James Larkin

Jul 30, 1894

Born in Kendal Westmoreland, England


Sep 16, 1902

Embarked the SS Lake Simcoe in Liverpool with his mother and 4 siblings


Sep 24, 1902

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Jun 4, 1915

James Larkin volunteered for service at the Toronto Armouries and underwent a medical examination.  He was declared fit for service


Jun 8, 1915

Attested into the 35th Battalion CEF at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Ø  Number 405067

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Alice Anne Larkin, mother, 102 Albany Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Stenography and Bookkeeping

Ø  Previous military experience given as the 10th Royal Grenadiers, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Assigned to “B” Company


The battalion trained at the Niagara Camp


Oct 16, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


Oct 22, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and the battalion proceeded to Shorncliffe to continue training.  While here the battalion was designated as a reserve battalion


Mar 31, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private in order to proceed to the front


Apr 1, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 20, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Larkin joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion attacked Hill 70 near Lens, France and became engaged in hand to hand combat.  Once the Hill had been captured, the Germans mounted several counter attacks and the battalion suffered many casualties.  Private Larkin was killed during this action and was buried in a nearby field.  When the war ended, his remains could not be located, or if so, could not be identified and his name is honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war in France with no known grave.


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. A. Larkin, 102 Albany Ave., Toronto, Ontario

James Larkin is honoured in the Walmer Road Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario

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