James Hugh McQuitty

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 25, 1894

Born to John and Agnes (nee McVeigh) McQuitty at Welland Ontario


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at Welland Ontario 

Ø      Number 141743

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs RH Shaw, mother, of Denistoun St, Welland Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Core Maker

Ø      Previous military experience given as 44th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

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


Jul 12, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Jul 13, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at the Chippawa Camp.  The Battalion was participating in a Sports Day.  This was the same day that the Commanding Officer, L/Col WSP Hughes, announced that he would be leaving the Battalion on being promoted to Brig-Gen, and the Major EW Jones would be assuming Command of the Battalion


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Pte McQuitty was wounded twice and taken to a Field Ambulance for first aid before being transferred to the No 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 10, 1917

Pte McQuitty died of his wounds

Lapugnoy Military Cemetery
Pas de Calais, France

Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Cross, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his mother, Mrs RH Shaw, who had been widowed and remarried.  Her second marriage had ended and she was living alone at Welland Ontario 

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