoner of War Escort to return German POWs to Europe at war’s end


Mar 14, 1947

Discharged from the Canadian Forces on General Demobilization


Dec 14, 1972

Replacement set of medals purchased and sent c/o Foley Nursing Home, Garson Ontario


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