John Victor Jealous


Dec 5, 1880

Born in London, England to Frederick John and Frances (nee Brown) Jealous


Nov 15, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59504 (temporary number 720)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Myra Lillian Jealous, wife, 21 Gilmour St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Paper Hanger

Ø      Previous military experience given as 8 years in the 16th Queen’s Lancers Regiment in England as a Corporal

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

Appointed to the rank of Provisional Sergeant on attestation. 

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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant and backdated to November 10, 1914, indicating that he was on the payroll prior to attestation.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


May 1, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


May 10, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Sep 15, 1916

Shortly after the 21st Battalion captured the sugar refinery at Courcelette, the explosion of an enemy artillery shell instantly killed Sergeant Jealous.  He was buried by his comrades in a nearby field, but when the Imperial War Graves Commission attempted to locate his body for reburial in a formal cemetery, he could not be found.  He is honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy Ridge, France as having no known grave.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. ML Jealous, 127-3rd Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. F Jealous, 85 Preoig Park Rd., Hillrun, London, England


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