James Coleman Jordan



Aug 26, 1895

Born at St John New Brunswick


May 5, 1917

Attested into the Signal Training Depot at Sackville New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 2265939

Ø      Next of kin given as WC Jordan (father) of 5 Paradise Row, St John New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student (Engineering)

Ø      Previous military experience given as OTC (Officer Training Corps) at Mt Allison University

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jul 18, 1917

Will made out at the Signal Training Depot at Ottawa Ontario, leaving entire estate to his father, WC Jordan.


Nov 24, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 8, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the CETD (Canadian Engineers Training Depot) at Seaford


Dec 19, 1917

TOS 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 15, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 11, 1918

Embarked for France as part of a draft to the PPCLI


Apr 12, 1918

Arrived at 3rd CBD (Canadian Base Depot)


Apr 14, 1918

Left for CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 15, 1918

Arrived at CCRC at Le Havre


Jun 5, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1918

TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary:

 A draft of twenty Other Ranks arrived from the 3rd Divisional Wing, CCRC.  These Other Ranks had been despatched from England as reinforcements for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.” 


Jul 16, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Influenza


Jul 20, 1918

Rejoined battalion from CFA


Aug 28, 1918

First reported missing after action, then reported Missing Presumed Dead.  The Battalion’s War Diary notes 41 Other Ranks Missing that day.


He is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France.  This indicates that his body was either never found, or if found, was never identified.



British War Medal, Victory Medal, Death Plaque and Scroll, and Memorial Cross were all sent to mother, Mrs Margaret Jordan, 5 Paradise Row, St John New Brunswick.  There was no indication of date for any of these items. 


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