James Henry Mabee

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 17, 1890

Born in St. John, New Brunswick to William and Annie Mabee


Dec 30, 1912

Married to Edith Maud Hampton in St. John, New Brunswick


Aug 17, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion in Sussex, New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 445441

Ø      Next of kin given as Edith Mabee, wife, West St. John, New Brunswick

o       This was later changed to read103 Walter St., West St. John, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The main body of the battalion was training at Valcartier, Quebec


Aug 21, 1915

Proceeded to Valcartier, Quebec to join the battalion for training


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott and later to Westenhanger


Apr 7, 1916

Awarded 7 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited $7.70 for leaving camp while on Sick Parade and for leaving camp while awaiting trial.


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 853 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 13, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


May 15, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line T & R trench system


Jun 14, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Shell Shock, then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jun 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 CDRS (Canadian Divisional Rest Station)


Jun 17, 1916

Admitted to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne


Jun 18, 1916

Discharged to Base Details in Boulogne


Jul 17, 1916

Transferred to the CBD in Havre.  While here he is treated as an outpatient for Hemorrhoids


Aug 5, 1916

Left for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Aug 8, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the Halifax Camp


Aug 21, 1916

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join his own battalion


Aug 22, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in the Quebec Camp, near Ridgewood


Sep 15, 1916

During the attack on a German strong point in a sugar refinery near Courcelette, Private Mabee was first reported missing, then later recorded as being killed in action.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield, or if so, was never identified.  For this reason he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Edith Mabee, 103 Water St., St. John, New Brunswick



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of James Henry Mabee being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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